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1055 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

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Re: Scary

"@Thorne - Do you walk around with your phone perpetually held up in front of your face ? If not, then there's a difference."

Well no I don't hold my phone up to my face while I'm selling it. I usually give it to the person buying it but then again I'd expect the same if I was selling Glass too.

The conversation was about the right to resell.

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Re: Scary

I can't see any difference between resale of glass and the resale of a mobile phone. Both have camera and store video.

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Scary

That a god bothering primitive is in charge of privacy in technology (I bet he doesn't even own a mobile phone)....

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It's time to suck the marrow from the NBN debate

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Re: What do we need

"Creating monopolies is bad for everybody"

Yes and no. This is an infrastructure monopoly owned by the government, no different to powerlines, railway tracks and roads.

The problem in Australia is when the government sold off Telstra which owned the phone lines creating a private monopoly who screwed it's customers and competitors and refused to upgrade the system because it could make more money selling the old broken crap cause there was no choice.

The NBN creates a government owned monopoly who then sells access to private companies at the same price unlike Telstra with it's customer arm and wholesale arm.

Now if private companies just ran their own lines, it wouldn't work. They will create small monopolies in the profitable areas and the regional areas will get squat. No company will create duplicate fibre networks in an area where one already exists as then you spend a lot to buy into a market where you need to compete on price. Much easier to build in an empty area and rule it as your fiefdom...

Now with a government controlled fibre monopoly, the profitable areas will subsidize the rural areas allowing all Australian the same level of access. As far as I'm concerned, everywhere that has copper running to it should be upgraded to fibre. If you didn't have copper before, then satellite or wireless.

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Internet fraud still stings suckers

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Re: More Gullible?

More people per head of population falling for these scams.

Personally I wonder the break up of stupid scams verses sneaky scams (Nigerian dictator vrs Westpac email)

I see a lot of emails pretending to be Telstra, Westpac, CommBank etc. I wonder how many Australians fall for these as opposed to distant relative dying and leaving you millions.

We Australian have a smaller banking group so it's an easier target than US banks.

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US Supremes: Human genes can't be patented

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Re: I'm safe

By safed, he means nobody wants his DNA...

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

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Re: I'm no longer voting "for" but "against"

No difference in Australia

Last election I couldn't work out who I hated more. Ended up getting a Green's How to Vote card and put it in backwards...

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Young blokes blinded by video-game addiction: THE FACTS

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Re: Actually ...

"Why? Simple answer: There is no possibility of saving, and then restarting the game from where you left off in RealLife[tm], after you get killed. For whatever reason, the gamer set doesn't seem to understand that obvious fact."

What are you trying to tell FPS Doug? Anything else? Holding a knife doesn't make you run faster?

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NSA: 'Dozens of attacks' prevented by snooping

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NSA New Proposals

If we implant chips into everybody's heads monitoring for illegal thoughts, we can stop even more attacks.

Safety at the cost of freedom...

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Leaked docs show NSA collects data on all Verizon customers

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You say now but when you get black bagged, waterboarded and set to a re-education camp.....

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

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Re: WTF?

"Sorry but how do you opt-out of any facial recognition software when you're not the one wearing the glasses?"

Paper bag....

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Re: How long...

Won't need to. Just a burka will trigger an alert...

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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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Australia's de-facto Internet filter may block 250k sites

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Could you pin a tail on this cunning plan and call it a weasel?

No....

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Obama's patent troll proposals: Long on talk, short on walk

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Opposites

If the opposite of pro is con then the opposite of progress is congress...

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Smut-for-Glass app suffers premature ejection

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Re: Clippy!!!

Fappy?

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Quantum boffins send data ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

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Re: Fear not the paradox is, paradoxically, not going to happen.

"I think time paradoxes don't exist - they're just a sci-fi idea... cos, if every decision, even down to the quantum level, creates a new alternate reality then...."

Personally I follow the idea of fixed time rather than whole spawned universes every millisecond.

Time is like a movie. You might figure out how to fast forward and rewind but that doesn't change the movie.

Ok imagine you go back in time to kill your father. That would create a paradox. Now with fixed time, any attempt to create a paradox would fail. You get hit by a bus before you can kill him. You go back too far in time and get eaten by a T-Rex etc etc.

Just like the past, the future has already happened and it's only the fact that we don't know what will happen that maintains the illusion of free will...

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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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FAIL

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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