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* Posts by Thorne

1103 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Re: Hmmm on balance

Maybe they are telling the truth but the NSA hide everything they can and lie about everything else so even if it is true, nobody will believe them anyway.

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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Re: Dammit, it's always Hal

"Why don't I ever get the sexy female AI?"

Why? Do you want it to offer you some cake?

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Re: Good

Same here. With the highway patrol becoming more and more militant to try and raise roadside tax, self drive may become a necessity for everyone

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Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

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Harden your browser

Install Chrome......

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Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

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Re: Peace in our time

"Now I hope Apple really do put that kind of energy into US patent reform, because as we've seen, they have submitted, and been granted, some incredibly dubious patents."

Yeah right. Patent reform would invalidate half of Apple's crappy slide to unlock / rounded corners patents.....

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You, YES YOU, could be Australia's very own Edward Snowden

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Australia doesn't need a Snowden.....

The pollies and their staffers already leak more than the Titanic....

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UN to debate killer drone ethics

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Yes we can

We will just go back in time and kill the mothers of the committee members along with Sarah Connor......

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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With Australia bringing in a three strikes law, poor to no wireless security gives you plausible deniability when the jackboot squad comes knocking.

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Trans Pacific Partnership still stalled

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Re: Post NSA

Government maybe but residents no. Most residents only have one thought about TPP and that's "Hell no"

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

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Re: Thank you Google

"Do you think people always have choice about when they need the loo?"

So who is making you use GMail? There is 1001 "free" services out there or you can make your own mail server.

There is no such thing as free and preventing companies from monetizing the service just results in the service being close because it's unfinancial.

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Re: Goodness.

Actually I think they stopped because the English was so bad, the robots were getting confused......

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Re: Thank you Google

"Yep they are. Google do not operate in a vacuum occupied by Google and their customer's alone. When they scan emails they can also build a profile for users emailing gmail users and also those who have never even sent email to a gmail user but whose emails have got captured in a conversation thread that has been. When Google read a users address book, they get the email addresses and contact details of users who don't use gmail. Their data-store analysis activity and the data they store itself have implications far beyond Gmail users. It has made Google one of the most powerful intelligence agencies on the planet. You have not been granted mandate to decide this is ok for all of us, because you think critics are "are dumb" and that Google should be allowed to continue un-examined and without criticism"

The problem with most people is that they don't know the difference between privacy and anonymity

The internet is like a public toilet with camera installed in each cubical. The cameras are already there and we can choose not to use the public toilet if we don't like them. We are told that the cameras allow the computer to scan the cubical so the company knows when to refill the paper and clean the toilet. The company makes it money selling the waste to fertilizer companies.

You don't want to pay for the toilet. You don't want the company to sell your shit. You don't want the cameras and you complain if the cubical runs out of bog paper or someone left a floater. Not only that you'll also complain if the company closes the toilet cause it's unfinancial because it's your god given right to have free toilets.

Sure the company could use the camera to look at your willy but there are thousands using the toilets every day and your willy isn't that special. If you have an issue, cover your willy or choose a toilet that is dirty because it has no camera or use your own toilet.

You're anonymous but not private. Learn the difference.

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Re: Thank you Google

Is it just me or are some people dumb.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Google's "free" mail service is paid for by ads. They can target ads and show things relevant to the user or they can show random stuff.

I'd rather have targeted ads. I don't need penis enlargement pills or feminine hygiene products but I can understand some of the commentards on here do......

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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"Too many people are under served by the current transport system. They are blind, or too young to drive, or too old, or intoxicated as well as stoned and/or retarded."

FIFY

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Re: Optimism

Did it in my twenties. It really isn't that hard. Buying the first property is the hardest but once the bank owns your soul, they will happily lend to you again and again.

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Re: Optimism

I'm a software developer and I'm a millionaire. Mind you I didn't get rich from my day job other than being a geek with no social life left me money to invest.....

Mind you, millionaire really isn't a very high bar these days.

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Re: Bonkers McAfee

"What, a complete nutjob?"

No. A rich nutjob.....

(Most have got the nutjob part down pat already)

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Re: Holy crap

Saw it and thought exactly the same thing.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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Too intrusive for Singapore

Just right for Australia.....

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: MS Security...

"Run out and find me a five year old child!"

Michael Jackson said that too and he got into trouble for it....

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Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

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Re: Re German humour

I don't know what's more disturbing, the fact that roboroo has a blinking anus, you for spotting his anus or me for watching the video again to confirm his blinking anus.......

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I for one....

Welcome our new robo skippy overlords.......

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Money? What money? Lawyer for accused Silk Road boss claims you can't launder Bitcoin

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Re: Excellent points

So are baseball cards but last time I checked, they're not a currency either.

I think people are confused because bitcoins have the word coin in the name. The law states that it's property and until they law says that bitcoins are money, you can't get charges with money laundering (at least until you exchange them for money)

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Re: Money Money Money

I could argue the same for expensive paintings and wines. It's property that can be exchanged for money.

According to the law, it's property and never money.

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Re: Of course you can't launder bitcoins.

"Not sure what you mean by "anonymous", but they are traceable. That's the whole point of the chain. The equivalent of laundering would be the pooling shops that mix the content of wallets, making the coins hard to trace -but not impossible."

No it's impossible to trace without the police having everybody's wallet. The wallets are anonymous and short of getting caught with the wallet, the police cannot identify the owner, let alone what the coins were spent on.

Think of it like anonymous credit cards. You can see the flow of money but without linking the cards to people, you can't see who's buying or selling.

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Re: Chewbacca defense

"The bitcoin does not have to be a currency to achieve this. The money laundering process begins when the bitcoin was bought (or money changed hands for the goods that were then traded for bitcoin)."

That's true except Rob didn't change the format. He was paid in property (bitcoins) and left it as property (bitcoins). It's not until Rob changes it to actual cash that they can claim it. Considered the police seized bitcoins instead of cash, their argument falls flat.

Just image Rob was paid for with an expensive painting and hung the painting on his wall. You can claim laundering if he sold said painting for cash but you can't for him keeping it instead.

You can only do it if you declare paintings as a form of currency (and not property) or make a property laundering law.....

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Re: That would be a pretty big hole in the law

"and use that money to buy Ferraris, beach houses and hookers, which are all a drug lord really wants in the end"

Isn't that what we all just want?

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Re: Excellent points

"The government may need to prove a larger operation for the money laundering, but since the bitcoin are exchanged for cash, it's still a money laundering operation. Just because he only had the subcontract for exchanging property doesn't invalidate the operational basis."

Ah but your argument falls flat as the bitcoins hadn't been exchanged to cash. They were still bitcoins.

Rob was paid in bitcoins (which are property) and he left them as bitcoins (still property). You can't argue it was money laundering because at no stage while in Robs possession was it turned from or to an actual currency.

You can argue proceeds of crime but you can't argue money laundering without money. The government needs to declare bitcoins a legal currency or they need to drop the money laundering charges.

At the end of the day, the law is an ass.....

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Re: Excellent points

Yes but there is no property laundering laws and as such the money laundering charges have to be dropped.

As for the proceeds of crime, running a website isn't a crime just because said users used it for crime otherwise Google would be in trouble.

The law isn't about right or wrong, justice or injustice. It's always about the letter of the law. There are going to be some serious precedents set no matter who wins this.

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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As much as this is a joke, the future will be 3d printed buildings.

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Google slashes cloud storage to $0.026 per GB. Your move, Amazon

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Re: Winners?

Long-term, Google and the NSA win.

FIFY

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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I'd of thought the skills writing a crypto currency would make him very employable.

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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Ha Amazon!

We Aussies beat you to get an operational drone delivery service.....

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Re: I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get

Not if he spends on coke off the Silkroad.....

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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FAIL

Yay

Lets solve the pollution problem by using more chemicals......

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US gov claims it spent TOO MUCH on wiretaps – and blames SPRINT

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Re: Dilemma

If you have to buy equipment to comply on the government's spying demands, then they should pay for it.

The only thing the government has a right to complain about is not getting a discount for spying in bulk...

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Don't like the bill?

Then stop bugging everyone.....

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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stall again

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Re: thank you

May TPP die a quick death and never be seen again

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There is nothing more democratic than secret treaties that sell us out to multinational companies.

Quick, buy up Vasoline before parallel imports are banned and drives the price up.

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Handcuffed Obama administration pokes patent trolls, pleads for Senate legislation

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Is it just me but.....

Executive action one : Find free workers

Executive action two: Find free engineers

Executive action three: Find free lawyers.

These changes are the most you can do without actually doing something.

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Google teases more cities with bonkers-fast fiber broadband rollouts

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And the Liberals think.....

That 25 Mbit is fast enough for anyone with their fibre to the node NBN.

F##King retards.

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Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

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Re: Easy Answer

"ahhh the naivety...

First its for your own safety, however Its a long slippery slope..I can just imagine the Police loving this. Caught not wearing a seat-belt by your SIM card. And how long before GPS data is added etc.

(Substitute speeding, parking in a no parking zone, etc take your choice)"

No naivety here. I've known the police would install black boxes for years. A total record of when and where and fines will be automatically deducted from your bank account.

These black boxes will be legislated that all your data belongs to the government.

The only thing that has a hope of crushing the black box dream is self drive cars. If the car is driving and can't break the law, then there is no money to be made and the government loses interest.

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Easy Answer

Who owns the sim card? They're the ones paying for the data thus should own it. Phone companies don't transmit for free.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

I hope his complaint about hand lotion was because his cellmate wasn't using lube.....

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Re: If they were serious about punishment

With a name like Fluffy Bunny, you'd think you'd be less serious. My comment was an insulting dig at Windows 8, not actually a comment about the role of prisons.

If I was actually commenting on Brevik, I'd say just surgically remove his eyes, ears and tongue and let him spend the rest of his miserable life, dark and alone, dependant on the charity of others, not whining that his playstation doesn't have the cool new games.....

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Re: If they were serious about punishment

"they'd give him a Windows 8 machine instead."

Prison is about rehabilitation, not punishment. You can't give him something that will make him want to go out and kill someone.......

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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FAIL

What the hell did they expect?

When they forced a touch interface onto desktops without a touch interface.

If the idiots had left the start bar alone and allowed desktops to default to the desktop mode, they would have never had this problem.

If MS bothered to ask consumers this would have never happened.

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Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

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Will it stop the NSA snooping

Probably not.....

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Ummmm

Are these Americans or is he going to have to file in Durk Durkastan?

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Anonymous: Sign this petition or we'll … get mad about the media?

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