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* Posts by Thorne

1027 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

ReDigi fights for right to sell used digital music

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Pirate

The music industry wants it's cake and eat it too.

How can piracy be theft but virtual goods can't be resold because there is no physical object?

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Deep-sea worm recalls Star Wars favourite

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In other news, the penis headed fish found in Vietnam has been named "Piccard"

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Google settles epic US book-scanning battle with 5 publishers

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Re: Riddle Me This Batman

"Ebooks are also subject to VAT that traditional books are not which drives their prices back up."

Ebooks have no printing costs, no shipping costs, almost no staff costs yet are only marginally cheaper than a paper copy shipped around the world.

If I buy a second hand copy of a book it will be cheaper than the Ebook.

Now I'd assume the author earns just as much for an Ebook as a paper book and I can't see the author earning more than $1 a copy, the publishing companies must be spending a fortune on hosting or just ripping everyone off.

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Re: the rights of the copyright-holders have been acknowledged ...

Better to ask forgiveness than permission.

Books will have a wider audience and a longer life electronically and if Google had asked permission off every author and publishing company, it would never happen. Ever. Not in a million years.

This way the project has happened, law suits settled and precidences set. Yes some rights got trampled on the way but any other way nothing would have happened.

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

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Re: Ah, but...

Stars are nothing but a reaction turning matter into energy. I cannot see aliens going to the bother of surrounding a star to capture the output. By the time they reach that level of technology, they will just turn matter to energy themselves and the only way to not have energy is to have no matter.

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Re: If we are no alone

"We have Macbooks that can upload a virus to the mothership."

It wasn't the virus. Steve Jobs realized the aliens had stolen his "technology" and went all thermonuclear on them. The motherships got over run with lawyers and the aliens lost the will to live. Apparently living several million light years away doesn't protect you from American patent laws.

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DON'T PANIC: Arctic methane emissions have been going on for ages

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"It's not quite as black and white as that."

Yes it is. Damn you farting penguins

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Apple files 'Shake to Print' iOS patent application

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I'm going to patent the idea of shaking a device voids the warranty.

Muhahahahahahaha

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Re: Oh dear.....

Now when you shake your iPad, you put into silent, turn on the flashlight and print, all at the same time.

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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They should stick the retrial on Judge Judy. I'd pay to watch Judge Judy verbally bitchslap both Apple and Samsung

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Re: I read that book

"unbiased judges who are capable of reasoning for themselves."

Is there such a thing?

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Googorola mysteriously pulls plug on ITC Apple patent probe

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Maybe they found a cheaper and easier way to bitchslap Apple. Considered Apple hasn't dropped the subject I doubt Google has either so the bitchslapping and name calling will continue on for awhile yet

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Conroy wants telcos to wear undies on heads

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Re: Sooks

Conroy might have the power but yelling "Suck it bitches" isn't a smart way to prove a point.

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Re: "I have unfettered legal power"

"Seriously - that level of arrogance is dangerous in any democracy."

Australia is a democracy? I thought it was a retardocracy. I only vote to vote out the retards I hate most and the last retard left gets the job. Democracy implies I'm voting for someone I want to run the country and these clowns can't run a chook raffle.

The only person worth voting for is Craig Thomson because he CAN organize a bonk in a brothel. The rest are not that gifted.

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Oregon farmer devoured by own hogs

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Re: Feed 'im to the pigs, Errol

It was his Angry Birds T-shirt that pissed them off

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

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"Just wow... this guy really got the book thrown at him for a mistake. And we literally cannot get rid of Abu Hamza, a man that clearly deserves several books thrown at him."

Several books wrapped in a safe

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Tesla drops veil on TOP SECRET solar Superchargers

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"What would the UK Government do if people stopped paying 60% fuel tax and got their car power for free?"

Tax sunlight (It wouldn't be the first time the UK government did that. Australia has rain tax so it could tax sunlight too)

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With a super fast charge time of an hour verses a normal refill time of a couple of minutes, electric cars are dead. Nobody want to pull into a service station and watch a movie.

As they said on Top Gear while reviewing hydrogen cars "The car of tomorrow looks exactly like the car of today"

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ASIC chimes in on data retention, seeks more intercept powers

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Re: Why?

They can get a warrant but the whole purpose is after they get the warrant, they have access to everything you have ever done.

Current they can only see what you do after the warrent. They just want to see everything you did before the warrant you know incase their charges don't pan out, they can charge you for visitng the pirate bay or such years ago.

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: The future

Or alternatively, Skynet will take control of the self drive vehicles and use them as hunter killers

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"Is an automatic car going to avoid a bad pothole in the road? how will it deal with the Police and emergency services wanting to get past?"

Yes the automatic car will avoid the pothole. The first car hits the pothole and records it's location. It then transmit the location of the hole to passing vehicle heading back that way which in turn transmit it to to other passing vehicles so all passing vehicles know. The first vehicle then also submits the location of the pothole to the road authority while passing a radio receiver.

As for police and ambulances, they will get fitted with a radio version of the siren. I'm a police car, I'm at this location, I'm going this way. Self drive vehicles will pull over long before any human knows their coming. Traffice light will change so there will be absolutely no blockages to emergency vehicles.

"We don't have fully automatic trains and those things are on rails with a hugely limited number of destinations, no pedestrians to worry about. So why do we think cars will be much easier?"

Cars will be harder than trains. The only reason why train drivers still exist is because of unions protecting the drivers.

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Re: Read the background material

"All those who want to use an auto-car pissed , stoned or asleep, probably ought to read the second paragraph of the bill:"

Yes thats now but how much longer until the meatsack is removed from the equation? Not long at all

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Re: Hum

Only from the three shells...

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Re: praos

Totally wrong!

There will be more cars owned cause nobody want to drive in a taxi where some drunk puked up and so on.

Self drive means suddenly people who can't drive will now be able to use a car. Dad's car, mum's car and the kids have one too.

The real improvement will be that they will be able to drive faster and closer together to handle more traffic on the same roads

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Re: Five years? They're on crack

They've already clocked up thousands of miles, in every weather conditions and traffic conditions with only one accident recorded which was caused by a human in the other car rear ending them at the lights.

How do you prove them safe to drive on the road without getting them on the road?

That said I think they must be on crack to think they'll be on the road in five years. The effort to get laws changed to allow self drive cars will take at least twice as long as that. It's not a technical issue but a bureaucratic issue. New laws written, new standards drafted, new testing regimes and a mountain of red tape that will dwarf most soverign nations, then multiply that by every country you want to sell them into cause their all different.

If that doesn't kill off self drive vehicles, nothing will.

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Google Car

Better than the iCar using Apple maps....... God only knows where you'll end up or if it even has a road.

On the bright side more Fanbois will drown....

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Re: This brings a new meaning to...

"...are you feeling lucky?"

Every time you get into a car (or even out of bed for that matter), it's a question of feeling lucky.

Is the dude in front of me an old geezer with the vision of a mole and the reactions of cheese? Are they drunk? on drugs? morons? hoons?

Is there wild animals about to leap out in front? Did I just drive over a nail? Are the kids fighting on the back seat? Did my phone just ring?

The real question is of the risk. 90% of accidents are caused by humans. Can a robot with perfect reflexes, perfect attention and who can see 360 degrees as well as in the dark do a worse job than human drivers?

There will still be accidents and sometimes the robot will be at fault and sometimes people will die but people are dying right now anyway and less people will die with self drive vehicles.

The only real threat from self drive cars is to the coffers of the roadside tax collectors

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Book me up. I want one except in Australia, it will take the retards in government twenty years after the rest of the word has them to approve them.

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Google charms Greenpeace with wind powered data center deal

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The Opening Night

Was going really well until the waiters brought out the whale sashimi h'orderves ....

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325 Dicks sell for AUD$20m

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These days Tricky Dicks is exactly the same as Bing Lee only more expensive. I'm supprised they haven't gone broke already.

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Russia blocks Monsanto corn in GM study fallout

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Re: sigh

Considered you need to sell your soul to Monsanto to grow it, I suspect that is more likely a reason to ban it than a dodgy study done by a french quack.

Personally I'd blame the roundup more than the GM corn for any increase in cancer

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Linux-based Tizen mobile platform lives!

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Need Apps

Need apps to build marketshare and need marketshare to get apps.

Apple got in first. Android got in by not being Apple and Microsoft will fill third place. Anything else will struggle to gain traction.

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Google in new Maps patent row - but not with Apple

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Re: "Google's map app - which was recently thrown off Apple's iOS platform"

"Apple Maps, which recently stopped using Google's data"... Which basically makes the comment null and void, because Apple never used Googles code?"

Yeah they just hire the Google Maps team....

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Populous

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Re: Not one shot from the Legoworld pack?

Yes but at least in Populous the invisible sky people do stuff. Can't tell if religion's invisible sky people do stuff. Mostly seems to be nutters doing stuff in the name of the invisible sky person. If god is so powerful he can do his own smiting (just like on Populous)

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Kiwi cops forgot Kim Dotcom's visa

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Pirate

"Perhaps they didn't bother checking his citizenship status, since they already knew of his criminal convictions in Germany - which meant he shouldn't have qualified for a visa. That's the real story here, the way fat boy got his visa through greasing the palms of certain politicians."

Seriously! Who does the government want moving to their country? Rich Germans or poor Afgans?

Kim is spending big in the country and the Afgans are on social security and government handouts. Big Kim was minding his own business when raided by the police by the orders of their American masters and the Afgans are chucking rocks at police cause someone in another country said nasty things about their religion.

I'd pick a German pirate over an Afgan terrorist any day

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Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

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Re: Smart move by Google.

"You can have an Apple app permanently in development, watch and laugh as iTards slow give up on Apple, because the maps are a deal breaker (which they are) and they gradually work out they aren't the tech leader than some of the press seem to make out they are, and in say 2-3 years when they start approaching 50% of what Google Maps are, they can release it."

They'll just hire the the entire Google Maps team and get them to rewrite it for the iPhone. Whoops, too late, they're already doing that.

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

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"rapists - now there's a deserving test group."

Yes but do you want them to live longer?

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Re: Quantity vs quality

Try living with a woman for ten years and then tell me you have a better quality of life than a eunuch. You both have just as much sex only the eunuch misses it less.

(That said I'll still keep them for sentimental reasons and damn the ten years)

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Re: 'Castration is the key to a longer life' You first.

It's actually women that cause men to die younger. No balls means no women means live longer.

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Most biofuels fail green test: study

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Re: To say nothing of the fact ...

Making your hummer more environmentally friendly is more important than starving Africans

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Broadband too costly in developing countries, says ITU

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Maybe if Gina was paying the African miners more than $2 a day, they could afford broadband

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NTT demos petabit transmission on single fibre

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Paris Hilton

The possibilities for porn...

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Apple demands $707m more from Samsung

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Gimp

They need to money to pay their chinese workers properly (or better guards to beat them back to work, which ever is cheaper). The fanbois need the iPhone5s

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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

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Re: Not exactly

"They lost their way a long time ago but they never knew it."

And now with Apple Maps they'll never be able to find it again

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DARPA demos cyborg binoculars to spot the enemy

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Re: Planet of the Apes

Poor monkeys. We could use homeless people and solve two problems at one

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Roxon clarifies data retention proposals with ASIO support

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Black Helicopters

For my protection

I feel safer already

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Anonymous considering another tilt at Australia

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Black Helicopters

Re: Here's a clue...

"No one with a brain gives a rat's arse what Anonymous thinks or feels regarding data retention. Authorities are going to do what is right for society and Anonymous can go pound salt while they are in prison."

Yes the police state is good for society. GPS trackers for everyone. Just wait until they invent brain chips to control your every thought. That'll be great for society. No more crime. No more protests and they can program you to vote them back into power.

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Re: I really don't care what Anonymous thinks

"There are proper ways to steer political discourse, and they are the only ones by which a SUSTAINED result can be obtained."

Problem is this legislation doesn't have proper discourse. The police want the powers and so it's getting rammed though despite public opinion, ISP complaints and so on but hey think of the children

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International Trade Commission heeds Moto, targets Apple

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Mushroom

Steve may have decided to go thermonuclear but clearly forgot that nobody wins a thermonuclear war. Just end up with survivors eaking out an existance in a radioactive wasteland.

Kinda like fallout except the mutant monsters eating the survivors are actually lawyers

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Did GM food cause GIANT TUMOURS IN RATS?

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Just the way that their handling the results screams setup.

The whole point to science is to release the results so others can replicate the experiment and achive the same results. If everyone gets the same results then the results are correct. If the results are different, then something is wrong.

A non disclouse agreement before anyone can view the results prevents anyone from rubbishing the results. Those who have seen the results are gagged and those who haven't can't comment.

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