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* Posts by Thorne

1059 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Japanese boffins unveil INVINCIBLE robot rock, paper, scissors 'bot

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But can it beat?

Mike Johnson from the Almighty Johnsons?

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US soldiers preparing for civilian life taught coding skills by Microsoft

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Oh the humanity......

Haven't the poor soldiers suffered enough?

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RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

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Why am I not supprised.....

"to prove that India has the technological ability to get to Mars"

Ah so it's not about the science, just a pissing contest......

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John Kerry bombshell: 'Yes, the NSA... reached TOO FAR, inappropriately'

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Re: Fortress in a bunker

“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Off your bikie laws: Anonymous to Queensland Premier Newman

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Can't blame the bikies or the police.

Bikies won't want to be arrested as the slightest crime will get 15 to 25 years tacked on top. If they're going to put you away for life, it might as well be for murder and not just a joint.

The police need better armour and weapons if bikies have no interest in coming peacefully anymore.

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Queesland...

Beautiful one day. A police state the next..............

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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I'd get netflicks for Firefly. The show was awesome and so was the movie

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Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

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Re: QUID PRO QUO....

People would pay to hunt George and forget the rhino.......

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"Killing a rhino with a high-powered rifle requires a level of skill that has been described as roughly equivalent to shooting a garden shed."

A garden shed doesn't insert a three foot spike up your ass if you don't hit it dead on.......

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Re: future of the species..

"Imagine that, a once in a lifetime meal of black rhino steak."

Actually that's a great idea. $20K a plate would add another couple of million towards saving the species.

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Re: Strange Logic

"The rich b*****d could simply help fund without the kill and use some of the money to take that Black Rhino and put it somewhere else, away from the others and out of harms way. it's not like the national parcs have a lack of space......."

Yeah he could, so could you......

Save your money and out bid those rich hunters and you can save the rhino. If your not going to bid then STFU and leaving saving the species to the specialists who's job it is.

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Re: Good idea!

"He's probably grumpy and aggressive because he's not doing enough breeding, just find him some more females and leave him alone."

Find him females where? If we could clone them, we wouldn't need him to breed

In the wild, males fight and the strong survive to breed. If you have a reduced population, removing excess males allows the remaining males spend more time breeding and less time fighting thus increasing the number of females.

Shooting one male isn't going to affect the species any great amount as there is a big chance one will die in the next fight anyway. What shooting one will do is inject $250K to $1M into the preservation of the species which will allow rangers to be better armed and equipped to fight poachers who shoot young and old, male and female and actually do threaten the species.

If you don't like the idea, save your money, bid against the hunters, use a dart gun and take him home with you that way you can be sure he lives.

Just sitting around saying you shouldn't shoot the rhino means that the people trying to save them doesn't have the money to fight poachers and more than one rhino will die because of your actions

Really, some so called conservationists are just plain stupid.....

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Mozilla CTO blasts WC3 plans to bless anti-piracy DRM tech in HTML5

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Get over it and accept anti-piracy tech

As long as the media companies accept that piracy is here to stay......

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Re: Mission creep

DRM has worked so well stopping piracy in the past, I can see why they want to make it a standard.....

F@#king morons!

All DRM does is stop people from using legal content easily and thus turn to piracy as it's easier. The idiots can't even agree on a DRM model so your browser will end up with a dozen DRM plugins

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Fearless slayer of lawsuit-lovin' patent trolls steps forward from shadows

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Re: Corporate lockdown.

Patents need to be harder to get but easier to defend

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Re: lobbying spending

America has the finest democracy money can buy.....

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Re: Corporate lockdown.

Can't see it making a difference. They'll move the patent to a $2 company and then go bankrupt if they lose. They do that now....

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Re: Plenty of jobs . . .

What do you call 500 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.....

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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Re: where's PT when you need him ..

"The difference is a secret ingredient. You'll never guess."

Well the stuff is high protein and the owner is a bit of a tosser........

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Re: It's not that it's "new"...

Blizzard already tried to help these people.....

http://www.wowwiki.com/Pandaren_Xpress

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Re: where's PT when you need him ..

What I'd like to know is the difference between this and any of the ten million meal replacement shakes on the market?

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

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Some people say I'm indecisive ....

But I'm just not sure.....

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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Everybody knows torrent site are there for the illegal content. The legal content and the search engine argument is there to muddy the waters. The real problem is the big media's control issues creating the market for pirate sites.

Lets say I just missed last night's episode of Elementary? I can stop watching it and wait for the DVD. I can forget that episode and watch it out of order later or I can just pirate the damn thing and keep watching the series.

Forget us poor peons in Australia. The series finished months ago before we get them here usually which is why Australian are the biggest pirates. We're also locked out of streaming sites unless we get a US credit card and a VPN and lie like hell.

Big media still can't work out why people pirate....

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Pirate

Meanwhile in Durkdurkastan......

Another site will open replacing it.

At what point will the big media morons stop playing "Whack a Mole" on little pirate sites and make their media easily available and not region locked?

These idiots are their own worst enemy.

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Cabinet to be targeted with pro-FTTP ads

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$44K might not be enough...

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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Re: Captcha's are bad m'kay?

"Still not accessible, still breaking the law (Equality Act 2010) when will these people learn?"

It might be against the law but making more accessible for the blind makes it more accessible to the spammers and at the end of the day, I get more emails from spammers than from blind people.

If the government wants to make laws, why doesn't it make some to stop spam and then CAPTCHA won't be needed.

Personally I went a different approach. I added a field called email inside a hidden div in the form. My script knows if the email field is filled in, then it's from some crap robot written by some scumbag spammer who will hopefully die a painful death and spend eternity in hell getting his nuts roasted....

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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He wants the traffic from Google but he also wants Google to pay him to give him traffic

He's still trying to figure out how to have his cake and eat it too

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Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

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Re: I, for one, protest

But some cyclists need it........

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Re: How useful!

Maybe not steers but it could make you brake suddenly and have someone run up your backside....

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Re: Picard? More like the Ferengi.

"Don't they kit out their cubes from Ikea?"

The whole cube comes flatpack.....

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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Re: Evolution? Devolution!

I forgot. If the singularity happens, evolution becomes moot......

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Re: Evolution? Devolution!

"So all our offspring will be supermen and superwomen. Whoopee! Luckily, nothing could go wrong with a project like that. After all, everyone agrees on what characteristics are good and which are bad."

Ok Mrs Smith, looking at your genetic profile, I can see you suffer from short sightedness. While we fix that fault in your baby, we'll install 20/20 vision.

Now that heart problem in the father's DNA is easily corrected, We're replace that with an athlete's heart.

Like cake a bit too much Mrs Smith? We'll tweak your child's DNA to boost it's metabolism so weight gain isn't an issue for them........

This is just the start

Imaging the 20/20 vision is replaced with eagle DNA and with thermal night vision overlay? Regeneration in case of injury? Improved strength using primate DNA? Improved intelligence? Faster reflexes? Immortal?

What you will find is human will split into two sub classes. Breeders churning out peons and the rich, elite class of improved humans ruling society.

A natural birth will eventually become a sign of lower status.

Breeders will still be useful when random chance produces an improvement, the elite will be able to copy it and give it to their offspring.

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Re: Of course we are evolving

"@Thorne; Your comment shows that at best you are extremely ignorant - not least because if you were to actually study the list of the very greatest scientists and engineers of the past few hundred years you would find that many or most of the very best of them are/were very religious, even to the point of religion being their main inspiration.

This, despite religion having been generally held in disdain amongst the majority in the "educated" circles during the same period."

And now? Hawking? No.

I'm afraid most scientists don't think the world is 6000 years old and god buried dinosaur bones to test our faith plus all scientific test to the contrary are wrong cause a book tells us so.

In Western countries there is a direct correlation between education and the decline of religion. Religion is now the realm of the stupid and uneducated.

May god strike me down if I'm wrong........

Nope still here........

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Re: Not halted, just changed.

Yes but bogans are like cockroaches. Very hard to get rid of.....

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Re: Its only taken other forms...

Yes but speed, strength, intelligence etc was used to escape predators, hunt better and survive to breed in our ancestors

Now stupidity, gullibility, promiscuity and addiction are now prime traits to ensure your genes are passed on.

Now I'm not saying we should make stupidity illegal but lets just take the safety labels off everything and let nature take it's course......

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Re: Of course we are evolving

The problem is the religious. Religious people have been shown to have lower than average IQ and religion rejects birth control and promotes large families.

You just have to see Catholic and Muslim families with ten kids to realize that Mr & Mrs Smart with their 1, maybe 2 kids, can't compete.

When gullibility and stupidity become a prime trait for "Survival of the Fittest", we're in trouble.....

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Re: Evolution? Devolution!

GM is where it will go. Evolution will continue but by human hands and not survival of the fittest.

It will just become part of the normal pregnancy cycle along with the usual tests and screenings.

A mother will come in for her prenatal tests which will include DNA of the child. Any potential faults will be corrected long before the baby is born. Where it will get interesting is while fixing, a few optional extra will get installed.

It's like getting the brakes fixed and getting a turbocharger installed at the same time....

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Re: @skelband

"that evolution might favour physically robust, promiscuous people of only average IQ, but if that's the way the cards are stacked, it's still evolution."

Average IQ??? Have you seen the breeders?

Here's a joke to explain the situation to you

Shazza is down at the dole office........

Dole Officer: "And how many children do you have?"

Shazza: "Ten"

Dole Officer "And what are their names?"

Shazza:"Wayne, Wayne, Wayne, Wayne, Wayne, Wayne, Wayne, Wayne, Wayne and Wayne,"

Dole Officer: "Isn't that confusing?"

Shazza: "Na it's great. When it's tea time, I just yell 'Wayne yours dinner is ready' and they all come and when I get sick of them I yell 'Wayne, get ta bed' and they all go to bed."

Dole Officer: "But what if you want to call just one of them?"

Shazza: "That's easy. I just use their surname........"

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China tunes out Soundcloud for a weekend

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Ah the joys with living with the great firewall....

I'm sure Australian government will do a much better job..........

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Oz government-in-waiting releases new online child protection policy

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Re: Oz pollies contempt for the citizens

A televised dance off is more entertaining than electing clowns.....

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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Re: Private circuits

"Could be tinfoil hat gibberish, could be real. We need the government to tell us what is going on within our shores.."

Nothing is happening. Nothing at all. All is good. We are your friends. We're here to protect you from the big bad world. Don't worry your pretty little heads about it. All is good.......

</brainwashing>

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Bionym bracelet promises to replace passwords with ECG biometrics

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Re: Exercise

"Not just sneak in and steal it - sneak in, swap it with another one, then sneak back in and swap it back without the owner being aware that anything is amiss. Seems *much* harder than guessing a password from afar or even stealing a security token."

Well what happens if you steal a token? As soon as the owner notices, they ring up and cancel the token.

You can't ring up and cancel your heart...

To steal someone heartbeat wouldn't be that hard anyway for someone determined. Anything they touch could be bugged to pull their heartbeat be it their chair, mouse, exercise bike etc. No different to stealing someone's fingerprints.

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Re: Exercise

"Which is more practical. Guessing a password from miles away, or sneaking in to someones house at just the right time to steal their password bracelet."

No different to breaking in to steal a security token only they can't go out and get a new heartbeat.

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Re: Exercise

Uses heart beat to generate passkey?

Correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't you replace a user's band while they're in the shower to a hacked one that remembers the beat and swap back the next day. Suddenly you have full access.

Like all biometric systems, if it gets hacked, you can't change your eyes/finger prints/ heart beat like you can a password or security token.

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

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Meanwhile in Durkdurkastan.......

Two new torrent sites open.

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Boffin snatches control of colleague's BODY with remote control BRAIN HAT

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More effective but less cool.....

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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

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Gee I wonder......

Maybe finding out that the NSA snoop every last thing you do?

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IBM lands spook data-sharing standard at Oz airports

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Re: Sharing and Caring

"Does IBM store this data in the US where the good folks at NSA can find it?"

NSA supply it.....

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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

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Re: Faith in machinery displayed here is amusing

"Can we get a computer to reliably and quickly recognise a CAPTCHA?"

Seriously? I've got problems with damn CAPTCHA.....

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Big Brother

"One obvious way to settle accident blame issues would be for the insurance companies to require such vehicles to have cameras all round continually recording, plus a running log of the internal systems & all comms traffic. I'm sure they wouldn't abuse the info in any way."

Of course it will. No difference to a black box in planes.

The real interesting thing will be the police. Just imaging every car is a 360 degree surveillance cam.

Want to see footage of a mugging? pull up all footage from all cars in the area at the time.

God bless Big Brother for keeping us safe......

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