* Posts by Thorne

1329 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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All the US tech companies would move out of the US. It is that or die a slow death. No company can afford to hand over the keys to the government.

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Soon your car won't let you drink. But it won't care if you're on the phone

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"If insurance companies are allowed to provide discounts to drivers with these, there would be an incentive to install them. Eventually they might require them for any cars someone under 18 would drive, since they are traditionally the most expensive to insure and some carriers already refuse to write policies on cars that include a teenage driver."

It's a total waste of time. By the time this gets to a usable state self drive vehicles will be available. Tech like this will only be a problem. People will try and bypass it so it will become more sensitive and then more false positives stopping sober people from driving.

Yes I can see a drunk driver wearing a snorkel and mask driving at two am......

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Vic cops want 'potential radicals' off the Internet

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Re: If they weren't radicalised now...

Cause what could radicalise you faster than the police turning up and taking your iPhone.......

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Total waste of time

Because potential terrorists couldn't buy a cheap laptop from cash convertors and use free wifi at Maccas......

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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Re: Why do we tell them this?

"Not really, no. Now ISIS can flood social media with "selfies" labelled C&C taken outside of places or buildings they would like to be destroyed."

I hear the new ISIS command has an oval office.......

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The $60,000 logo: What it costs to change a website

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Re: $60,000 for this?!

The rebranding has successfully achieved a very important task.

It has taken your mind off the dog of a system the Liberals are installing.......

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Those who live by the spear, die by the sword.....

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Forgery

"I was almost lynched in a comparative religion class making this same suggestion. Someone blurted, "are you saying God is a forger?" I replied, "only if you believe in a 'Young Earth'". People started o shout. Turned out most of the class was fundies expecting to get their confirmation bias stroked."

The best argument against them is the Thursday club. The argument stands as everything was made last Thursday. All your memories was implanted by god when he made everything last Thursday. All scientific evidence that the world is older than a week was faked by god to test our faith and so on.

You can reuse all their arguments and they have to argue that you are wrong and in doing so shoot down all their own arguments.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: Colossal, global stupidity

"It broke several federal laws. You're obviously implying selling illegal drugs is not wrong or unethical. But that's just your opinion. There are plenty of people who disagree with you. But regardless, it is illegal, and Ulbricht knew full well the gravity of the crime, as he even panicked after telling two confidants that he was DPR. His journal entries make it clear he knew just how serious a crime he was committing."

But he wasn't selling drugs. He was managing a website that allowed others to sell drugs. That's the difference.

The problem is the people he tried to have killed, not the Silkroad website.

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Re: Uh huh,

"But what do I know? I am still waiting to hear valid arguments from people who think making drugs illegal is a GOOD idea.

Please come forth. Remember, that if you argue on morality or health grounds, the evidence will defeat you."

I quote the Cartman argument "Drugs are bad, because if you do drugs, you're a hippie and hippies suck!"

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

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"Err, no you cannot have free unlimited storage as you've contradicted yourself in the space of two sentences."

Yes you can. If Google can compact the files as they want, the photo doesn't count towards your quota. If you demand to store full res images, it does count.

What you don't have is unlimited storage for full res images.

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Re: privacy...

"Absolute security and cloud, really?"

Well yes. You can set up a system to encrypt the files locally and store in a cloud based server. The keys never leave the local machine.

How much more secure do you want? Sure you could do your own backup and store in a pulse hardened fireproof safe built into a cold war bunker but it's just photos.

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Re: privacy...

Sorry but if Google doesn't have it then how can it work? The whole point is that it compresses it and sorts it but if it can't read it then it can't do it.

It's a free service, you don't have to use it. If you want absolute security then you need a paid cloud service.

Personally I'd use it as I have a stack of photos sitting on my computer that I'd hate to lose due to a crash or crypto locker or such. Yes I could do a backup and give the copy to someone else but I haven't and it doesn't seem too bad and there isn't anything I want to hide.

I'd use it.

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Yay for Tor! It's given us RANSOMWARE-as-a-service

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Re: "ransomware...as a Windows screensaver"

There is no limit to how stupid some people can be.......

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: Top banter!

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”--Richard Dawkins.

Sounds like my ex........

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BT boss to Oz: we're wonderful and so is copper

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Total waste of time

"He also claimed that BT is getting – present tense – 500 Mbps through its copper infrastructure"

While I'm getting 100mb right now, should the hardware at each end get upgraded, I could get 1gb or more.

Getting 500mb through copper is good but they don't say how they get it. Odds are it's right next to the node and only has a tiny distance of brand new copper to use. Considered Australia has massive distances of poor quality copper, the number of people that could get 500mb you could count on one hand.

Fibre is the only way to go due to the laws of diminishing returns.

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Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks

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Re: Very clever way of tracking travel

Well actually if they had recorded data from said amusement park, that could be tracked also.

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Yes you could...

But really who would bother?

The effort of tracking someone that way is too much effort and there is a million ways to do it far easier.

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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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"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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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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