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* Posts by Thorne

1091 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

TPP treaty nearly ready to roll over us, says Oz minister

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They sleep very well on a big pile of cash.....

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Gorilla Glass fights dirty, dirty germs with antimicrobial coating

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Gimp

Clearly.....

They didn't want the fanbois to get sick when they make out with their iDevices....

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

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Re: I will therefore

"Buy tinned artichokes, hire a butler and cook, and get them to take the risk"

Easier to just eat bacon....

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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

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Re: Excuse me?

Great idea!

Lets get rid of the busses and the tech workers can all drive to work instead.

Maybe if the F-wits had an issue with the busses, they could actually run and charge the bus service for the companies. Google would only be subcontracting from a bus company anyway.

Can't see how Google can win. The existing bus services don't cater to their business. Residents complain about the private bus services. Residents complain about the extra cars if there was no busses. Residents complain if the tech companies move out and take their jobs and money with them leaving the residents living in a depressed area and dropping house prices.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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Personally I'd of hoped

That time travellers would have evolved beyond Twitter....

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Australia's new year tech headlines … for 2015!

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How do you?

"Pressure to do so will come from the fibre-to-the-premises-or-nothing crowd, which may finally figure out that it needs to engage meaningfully and not just send in petitions."

How do you engage meaningfully with politicians? Bribes?

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Re: Missing the obvious...

The stupid part was confessing. Last time I checked TOR wasn't illegal. He might have been ordering drugs for a frat party, looking at weird porn, pirating a movie or looking up his favourite Jihadist website.

Plenty of reasons to use TOR.......

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Re: You're hardly a kid at 20

You're only young once but you can be immature forever.....

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United Nations signs off on 'right to privacy in the digital age'

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A total waste of time

That will be ignored by every spy agency in the world......

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Re: That's a relief then

Well they used one magic wish to ban smacking of children in Australia.....

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XMAS SPACEWALK planned to fix ISS's dicky cooling gear

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Re: Ssshhhh.....

Not if you're trapped in a floating tin can with a couple of carolling astronauts.......

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Snowden: I'll swap you my anti-NSA knowhow for asylum ... Brazil says: Não

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Funny. I was thinking of "The computer says Não"

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Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test

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Is it just me?

At some point the copper will have to be replaced with fibre. Considered a lot of area has really bad copper lines to begin with, not mention line splitters and other doodads to compensate for the lack of infrastructure to start with. A lot of places will need the copper replaced otherwise fibre to the node will offer no improvement. If you have to replace the copper, why not replace it with fibre?

Really if the stupid government hadn't sold off Telstra or at least hadn't sold off the tax payer funded monopoly on the phone lines, they could have been running fibre while replacing copper as part of a continuous upgrade cycle and we'd have the NBN by now.

They should do the job right the first time. It's not going to get cheaper to do later if you do half a job now.

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Pirate Bay ties up in Peru

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Re: No shortage of countries they can head to

"Actually their best bet would be to head for Iran - thepiratebay.ir. After all, Iran has openly stated that it refuses to enforce American IP laws"

Problem with that is, Iran is an Islamic country and the Pirate Bay is chock full of porn. Considered they think earthquakes are caused by promiscuous women, God would really punish them for hosting TPB.

Asia might be a better bet.

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Apple's iPhone plant didn't kill UNDERAGE TEEN factory worker

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Re: @Oninoshiko

I tried to burn the 2009 remake out of my memory

I failed.....

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Bring it on, stream biz Aereo tells TV barons – see you in Supreme Court

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Morons.

I can't see why they're fighting Aereo. Aereo has increased their consumer base increasing the spread of their advertising.

If someone increased my market and it didn't cost me a cent, I'd say go for it.

But noooooo. They want Aereo to pay them to help them. Just like the newspapers suing Google for sending them traffic.

Some people just need bitchslapping until they grow up.

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Smarty Ring promises technology at your fingertips

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Re: What on earth ...

"At 0:26 in it declares it has a "butt call alert" - is there something I don't know about Chennai - is "butt call" a synonym for something?"

Butt call is a call of nature

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Re: One Ring to rule them all

It's not an iRing.......

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Google's patent chief slammed the US patent office – now she's the agency's acting director

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If the patent office was tougher on BS patents, then companies wouldn't submit BS patents just to be knocked back and thus less backlog and a net result of better quality patents

When they allow the patenting of the obvious, more and more people patent the obvious and go into the trolling business for a quick buck.

The patent office made this rod for their own back.....

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TPP leak: US babies following bathwater down the drain

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Usually I would crow that I didn't vote Liberal but Labor would sell us out in a heartbeat and in fact, they were in power when this crap started.

Who do you vote for when the two major parties are identical and the supposed third choice is a bunch of fruitcakes who would have us living in caves hunting feral animals with recycled sticks?

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Good on Australia

For siding with the Americans in selling us all out to the multinational companies........

Maybe they'll toss the good little lap dog a bone

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Re: About that Star Trek stuff...

"But what is "printing" for housing - or building in general?"

They're a big printer that comes on a truck that prints layers of a concrete like polymer. Builds the basic structure of the house and roof ready for fit out.

Saw one that is capable of doing the wiring and plumbing while printing the house.

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Re: About that Star Trek stuff...

Actually they're working on 3d printers for housing and food. Healthcare is a bit more complicated......

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Microsoft researchers build 'smart bra' to stop women's stress eating

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Re: I'm Sorry....

Do you have to register your boobs with Microsoft? I want that job......

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Re: And let the flood of ...

Does a Microsoft smart bra come with windows?

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I'm Sorry....

But your boobs have performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.....

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FTC torches Android flashlight app for spying on users

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Big Brother

Sue! Sue I say...

Goldenshores should sue the American Government for being uncompetitive and monopolistic.

How dare they limit unauthorised tracking of everybody to just themselves.....

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: It was promising...

Most lawsuits, the loser has to pay the winner's costs, mind you winning costs doesn't mean you get all your money back. As best you'll get maybe 70%.

Been there, been screwed and that was with us winning......

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FCC boss hints at change to neutrality policy

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Bastards!

"Should carriers be allowed to charge more for data hogs, someone who plays online video gaming 20 hours a day"

They do already. It's called faster plans with bigger downloads......

What stinks is QOS preventing us from ever using the data and speed that we paid for.

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Australian political games could see full TPPA treaty revealed

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Re: TPPA!

Where's the trade part? I can see the part where our government promised to sell us out to American interests but I can't see the part where we get anything in return.

We should at least be supplied with vaso...

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

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As soon as they worked out where it was on the map.....

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Re: Calm down...

How about Awesomene?

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Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

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Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.

The problem with the stupid reactive laws is that they will stop the technology dead in it's tracks.

The end of this technology would be augmented reality so the driver will only see signs relevant to him, low light enhanced roadside with a thermal overlay.

Bringing in these laws may kill off new technology that will make driving safer before it's even invented.

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Telstra to kill CAPTCHAs

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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

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Do bruises throw off facial recognition?

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Junior telcos tie knot in NBN Co copper plan

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Re: why did governemnt businesses get sold off?

They get sold off because no politician has foresight greater than the next election. Selling off assets gives them a positive budget, a big pile of cash for tax breaks and a slush fund for vote buying.

If they lose the election then the missing assets is someone else's problem.

The problem is us tax payers have to pay the cost of their lack of foresight

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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How long?

Until terrorists start using these to deliver bombs? As soon as they do, all drone businesses disappear...

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Online shopping tax slug not worth the effort: National Australia Bank

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Cause of their woes....

"The threshold has long been fingered by bricks-and-mortar retailers as the cause of their woes,"

Maybe if they were only 10% dearer but when their 100% to 1000% dearer maybe they need to look elsewhere

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Happy Thanksgiving, Apple. Now how about THREE more patent legal battles for dessert?

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Re: If you troll your patents..

"Sorry, what?"

Let me rephrase

Those who live by the bullshit, die by the bullshit......

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Re: If you troll your patents..

Actually the problem is Apple has a lot of BS patents and thus spends it's money preventing patent changes to kill BS patents and ends up getting sued over other BS patents.....

Karma is a bitch......

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Re: East Texas?

"Loathe though I am to regurgitate an over-used quote, I can't quite help myself: I say we take off and nuke the entire state from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

I could use the same rational to nuke the whole of America.....

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NBN day of action fizzles as just 20 show at Turnbull's office

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Re: Not surprised.

Some people say I'm apathetic but I just don't care......

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Four teachers indicted in Steubenville social media rape case

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Actually rape was two years, covering it up was seven but exposing it was ten

Got to love the legal system, it's completely justice free......

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Australia's States in online shopping tax grab

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Re: Gerry Harvey Tax

Gerry actually thinks it will bring online prices inline with his 6000% markup.....

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Idiots!

Sure adding GST to online sales might even up the difference between online and bricks and mortar but adding 10% will make SFA difference when locally the product is 100% to 200% more expensive.

Why don't the idiots lobby the manufacturers to get rid of the Australia tax instead? Would make more of a difference.

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Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

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Why would you store $122M unprotected on a laptop?

Personally I'd would have expected Rob's laptop to be encrypted up the wazoo and hidden encrypted backups stashed around the place.

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US Judge strikes out COMPUTER/HUMAN LOVE patent

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"True, but this ruling is more important than that. A judge stating that "Old idea + computer != patentable idea" could be a good first step for fixing many similar patent cases, and perhaps even to fix the USPTO*."

Perhaps the end of "Slide to Unlock"? The number of stupid patents coving the obvious + computer is growing.

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Re: Prior Art

Like every search engine in existence.......

It's nothing than a search engine with entries for humans. The basic logic listed is no different than Google.

The patent officer who granted it needs firing (preferable from a cannon)

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Confirmed: Apple gives nod to gobblement of Kinect-maker PrimeSense

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Saw this in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wave bands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program.

Zaphod waved a hand and the channel switched again.

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