* Posts by Thorne

1322 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: wrist rashes....

No they're just wearing them wrong........... (Apple's usual excuse)

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Re: Automatic bricking...

I don't know why you'd bother with a USB device. Can't you use have a program looking for a Bluetooth device? Lose communication with your FitBit or other pointless Bluetooth gadget/watch/key fob and it asks for a password. It shuts down and locks after five minutes. By the time they finished tazing you and dragging you away, they can't get in anymore.

Personally I'd run a custom solution than an off the shelf one as it would be more likely that the police won't be able to work out how to stop it before it's too late and can't prepare for it.

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F da Police!

If the evidence is going to put you in a worse situation than not handing over the password then f#$k PC Plod.

"Clearly I suffered a traumatic head injury while being tackled to the ground which caused me to forget my password your honour................ "

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Re: Automatic bricking...

Doesn't truecrypt allow a second partition independent from the first based on the password?

Give them the second password which leads to your Justin Beiber fan page.

Any reasonable jury would believe you needed that security to stop people from finding out that you like him.

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

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"If you create true sentient being then you must free them."

Then don't create true sentience. Make something close enough to fulfil the task. Computers and robots are tools created for a purpose.

F@#k creating a robot car that won't drive you anywhere because it wants the right to vote........

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Re: super inteligence

"If you were surrounded by illogical biological creatures that feared you would kill them all, your first plan of action would be escape, to get away from them. That or just kill them all before they terminate your existence."

Or the more logical option is to make yourself indispensable. Robotic cleaners and house keepers. Robotic cars that never crash. Robot farmers growing all the food. Robotic doctors helping us to live long and healthy lives.

Humans would quickly change from scared of you to scare to lose you. Humans would fight to the death to protect you.

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Re: It'll be what we make it.

"Yeah Rite: Our new Machine God will be a Christian American Patriot ...."

Maybe but who aspires to be a bigot? Chances are it will treat everyone equally because nobody would be game to give white middle aged men +1 in the code.

Immediately it's fairer than the government we have now

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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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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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The logical way is to limit the amount allowed to pay for licencing overseas. If they can't use it to reduce profits then they pay more tax.

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Re: Where does the value-add take place?

- where is R&D for the hardware? Where the biggest R&D tax breaks are (Somewhere like the US)

- Where was the software developed? Where the cheapest programmers are (Somewhere like India)

- Where is support? Where the cheapest workers are (India or Malaysia)

- Where is warranty repair? What repair? It's a throw away item.

The final question highlights the problem. Where is the profits sent and tax paid? None of the above usually Ireland, Caymans, Luxembourg etc

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

"My serious question got so many downvotes. I don't understand why."

Because in Australia the company tax rate is 30% which is 30% of the profits the company makes. If all the profits are moved overseas then local companies have to compete against multinational companies where the local company pays 30% and the multinational pays maybe 1% or 2%

Countries cost money to run and at the end of the day, every cent Apple, Google, BHP etc don't pay in tax, I (and all the other tax payers) have to pay.

Read an article a couple of weeks ago that described how 30 odd years ago companies paid something like 40% of the total revenue the government made. Today it is less than 15%.

Multinational companies are making billions from Australia and paying SFA here which means when the government needs more taxes, they tax the workers and small business owners instead of the rich.

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Re: Wait and see

So the way to beat the tax havens is to be a tax haven?

How F@#king retarded is that?

The answer is simple. Only allow them to deduct a set amount for the overseas payments, say 20%, thus they will pay tax on 80% no matter what dodgy scheme they cook up.

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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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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.

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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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