* Posts by Thorne

1143 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Re: This'll never work

"Poor bloody Martian bast*rds"

Only fair to invade them like they keep invading us in the movies...

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I'd volunteer my ex except while her calorific expenditure is low it's because she does SFA.........

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: All very well...

Still a total waste of time.

"You see your Honour, I caught this nasty bit of malware and some hacker stole the pictures of my ex and posted them skankyhos.com therefore I am completely innocent and a victim in this crime also"

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Re: Let's play "Finish That Sentence."

"I've never been someone who is a scaremonger ..."

But peer pressure made me.......

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Re: Nope

"Surely a guy travelling alone with 3 external drives holding multiple terabytes of data (albeit they were by and large mirrors) constitutes something worth a look? Nope, not interested."

Were you wearing a turban?

I suspect racial profiling is alive and well and may have more to do with your situation.

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Re: Nope

"Shit like Customs being able to take your phone/laptop within 300 miles of the US border w/o any reason whatsoever makes me say "F*ck you, James. With a corn cob""

Australia has changed the laws to allow customs to search laptops/phones for porn. So now they can search any electronic device for whatever they like under the guise of looking for porn. If your device is password protected, you have to hand over the password. Not sure what happens if you tell them to bugger off.

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How can you say you want a legal front door and full co-operation with tech companies when you're slurping all data with no legal grounds from said companies with and without their knowledge, then using secret courts to gag them afterwards should they find out?

Yes you can force them to co-operate and then force them to shut up about it afterwards so the only option is for them to make their systems secure against even themselves so they can't co-operate even if they wanted to.

The government has made this rod for their own backs.........

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Re: Our governments should stop waiting for Ireland et al

"The top 1% of earners in the UK pay 30% of all taxes. Please explain a) How that isn't fair, b) Just how much of the burden you think they should shoulder, and c) What is your plan b when they up sticks and relocate somewhere less hostile?"

Kerry Packer in the day blew $36M in a casino in one night but yet he paid less tax than me????

The ultra rich have such tax scams going such as the double Irish sandwich that they pay less tax than the average earner.

As for moving, they already do but the business they own remain and they should be taxed properly.

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Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease

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Re: Other search engines?

None of that makes sense.

Their name is in an accurate public record but they feel it's no longer relevant and such instead of getting the record removed, they go on a crusade to remove all links to the public record.

How F#$king retarded is that?

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Re: Other search engines?

@big_D

"but you can't get the pages taken down, that is the problem - well, some you probably could, like YouTube or a private blog, but official press is protected and public record can also not be removed. Therefore you have to make it harder to find "no longer relevant" information.

Also, using alternate search terms will still return the original article.

It stops the "poisoning" of personal search results with information, which could be derogatory, that is no longer relevant or is not in the public interest."

That doesn't make sense. You tell me that you have the right to be forgotten by everyone but the press and as such you need to target search engines to hide the truth?

Either what was said was true and too bad for you or it wasn't and so the page should be removed.

Talk about trying to shoot the messenger......

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Re: Lunacy

"Even if they are, time served is time served. If time is served and the conviction "spent" then the debt to society is paid and it is illegal for you to discriminate based on it. Illegal, as in, you would be committing a crime if you did so.

So a) why do you want this on record? and b) are you happy for the crime you commit in discriminating based upon it to also be permanently on record?"

The point is that getting Google to delete the references still doesn't delete the pages. The records still exist.

These people should focus on getting rid of the offending pages and leave the search engines alone.

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Re: Other search engines?

If someone wants to be forgotten then all they need to do is get rid of the offending pages. If there is no content then the search engines will remove it the next round.

Getting the search engines to delete the reference is like removing a book from a library by taking the index card. The book is still there, just harder to find (until someone reindex it).

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: Obama's Snooping

Obama's fault?

Pretty sure it was going before him. Will be going after him and is done by every single government in the world........

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

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Re: Key Words, Natural Cycle

"By the way calling a deer, "Bambi" is a tactic in order to induce sympathy"

Not to me. Makes it sound more tasty........

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Nude photos loaded into the cloud and privacy is a misnomer.

FIFY

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A total waste of time

It's a whack a mole game. Hit a couple of sites and more sites pop up. Threatening to sue Google cause your crappy Apple account got hacked is kinda ironic......

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

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Re: Defeats the whole purpose....

"Nope, sorry, can't do it. It's just too easy."

Sticking one of them down your trousers, you deserve everything you get.....

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Defeats the whole purpose....

The whole point of cheerleaders is to stare to the hot chicks. Might as well watch the toaster.......

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Welcome the world's new Most Phished Country: Australia

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Fishing has always been good down under......

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SURPRISE: Telstra STILL wants all its promised NBN booty

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If putting in an inferior system isn't going to be a cent cheaper then why push the inferior system?

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Re: This is a complex issue in Australia.

The problem they create when they give exclusive deals to Murdoch to try and force people to sign up for his expensive crap cable tv network.

Piracy could be killed off overnight if the retards abandoned their antiquated distribution and licencing system and actually embraced technology

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Re: Game of Thrones

"Unfortunately, that's part of the power of copyright. If HBO feels Foxtel's deal rakes in more money than any potential loss of customers due to the bundling, that's for them to decide and no one else. The only way you can counter is to offer a sweeter deal, but you can still be outbid."

If you've taken piracy into consideration and still given exclusive rights to Murdoch then you can't bitch about piracy then can you?

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Re: Pffft

"Make the sale when you're fresh in peoples' minds, not six months down the track when other distractions have come and gone."

I'd of walked out of the cinema and bought a copy of Guardians of the Galaxy straight after.

Maybe I should download a dodgy copy since I've already given them my money once already.....

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Re: Obvious industry shill is obvious!

People don't put out press releases that contradict everything they are trying to say therefore if it's a press release put out by big content providers at best it's cherry picked, at worse a total fabrication.

Choice on the other hand isn't a content provider and isn't a pirate so has no incentive to skew the results.

Content providers could kill piracy overnight if they wanted. Yes you can give the content away for free. Youtube doesn't charge. Free to air TV doesn't charge.

Imagine all content with the same ad breaks as TV streamed on demand. Free content, creators get paid and pirates cease to exist.

For an extra monthly fee ads are removed.

Problem solved.

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Feds act to stop cyber-bullying, whatever it is, at some future point

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Re: A few questions...

It's a total waste of time. Unless police are going to be allocated to try and trace the people posting the insults, wiping will just result in another being created and nothing will change.

What will change is legitimate arguments being shut down because someone gets their panties in a twist because someone mocked their religion or said dolphins tasted like tuna (which they do).

Nothing good will come from ill-conceived laws make by technophobic old men.

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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

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Re: Flexible spine

Cheetah isn't the right name for it. Fat pug with a bad back might seem closer........

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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Re: Sounds very suspicious ..

I suspect you're right. Why would a woman keep going with Uber after being refused twelve times. Once yes. Twice maybe. Three times, you'd use someone else. Twelve times is a setup.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: If Steve wanted it...

I think Steve would have hated it because it looks like a watch and not an Apple product. A Steve designed watch would have been sleeker and shinier and would scream Apple. No knob on the side and a longer, curved screen.

No point wearing a watch that looks like a watch. People need to wear an Apple watch and people need to know people are wearing Apple watches.

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'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin

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Re: Show me the hardware.

"One final point. People keep talking about aging copper, as if it's bad. If the copper really needs to be replaced, then it is either because it's due for normal maintenance work, or it wasn't maintained properly. I'll take that silence as an answer, shall I?"

The problem is that Telstra has to legally supply you with a phone line capable of phone calls. Broadband isn't covered and they are not going to replace anything that they aren't forced to.

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Re: BS alternatives

"I don't agree with the first part. I believe that a combination of technologies can work for today's requirements. And yes, that will include FTTP. If you are saying that we must choose one and only one technology and that single infrastructure must work for everyone then yes, only FTTP/H will do. But, thankfully, there is no need to limit ourselves to a single technology."

The flaw in your argument is putting in infrastructure for a system that is already outdated and then having to rip it out and start again.

There is a use for wireless and a use for satellite both which was included in the original NBN plan. The only difference is the Libs have ripped out fibre to the home for fibre to the node which requires different infrastructure. At some point in the near future fibre will have to be run to the home which means every cent spent on fibre to the node is wasted.

The Vertigan report is a BS political spin report to hide the fact that fibre to the node is already outdated before they even try to start building it. Telling everyone that we'll only need 15mbs when the NBN's own sales figures show it to be utter rubbish, is just a Liberal lie to hide the fact that they cocked up.

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Re: NBN for average or high end users?

Maybe your question would be better off as NBN for high end users or NBN for high end users that are less than 300M away from box.

High end users pay more for their service thus subsidising the low end users. It's exactly the same effort to install and exactly the same hardware.

At some point fibre needs to run to the house and personally I'd rather see it done once properly than spending almost as much on a second rate system that will need to be ripped out and done again properly not that far down the track.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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" Theft is also commonly understood to mean "taking something that doesn't belong to you". A word can have more than one definition."

Taking is the magic word. Copyright infringement copies something that doesn't belong to you. It takes nothing.

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Telstra tells Big Content it won't become unpaid Copyright Cop

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At The End Of The Day

ISP are just a service provider. Stupid draconian laws just means people will hide their actions better via a VPN or the TOR network and then the ISP will have no idea what people are doing.

End result is hidemyass.com makes more money and life goes on like before.

These laws are a total waste of time and money.

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Re: Yes, but no

And if handsomely paid, Telstra would sell out their customers in a heatbeat......

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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A better question is how Australian law can be applied to a business that isn't in Australia?

Mind you I agree with the ACCC but it's the whole local law being applied to a foreign company.

Personally I don't care about the refund as I'm a cheapskate and the most I've paid on Steam is $16 and my time trying to get a refund is worth more than that.

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

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Re: Sorry...

I don't think so. In cities I suspect the drones will be land based but in rural areas, I can see routes established not over houses to deliver goods.

At least you'd have a better chance of receiving your good than relying on a courier (as they are a lazy useless pack of thieving bastards)

This is long term but twenty years from now I suspect it will be common.

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Re: Seriously...

Well he's a boy so could be after Astroboy?

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Oz metadata retention won't include URLs: report

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When you log into your ISP, they store a couple of months worth of data. The government wants at least two years stored, preferably forever. They want this data to be accessible without a warrant.

There are no checks and balances. If some cop doesn't like you they can go fishing. Even more scary is Hollywood media companies fishing for visitors to the Pirate Bay so they can start a blackmail system for fines under the threat of prosecution.

Besides I bet they store far more than account holder names and ip addresses

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

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Re: The first problem....

"Untraceable? Whuh? The whole point of bitcoin is that it is traceable. By anybody. Publicly..."

So bitcoins are traceable? Well that's great news for the exchanges that got knocked off.....

Oh you mean the wallets are traceable but since they have no name on them, they're actually untraceable to anybody in the real world. As traceable as secret unlisted bank accounts.

Considered they can't even work out who invented them, I can't see it working.

Still leaves the tax department up the creek without a paddle.

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The first problem....

Is to prove people have them to tax them. Considered they are virtually untraceable, I can't see many people declaring them to the tax office.

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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All Mine!

Someone will mine it to death long before the 29th century

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CSIRO spells out cash-strapped astronomy future

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Ah Australia

Where the PM is an ex priest and the minister for science is a figment of your imagination.......

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Poll: Australians hate government data retention plan

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Re: Distinction between Data and Metadata

The problem is the idiots in government don't know the difference between metadata and data. The idiots have been told it's harmless stuff that everybody already stores.

You just have to listen to them to know they have no idea what it is they're trying to sell to the public.

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Spooks, cops, say Oz metadata push is for consistency, not data grab

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Re: re: Oz metadata push is for consistency

Consistently grabbing everything.......

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"Certainly, retaining it for two years wasn't relevant, because the suspect was picked up inside a few days."

And it wasn't a 90 year old grandma so why is her metadata needed?

The Meagher case is a furphy. It should be an example of the weak and pathetic parole boards not an excuse for a police state.

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

"Vote accordingly, while you still can."

We intend to hence the PM's nickname "One Term Tony"

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Re: Thorne, you raise several excellent points.

"And that makes it all ok. Perhaps you even find a bit of glory in there too? Justice?"

Justice is a relative term and in reality doesn't exist. Both sides are seeking justice against the other. Until at least one side says "Fuck it. This isn't worth it" it will keep happening.

Personally I don't really care. The Palestinians will keep firing rockets and sending suicide bombers and the Jews will keep bombing them back to the stone age.

I can't see peace ever happening because the Muslims don't play well with others, not even other Muslims. Even if the Jews left the middle east, the Muslims would just move onto blowing up someone else.

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Mushroom

As terrible as what is happening in Gaza, when Hamas kidnap and murder kids, you have to be expecting Israel to react. You can't shoot soldiers during a ceasefire and expect the ceasefire to hold.

No amount of rock throwing, killing, threats or protests is going to make Israel vanish. The Palestinians don't have the strength to throw them out and every rocket just means some poor bastard/s will have their home bombed out of existence hopefully while they are not in it but more than likely will be.

If you can't beat them, don't provoke them.

All these fake press releases do is fool a few stupid reporters. It changes nothing even if the release was real.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Re: Do pure evil

Of course they can block it and filter it and then the people can work around the blocks and filters.

Of course then Google would be tampering with evidence and filtering it out would alert the people that the police was onto them which would allow them to hide their collections and burn all proof plus teach them to be more careful when sending this stuff out.

In reality it's much hard to distribute this stuff from inside a prison cell.

Google is doing exactly the right thing and unfortunately you're just too thick.

How does your brain handle the tasks of breathing and typing at the same time?

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CIA infosec guru: US govt must buy all zero-days and set them free

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FAIL

Right to be forgotten

It's a lovely idea but will never work.

Currently these people have tried and failed to shutdown the sites with the information and have resorted to going after search companies like Google. This is exactly the same as getting rid of a book in a library by removing it's index card from the card catalogue.

As soon as somebody reindexes, the information is back.

It's a total waste of time that only benefits lawyers.

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