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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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Re: Do pure evil

@AC

Sure they can delete it. What? The whole criminal case went bye bye cause someone deleted the evidence?

They must breed a special kind of stupid up your way......

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Re: Do pure evil

"I think google aka screwgle should be severely punished for allowing such content to be traded or circulated through its systems."

Clearly you're stupid.

Google is no more responsible for the content than the mail service is for the same stuff sent by post. The only difference is Google has the ability to detect some of it from known samples and then report it.

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

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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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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Re: Meta-data

I think the huge prickly prober will ruin your life anyway........

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Lets be logical here

The real reason for storing the meta data is to look for other crime, not terrorists, and by other crime I mean pirates.

Browse The Pirate Bay and the jackboot squad will black bag you in the early hours of the morning and deliver you to secret court appointed by Rupert Murdoch for waterboarding and Gitmo style prison time (he's still working on getting the laws changed for summary executions)......

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NSA leaker Thomas Drake says Oz security reforms are 'scary'

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Re: Nothing is too extreme for this OZ government

Scaly is an accurate description of Tony Abbott.....

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Re: It takes

And the Australian Government is bring in mandatory data retention laws so they can trawl through every phone call, email, website, download that you have ever made. Current bill is to hold two years worth but the police are pushing to make it forever.

Makes Hitler look like a pansy.........

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: I don't buy it

Yeah but the skynet keeps losing so the AI needs to learn not to provoke the violent monkeys

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Re: I don't buy it

If machines are intelligent, it will realize humans are irrational, violent and stupid so won't provoke the stupid dangerous monkeys.

A real AI will end up more like the Super Nanny....

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I hope the machines do a better job of being intelligent than the humans have done before it.......

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

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Re: By the same reasoning, the Government SHOULD handle the NBN also.

Twine is a type of fibre.......

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Re: So, lemme get this straight...

What Simon is trying to say is that if the government decides to roger us all, it should roger us itself because it's very good at rogering people and not try to make the ISPs roger us.........

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Re: No, no they shouldn't

Of course they should

What could possible go wrong with Big Brother having a log of every email, website, phone call, etc that you have ever made?

If we can't trust the people we put in charge of running the country, then who can we trust?

Just remember the catch cry "If you've done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to fear"

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-09-06/

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Users should PAY for their piracy says Turnbull

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Problems

The first problem is rights holders have to be able to prove someone stole their content and an IP address doesn't prove it as shown where they sued an elderly couple that didn't even know what a torrent was but found their wireless connection was open.

The second problem is that they can't sue everybody because there is millions of people doing it. They might be able to set a few examples but you still have a bigger chance of winning lotto than getting sued.

What they need to do is make content easily available. Get rid of geoblocking and regional deals. Draconian laws and Gestapo squads don't help anybody.

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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Re: That was really irritating

Some spoons are meant to have holes in them. This is completely useless

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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FAIL

Fail

"The United States Justice Department in May charged five members of the unit with various hacking and espionage offenses."

The five members of the Comment Crew cancelled their Disneyland trips in response.....

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Ball Ox

The real problem is that giving him a slap on the wrist, the next self appointed wildlife warrior will do the same and expect the same.

The only good thing about it is hopefully the stupid media might bother to check their facts first from now on.....

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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Black Helicopters

The real reason it was cancelled was that the researchers were to busy working for the NSA to attend......

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

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Re: Uggly

"Time to wake up from your simplistic stupor where the goodies (Arabs) fight the baddies (Israelis) - it's a lot more complex."

Or a lot simpler

One group of people have an invisible friend that lives in the sky (goodies) fights another group of people with an invisible friend in the sky (baddies)

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Re: "extended stay in shelters.”

""Non violent means" ...because West Bank and Abbas are brilliant examples of what (relatively) "peaceful" means can achieve when dealing with Israel."

Pretty sure non violent means excludes kidnapping and murdering children......

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

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This needs a patent

Because nobody ever thought of an infrared sensor before. You could even use it in alarms...........

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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

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Flame

The stupid Libs should have left it alone

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Re: Why inflict them on Mars?

"Send them to Venus instead, problem solved."

Why? Who said we'd give them a spaceship? Just a big catapult.........

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Re: A doofus, with weak lawyers, but the law is broken

"Ha. I wouldn't advise sending those from an Internet Café. These have CCTV now, and chances are that you could not disguise your connection very well, so even a throwaway webmail account will correctly stamp the IP and date."

20 minutes war driving will get you open wireless access (and then someone's grandparents will go to jail instead)

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Re: What happened to the right to remain silent? @John G Imrie

"If you don't know who was driving your car when it was speed gunned?

Wasn't it either you, or the other person who uses your car, if you weren't driving it that day? In the real world?"

Not if someone nicked your plates or copied them.

Extremely difficult to get rid of the charges despite showing it can't possibly be you.

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NBN Co reveals THOUSAND-node FTTN trial built by Telstra

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Re: Sensible plan.

It isn't sensible. Once you're more than 300M away from the exchange, there is no improvement in speed so being 6km away, the NBN will do SFA for you, now and in the future.

Replacing copper with fibre is the only real option.

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Fibre to the node is a total waste of time and money. The idiots should have left the NBN alone.

Again Australia is left with Telstra selling it's worn out, second rate copper system for a motza because it is a government created monopoly......

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Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

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Re: Google gets permissions wrong again!

"Google just does not seem to understand the idea of privacy."

Of course not. They're a search engine. Privacy to them is nothing but a long line of stupid court battles dredged up people looking for either a quick buck or trying to hide from the stupid thing they did in the past.

If technology stopped every time someone squealed about privacy issues, we'd still be in caves. There is no privacy anymore. Mobiles track your location. People plaster facebook with updates every time they take a dump. Every retailer tracks the spending patterns of consumers. The government keeps all your financial records. Security cameras are everywhere.

What privacy is left?

Privacy died years ago. All that's left is anonymity.......

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Interesting, but of little consequence

What is cheaper is using less fuel. There is no real way to measure contrails so to suggest using more fuel could to save contrails is a waste of time.

Finally how long do contrails last for verses CO2 in the air?

The small bump from contrails is nothing compared to the co2 in the air.

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REALLY? Can 10 per cent of Aussie jobs be threatened by pirates?

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Statistics

95% of all statistics are total bullshit including this one..........

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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"Even is they destroy it, I would still watch it :/ Not sure how i feel about it though."

What about when DM drives a Prius and is worried about recycling his rubbish correctly because the only way to save the world these day is to be an environmentalist?

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They'll make it politically correct and overly moral......

Will suck big time.

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Oz trade minister: TPP will happen in 2015

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"One source of opposition is the president of Communication Workers of America Larry Cohen, who notes over at Huff Po that at the end of May, 153 House Democrats co-signed a letter warning that the TPP lacks worker protections, highlighting Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Mexico as having “lengthy histories of violating workers’ rights”."

The TPP isn't about worker's rights. The TPP is about letting the big corporations screw the little guys and making the government stay out of the screwing process

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Facebook didn't infringe Dutch inventor's patents: Jury

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He should of taken them to court in Texas. Always worked for Apple.......

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Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband

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Re: Fibre's finally viable

"You probably live in Gungahlin. How Telecom (Telstra?) was allowed to install twin pairing should be the subject of a royal commission. But for most of Australia, if you live in a metropolitan area, you get quite reasonable bandwidth off copper. If you don't, then by all means buy yourself a fibre connection, but don't do it with my taxes."

Reasonable bandwidth? Reasonable now or reasonable in the future? Copper is already at the end of it's life and at some time everybody's taxes will be spent on replacing it.

The other option is to let Telstra continue to sell sub standard services at a premium price because it's a monopoly.

As for tax dollars, Joe Hockey just spent $50K taking some bankers out to dinner. I'd rather my money was spent on a proper NBN than a Clayton's NBN that will have to be ripped out and done again because the Libs thought that they save a few bucks.......

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"Fast network to the home is all well and good, but it doesn't really help when the trans pacific link is still dog slow. I'm sticking with ADSL2 for the moment because that isn't currently the bottleneck."

You assume there is something better than ADSL2. Most Australians consider themselves lucky to be able to get ADSL2.

Telstra is trying to push everyone to wireless internet which half of what you get with ADSL2 and has a data cap of 1/10th at a price double.

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Re: Fibre's finally viable

I'm lucky enough to live in an area of Australia that got fibre before the current government canned it. It's ridiculous to think that last mile copper is good enough. Once you're more than 300m from the terminal, the speeds are no better than ADSL, not to mention corroded old lines and line duplexing, the new NBN plan is a farce.

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Re: Where will it all end?

That's not true. It could be programmed to act like it cares (just like a bar keeper)

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Where will it all end?

The vending machine will welcome you back, offer you the usual and ask how the wife and kids are. Kinda like a bar tender........

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