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989 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Google seeks to calm facial recognition furor with app block for Glass

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How long...

Until all the police wear headsets with facial recognition?

Just like now the act of driving past a police car automatically brings up your details and rego and insurance status.

Police will be able to walk past people and know if there is a warrant or drug use history or out on parole or wagging school etc.

Of course this will all happen under the guise of protecting police officers from false claims...

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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Re: Um, bad analogy in bringing up Christopher Columbus.....

1) I don't think prisons will be needed. Even if people knew it would be eventually fatal, you would still have plenty of volunteers.

2) It may have been shorter but they had no idea of where they were going. We can see Mars.

3) The ship would be flying a preprogrammed route. You can't turn around.

4) Only one ship

5) For the chance to stand on Mars, people would still go even for a one way trip.

6) They were motivated by greed. Mars would be motivated by fame. Nobody has forgotten Neil Armstrong

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Re: Trip to Mars == Suicide, maybe just getting there.

I think it will end up using hollowed out asteroids. The material is already in space. Robots could do the construction and you can have a massive amount of high metallic content rock between you and outer space.

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NASA wont

But the Chinese will if it mean the first person on Mars is Chinese

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Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?

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Shock Horror!

Apple lied....

(Actually my money is they lied to both the US and Australian governments)

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Google to double encryption key lengths for SSL certs by year's end

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In Other News...

The US government demands Google installs a backdoor so it can continue to spy on everybody.

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Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

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Re: @Thorne

Too slow chicken marengo

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Re: Cat

You can't call Cat highly evolved any more than the cast of "Jersey Shore". He was the son of the village idiot and a TV weather girl...

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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

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Does it come as bacon flavored?

If not then it will fail...

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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

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Re: Watch out for foreign governments

"The government of the USA *is* a foreign government. Why should they have backdoors into software used in other countries, which judging by their past performance they are guaranteed to massively abuse?"

Cause the Chinese are beating them at their own game. If you can't beat them, cheat...

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" I heard that terrorists are trying to recruit people by using porn!"

No. The Islamic nutters hate porn therefore we have to encourage more porn (plus beer and bacon)...

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Blogger better be a billionaire, says 'open access' publisher lawsuit

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Re: How scary

Lets look at the Australian Government warnings again for India

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/India

Wandering Rapists

"Due to the risk of harassment and assault, women should take particular care in all parts of India and exercise caution even if they are travelling in a group. See under Crime for more information. "

Islamic Crazies

"A number of terrorist attacks in India have resulted in significant casualties. For example, in 2008, over 170 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks targeting places frequented by Westerners in Mumbai. Australians were among the casualties. More recent attacks causing significant casualties have occurred in Varanasi in December 2010, Mumbai in July 2011, New Delhi in September 2011 and Hyderabad in February 2013. "

Bombay Belly

"There is a high incidence of food-borne, water-borne and other infectious diseases in India. Before you travel, you should consult your doctor or travel clinic about disease outbreaks, preventative measures, immunisations and vaccinations. See the Health section for more information. "

Yes lets not let facts get in the way of being a total prick...

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Re: How scary

Totally missed the whole point....

Who cares if you break the laws of another country you've never been to and have no intention of going to

By the way since India is such a wonderful place to visit here's the Australian governments current status on travelling to India

"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in India at this time because of the risk of terrorism, civil unrest, crime and vehicle accidents. "

But I'm just a xenophobe for pointing this out...

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How scary

You've broken the law in another country you've never been to and now will be sued in said country for a billion dollars.

Unless said country was America and you lived in a lickspittle country (like Australia) who would sell you out in a heartbeat, it doesn't rate as much of a threat.

I pretty sure the blogger could live without going to India with it's wandering rapists, Islamic crazies and Bombay belly...

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China breaks ceasefire, restarts hacking US government

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Re: Now, Listen Hear

Don't forget to say please...

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Nintendo throws flaming legal barrel at YouTubing fans

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FAIL

Nintendo might be able to claim copyright but will be left with a massive PR nightmare and alienate their fans (both of them)

Idiots...

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Foxconn still flogging iWorkers, but more lightly

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Their pay is relative. Dollar for dollar they earn less but in China the cost of living is much lower. A basic Western wage would allow you to live like a king in China. A cup of cheap coffee here would be a huge breakfast there.

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They do but adding Apple to the story makes it more newsworthy...

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My god, what's that STENCH belching from your iPhone?

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I can see the future...

Fart apps will now do more than make silly noises...

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Apple: ebook price fixing? Nooo, nothing to do with us, no siree

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Re: 'Cost' for an e-book

"But having said that, e-books are generally vastly over-priced."

More often than not I can get a paper copy of a book posted to me cheaper than the price of an ebook

Ebooks are a total rip off

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Government admits seizing two months of AP phone records

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Re: Anyone Else

To be fair, sometimes the media does use illegal methods to raid other's privacy while crying about public interest...

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Re: They have the authority

Nothing like fear for letting a government remove your rights...

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

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Re: Again MS-Windows is ahead of the curve.

Eating is too strong a word. Choking on them is closer....

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"Here's a crazy idea, how about everyone just eats their damn vegetables and we get 2kg from 2kg of food instead of 1kg from 2kg of food?"

Cause bacon tastes better than brussel sprouts... (and these same damn do-gooders vegan hippies are stopping the geneticists from making bacon flavoured brussel sprouts)

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"How about we stop spending money on the corrupt UN and instead spend it on food."

How about we stop turning food into ethanol and bio diesel. There's a massive waste of food...

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Re: Wild bugs have parasites....

"And then, PETA will complain about the conditions for factory-farmed bugs."

We could use PETA members instead of insects. Not exactly brain food but it should be organically raised...

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Re: @RonWheeler - Or...

"Of course it does, but you appear to be offering the solution of eliminating the breeders by some form or other instead of *educating* people which history has shown to be an effective way to be the way to reduce reproduction rates."

We can educate people to reduce reproduction but then religion promotes reproduction. The net result is the educated breed less and the believers of magical sky fairies who grants wishes breed more. Less smart people and more dumb people.

We're fighting a losing battle...

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Microsoft splashes big bucks to blast Google Apps

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Re: Will this backfire?

They'd be better off spending the money on enhancements like the ribbon menu....

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

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Re: But there ARE uses for this!

"Now i can watch porn on the bus and no one will know!"

Yes they will...

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Peeping Tom suspects cuffed after 'falling through women's toilet ceiling'

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I saw this at the movies already. It was called Dumb and Dumber

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Tech giants reject tax dodge name and shame plan

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Re: They have a right to their opinion ...

It's every board's obligation to their shareholders to avoid as much tax as possible. The stupid government needs to fix the broken tax laws but that won't happen cause the pollies currently exploiting them would lose money...

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Re: So

You made the rules so don't blame us cause you're still losing

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New NASA rover lands in frigid alien hell tomorrow

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Obviously

Muppets work cheaper than Indians...

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Japan's naughty nurses scam free meals with mobile games

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Re: I am in agreement also.

"I have been known to buy a woman a drink or two or a meal for the pleasure of their company for a little while. If nothing else it allows one to brush up on the conversational and flirting skills. When you're socially inept that's practice that's well needed and can actually pay off."

Buy enough meals and one is bound to have pity sex with you...

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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

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"Because training humans to kill other humans, then sending them into civilian populated areas armed with high explosives, depleted uranium shells and the attitude that all the natives are terrorists, always ends well...

At least a machine would be able to recognize the difference between a Reuters photographer and a guy with a rocket launcher."

To the army a reporter is more dangerous than a terrorist...

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New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat

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I can't figure out how he can get back here to sit in the seat even if he wins...

If the PM gets sick of him, they'll just black bag him and ship him to the US

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Applicants sought for one-way trip to Martian Big Brother house

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Re: history again...

No send actual BB constestants. Getting kicked out of the house into non breathable atmosphere will make eviction night much more exciting...

On the plus side, bogans are like cockroaches so the radiation isn't likely to kill them.

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Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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The Oatmeal explains this best...

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones

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Internet Explorer makes modest gains against Google Chrome

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Re: Meanwhile in the DPRK...

"Kim Jong-Un uses Firefox."

Kim Jong-Un uses drugs...

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Re: If they had a time machine...

"Your aspersion is incorrect. Islam may produce a moral framework that is antithetical to your worldview but it does produce a stunningly sophisticated framework - very far from a "crock of shit""

No all religions are a crock of shit. It's there to make the rich feel better about screwing the poor and the poor feel better about getting screwed meanwhile the religion itself makes a fortune selling forgiveness...

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Planes in thunderstorms cop gamma ray bursts

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So when.....

Will a passanger go "Hulk"?

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Australia gets a space strategy

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Re: Big Empty

That would upset the aboriginals, who would need a massive cash payout to make them feel better about having a sacred site destroyed and turned into a launch pad...

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Re: unauthorised launches?

"Who'd authorise a state to launch a spaceship?"

Bruce would of course...

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Bruce in Spaceeeeeee............

If Bruce goes into space, who'll look after the sheep dip?

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Australia's alternative NBN plan: some taxpayer-friendly questions

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"What will be the criteria for replacement of degraded copper?"

The second coming of Christ. Anything short of that, Stiff!

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

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Considered it gets their advertising out to more viewers, they should be happy but instead greedy is the only emotion they feel.

Going pay cable only reduces their customer base. These guys are so thick...

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: Commenters overcompensating with shotguns rather than sportscars

"When the police rock up and you're holding a shotgun and the air smells of firing, then the cops aren't listening to you rail against these hypocritical greenies flying stuff over your head and destroying the peace and quiet of the countryside they're supposedly saving. The cops are going to be much more concerned about separating you and the gun, and wondering if all of your babbling indicates a dangerous mental state."

This is Australia. The cops won't turn up until weeks later at best. The only cops you see around here are holding a radar or a breath tester...

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Playboy submits to Apple with nudity-free 'Pornography 2.0' app

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Re: It probably will work out, unfortunately

"I'm not sure. From my days with dot matrix printers I recall that there is a lot you can do with strategically placed dots."

Or some very large dots...

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Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee

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"They have refused to shop there in the past due to, and i paraphrase 'customer service issues'."

Maybe the customers walked out without buying something due to the owner's attitude?

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