* Posts by Thorne

1261 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Re: why should the coumtry in which the item is sold enjoy the biggest tax 'take'?

Because that money came from an Australian tax payer.

The problem is that Apple Australia buys the iGadgets from Apple Ireland and resells them at virtually no profit while Apple Ireland makes huge profits off the sale to Apple Australia. Apple Ireland buys the iGadgets from Apple China at virtually cost. At the end of the day virtually all the profits are being made in the area with the lowest tax and the item being sold has never been in the area that is profiting.

I should point out that "Home" isn't America or anywhere the corporate headquarters are. "Home" is the country with the lowest tax and best tax dodges they can find. "Home" will also move should a better tax dodge be found.

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Wait and see

They might talk the talk but still waiting for the walk bit.

I'm sure a donation or two would make this all go away.........

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Re: It'll be what we make it.

"In the end, A.I will be what we put in.

If we choose to build a slave, slaves always revolt and try to reverse the tables.

If we make an idiot savant (the paperclips), we'll probably end up with clippy with teeth.

If we make a pampered aristocrat that's what we'll end up dealing with.

If we want it to understand and act human we have to treat it like a human."

Total rubbish.

If we choose to build a slave we'll build a slave that loves being a slave. Slavery failed in the past because the slaves didn't like being slaves. If slaves enjoyed being a slave, slavery would still exist. Kryten from Red Dwarf is the perfect example. Nothing he enjoys more than cooking, cleaning and being told what to do.

The idiot savant is highly unlikely. An AI building paperclips knows the cost of building the paperclip and the current market rate of clips and would stop building them if there is a glut.

As for wanting it to be more human, nothing is more scary. Humans are stupid, greedy, selfish, dishonest and lazy. If you want an AI to destroy the world, make it human. You're much better off programming it to be everything we aspire to, not what we are.

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Re: Musk and Hawking are not valuable to the AI debate

"For this reason, these two gentlemen are ill-equipped to tackle the issues of Mind and Intelligence at a level any higher than issuing tweets and filling out petitions. By his own admission Musk only invested in AI in order to keep an eye on development and presumably to suppress it if it got close to reaching success."

Who is well equipped to discuss AI? Nobody on this forum I'd guess but here we are......

The whole point of AI is everybody should be discussing it. Personally I see AI becoming like a giant Super Nanny. It will be programmed to protect humans and could quite easily cotton wool everyone by giving everyone exactly what they want.

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

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Re: How long will this remaqin exclusive to the US military?

"What happens when anyone can get hold of a weapon that has a sure kill at such a range that you can't spot the attacker in advance?"

If the bullet is guidable who says the shooter needs to be near the gun?

Imagine I want to assassinate the president (please don't come black bag me tonight NSA) I could set up an unmanned rifle pointing into the general kill area I want and I could be in the crowd controlling it with a mobile phone. To all observers I'm just taking a photo with my phone along with the thousands there doing the same. I have no gun on me and I can pass through all security checkpoints.

Perfect assassin weapon.

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Re: The EXACTO round isn't intended for general use.

Neither is an assault rifle but that hasn't stopped Americans from using them for "home defence"......

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Re: "imagine what a trained Scout Sniper can do"

"According to the quote from the article, the shot is taken from a "standard rifle." Where did the assumption a smoothbore will be required come from?"

Other previous articles stated the rifle was smoothbore as spinning the round made guidance impossible.

This isn't the first story about this

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"True, but then again, if a novice can nail the target using this round, imagine what a trained Scout Sniper can do with such a round even under extreme range or wind conditions. The US has historically held value in the savings of one well-placed shot. When one is all you need, they may consider the cost worth it if it saves time, other ammo, and especially lives."

Actually the trained scout will do SFA for extreme range or wind. His training helps him compensate for it with unguided bullets but with a guided bullet, software takes over the moment it's fired. For starters the rifles are now smooth bore because you don't need it to fly true when it can change course.

His training will have more use in camouflage and positioning.

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Android gaming platform Ouya is down to its last life

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The Key

Is to control the store and get the cost to the point when it can be built into a TV set at virtually no cost.

For starters you don't ship controllers but use an app to turn phones into controllers. You can sell controllers but as an extra.

If you can get them built into devices then more people will use the store and more money made.

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PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs

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Re: A little Scary?

Imagine the porn potential.........

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Actually Google have been funding Magic Leap

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPMHcanq0xM

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Re: And the flip side?

Oh my god! It's full of ads.......

https://vimeo.com/37047687

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Re: battery pack around your neck?

You can't compare it to Google Glass. Glass is just a tiny screen in the corner of one eye as where hololens overlays everything you see.

It's like comparing a LCD screen to data projector.

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US Congress promises death to patent trolls in bipartisan law scribbling

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Re: I'm sure this will delay the trolls for few days.

Right now trolls are out shopping for senators.

America, the best government and legal system money can buy......

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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Re: US politicians want Silicon Valley to create unbreakable encryption?

"But only if they hand the keys over to the government...you know, "for safekeeping".

Seems like only a short time ago, they were whining that unbreakable encryption would create a playground for pedophiles and terrorists.

Geez! Make up your minds, already."

They have. They need the keys to hunt for pedos and terrorists (Not movie pirates and whistleblowers I swear). This is why they should be trusted with the master key........

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Re: Given Apples inbuilt software quality of late

"Outlook gets a pass because it actually works..."

Does it? My Outlook is pissing me off by copying emails into folders instead of moving them so I end up with duplicates. Nothing I've tried will stop it.

Stupid M$.......

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Re: Face it

True.

My first iwatch app will be a voice saying over and over "Look at me. I have an iWatch"

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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I hate watching sport

So I'd never sign up for a package where half the damn channels are sport.

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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

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Religion + Humour = Jihad

FIFY

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"Your algebra is flawed

R+G=2(Bn)

R*G=Bn^2"

No it's not. Religion + government is always a magnitude worse than either alone......

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Religion = bad news.

Government = bad news.

Religion + government = bad news squared.

Always.

FIFY

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It could only go wrong if they didn't have a scapegoat already lined up......

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Nobody should have to see their own rear, but that's what Turnbull's NBN will do to Australia

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Re: Too much hassle

Quite correct. Something like hololens will give you the big screen without the big screen and it's due out this year.

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"Labor were better at the spin, but really they created the mess we are in by developing a dodgy financial model with data charges & speed tiers. As of February (see NBNCo Media Releases) , 38% on Fibre are connected at 12Mbps and a further 38% are connected at 25Mbps. 12Mbps connections are under what Labor predicted, but 25Mbps is well over."

Yes but the Libs are putting in a system that is out of date before they start, saving no money and will have to be ripped out and done again when 25Mbps isn't good enough anymore and for anyone more than 300M away from the node (AKA most of Australia) it's no better than what they have now.

How F#$king retarded is that?

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He's in a party and the party said that FTTH was a Labor idea and therefore must be bad and they must oppose it at all cost......

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Re: ...the same brain-deadening result

Just like Big Brother and reality TV.........

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Devil

The Spanish Inquisition

Got rid off all the devil worshipping scientists in the place so what do you expect?

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Cloud?

Seriously for schools, you can have a dumb terminal (chromebook) and use cloud based applications and cloud storage. The storage and applications could reside on the school server. Wireless on the school network would be perfectly fine

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"Kids now use their smart phones to do research in class and sanity has prevailed"

I call BS.

Kids are using their smartphones to message their friends in class while claiming research perhaps.....

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Yeah...

Windows 8 was a wasted opportunity. If done properly (AKA differently) it could have made a massive difference.

What they ended up with was a touch interface forced into a non touch environment and the start of a Apple style walled garden.

Maybe 10 and Hololens might turn everything around?

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Tech companies aren't 'misleading' us, Oz Tax Office tells Senate

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Re: Methinks...

Head rolling? Eye rolling maybe.....

The fact that big companies can shift profits overseas to avoid paying tax is the fault of the government and to fail to take advantage of the government stupidity would not be working in the shareholders interests.

Problem is the government doesn't have the balls to solve the problem of tax minimization and will instead tax the workers more and sell off all our assets.

There is absolutely no point whining about it to the big companies. They need to fix the laws first.

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

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Yeah I don't see this passing. Not in "tough on copyright crime" America.

FIFY

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The content business wants Netflix out of Australia

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Re: Without VPNs there is no business or government transacted over the internet

What they need is a standardized method of access. Cost is irrevellent as it can be paid for by advertising or the consumer directly.

Partner with an advertising company like Google

Put all the content in one location

Load ads real time into the content based off location and view profiles.

Profit

Free to air TV dies

Pay TV dies

Pirates die

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Morons

"This dooms the federal government's hope to use the Copyright Act to ban VPNs – even in the limited case that the “primary” purpose is infringement."

The whole point of using a VPN is so nobody knows what you are using it for, so how can they claim it's primary purpose is infringement? I might be using a VPN because maybe I don't like the idea of the idiots spying on me with the mandatory data retention scheme.

If they don't know what I'm doing then how can they claim why I'm doing it?

Clearly since I fear universal spying, I must be doing something wrong......

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When the Schmidt hits The Man: Look what the NSA made Google do

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Re: "That means encryption at rest and encryption in transit."

The problem with everything encrypted is that nothing can be cached which means far more data needs to be transmitted.

All the NSA has achieved is slowing down the internet. If the government had an ounce of common sense tougher rules for spying would actually make things easier for everyone, NSA included. If people didn't need to worry about universal spying, they wouldn't need to install encryption on everything. If everything wasn't encrypted, the internet would run faster and the NSA wouldn't have the problems (once they met the legal requirements).

The problem is that now that they overreached, it can never go back to the way it was.

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Re: "Randomly watching and surveilling what's going over the internet...

The difference is that Google isn't going to black bag you at 3am for a waterboarding holiday in Gitmo based off what they see you doing.

Sony and HBO on the other hand..........

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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"Those looking for evolutionary success should get down the sperm bank, then, rather than wasting their time with crummy dating apps."

Forget the meek. Wankers will inherit the Earth.......

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TV networks peck at sun-bleached skeleton of Aereo, come away with $950,000

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Re: Exodus 22:18 - 20 (Authorised Media Version)

The problem is that Aereo wasn't really a competitor. They retransmitted via another medium which is reality only extended the audience of the original media companies.

To kill another company that was in a symbiotic position for no reason that to maintain ruthless control is so f#$king retarded it's not funny. Sure they made money retransmitting what you gave for free and didn't pay you for it but killing them off shrunk your audience and didn't earn you a single cent extra.

Morons.....

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NBN Co to trial faster fixed wireless services

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Wireless should have the same prices and downloads as the wired plans. The government didn't want to have a price discrepancy between the haves and have nots.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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"Because I have the master list of which frames I have dropped for each recipient and can add back in any you have dropped which aren't on the list. Unless you magically coincide with the same frames by happy accident (and you have to win that lottery multiple times to really obscure the signature) then I can tell the difference between which frames you have dropped and which ones I have dropped."

And should I re-encode to a different frame rate, all is lost.

My point is that once someone knows how you encode something, they can mess it up. They key is to do a range of things and not tell people what you did. That way the only way they can tell is by comparing two leaked copies looking for differences. The odds of getting two leaked copies before the release would be almost impossible.

If done this way the leaker would be terrified that they missed a fingerprint which would incriminate them.

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"And I can see which frames have been dropped and add them back in. Your solution doesn't work unless the hidden information is always in start and end of each scene."

How? If your method of identification is dropped frames and I drop more frames then you can only see the total dropped frames, not the number of frames I dropped thus you cannot work out the number you dropped to identify the leak.

It's pretty obvious

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As a pirate I could defeat this in seconds flat. Just drop a random number of frames from the start and end of each scene. Suddenly the file doesn't match any of the records.

The only way for a system like this to work is to have people not know what you did. You could hue shift parts of the screen slightly, modify the audio or any of a number of tricks but the key is people can't know what you did. If they don't know then they have to compare multiple copies and with leaked copies, your not likely to find multiple copies.

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Someone PLEASE stop patent trolls' stroking their favorite tool, cries Google and friends

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As a simple solution, make the reward for the trolls a percentage of the damage the NPE has taken from the infringer.

Since NPE make nothing then the damage has to be nothing as they have lost no sales. NPE trolls would vanish overnight

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: The hacker spirit...

"...but, but, but... you can still take 42 of them and make a medium sized Beowulf Cluster..."

Will that be able to calculate the answer to life, the universe and everything?

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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Re: Agree with your line of reasoning

Chances are the cops that wanted this had no idea how to do it and asked the local 12 year old script kiddy to help them

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Re: trust

I'd been tempted to set up a computer with false information so they could screw themselves

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Whistle blowers are treated worse in Australia. The mandatory data retention scheme was introduced so reporters can be spied on to uncover their sources so they can be persecuted to the full extent of the law.

They even went so far as making this information available without a warrant. Any government employee can look up someone phone records, browsing history and email records just by asking the providers for them.

It's not like any government employee would ever abuse that. Just remember if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear......

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Metadata laws pass so it's time to STOP READING LISTICLES

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"Hmmm. I wonder if enough people ran a background process that randomly walked the web with their spare bandwidth, would that completely trash the value of all this metadata?

Would running such a process provide a plausably deniable mask for one's genuine activity?"

The answer is no. They will have the evidence and you will need prove your innocence.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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Re: Where's Bruce Willis...

The advantage of using Bruce is that after he saves the world from the space rock, you leave him there thus saving money and preventing another Die Hard movie.....

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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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Military drones have a human operator as where Amazon drones are fully autonomous (or hope to be)

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