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* Posts by Thorne

1093 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Chinese firm applies for 'Edward Snowden' trademark

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Re: The Edward Snowden Car

"Whereas the Julian Assange car parks itself and refuses to move?"

I'd of said the Assange car refuses to move no matter how big the charge......

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The Edward Snowden Car

It squeals and takes off quickly.....

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Oz sawbones extract fork from old boy's todger: Gents, start your wincing

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I heard the slogan "Get some pork on your fork" but this is taking it too far......

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100 MEEELION self-driving cars will be sold globally in 2035 – report

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Re: It really, really isn't going to happen

"I refer you to the speech recognition debacle, always 10 years away, always looks likes it works, never works well enough for people to actually use it. If it worked smartphones wouldn't have screens would they?"

Angry birds doesn't have the same effect if you just yell at them to kill the damn pigs.....

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"Wonder if all the car insurance will be the same price if its driving it self... i.e no age discrimnantion"

Of course not. The driver (AKA the car) will be under 25 so a premium must be paid.......

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Re: It's ironic that this happens in the land of the free.

"Scotland ?"

You may take our mail servers but you'll never take our freedom...........

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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

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Re: Colour me unimpressed

"And I don't like soy because it increases oestrogen. Then I have to do more work outs to stay fit."

Ah so that's what makes PETA supporters such whiny little bitches......

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Report: NSA spying deals billion dollar knockout to US cloud prospects

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Re: Solution

"Not enough. As long as secret gag orders exist they can say anything they want, and no one can trust anything they say.

- They would have to declare all existing gag orders void.

- Only allow gag orders for a fixed time for a specified investigation. After that time it's public. No exceptions."

Problem is the NSA might say the gag orders have been removed and secretly gag everyone who tries to say that it is a lie....

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Latvian foreign minister speaks out against giving up alleged Gozi writer to US

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Re: Something wrong with the model?

"if this arsehole was stealing from my account I'd want the book thrown at him too."

The difference is between Latvia punishing it's own citizens and Latvia handing it's citizens over to America to face American justice.

If the guy broke the law, he should face Latvian justice, not American justice...

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Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

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Re: Great Idea!!! @ Thorne

How do you get testing done when it's banned before it's even released?

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Great Idea!!!

Lets ban stuff before it's even out and before anyone has any idea of whether it can improve or decrease road safety.

Bugger them scientist and their tests. We have politicians....

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Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

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Re: And Suddenly

And suddenly you need another gun.......

Better?

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And Suddenly

You need a gun, the printer will save you $1000.......

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Dumpsters begone! App matches diners with leftovers to broke, hungry

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Great Idea

Yeah cause all the hobos have smart phones.....

(maybe if they didn't spend all their dosh on iProducts they could afford food)

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: Waste of time

Best way to prevent a printer from making a gun is to make the printer so crappy, it'll never fire...

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Waste of time

"In related news, Danish 3D printer maker Create It Real has decided to ensure its products can't ever print a gun."

A gun is made of lots of different pieces. Just print the pieces separately and you'll bypass any stupid restriction they might set.

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Curses! Reddit plan for fat old beardy to 'smell hot pop girl Taylor Swift's hair' FOILED

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Re: But is he tall enough for it.

Or short enough? He didn't specify which lot of hair.....

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Senator: Surveillance state based on secret law 'has no place in America'

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Re: sigh

Two identical but opposing parties maintains the illusion of a democracy.....

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Tesco begs to differ....

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Apple patents touch display that KNOWS YOU by your fingers

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Re: What's wrong with using the back of the phone?

Because fingers touch the screen all the time anyway. A phone could be set to automatically lock upon sensing someone else's fingers

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Re: Not that bad

This something worth patenting. Rounded corners and slide to unlock not so much...

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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Re: All at once or none at all

"For example, would an automated car be able to react well to a low-to-ground obstacle suddenly falling off the back of a truck? What about a child suddenly running out in front from between two cars (thus practically invisible beforehand)? Can the car detect small but significant patches of black ice? How will it react to an accident suddenly starting in front of them? And so on?"

The answer is simple. Better than the manual driver will. Yes the automatic car might run over the little kid but then again so was the manual driver anyway. If the little kid could have been saved, it would be the automatic car. The car will have seen the child, calculated the path and speed, calculated that it cannot avoid the child and now aims the car at the child so the child hits the car in the middle of the best crumple zone maximising the chances of survival and reducing the chance of going under the wheels. All of this in less time than the driver can say "Holy Sh..."

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Internode's Simon Hackett offers re-engineered NBN plan

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A Camel is a Horse Designed by a Committee

The problem is the NBN was designed by a committee too.

I've got the NBN. First thing they do is install a battery backup system to run everything in case of a blackout.

This is a total waste. Firstly a lot of homes now no longer run a home phone. Secondly of those who do, most have a cordless phone that doesn't work without power anyway. Most people don't care because there is at least one mobile in the house.

The only person who needs a battery backup land line is an old technophobic person so you could get rid of 95% of the battery backups and nobody would care.

Yes I know about alarms and monitoring systems. Alarms these days often hook up via mobile and even so, they already have a battery backup system in them. There is also no reason why someone who wants a battery backup to not go and buy a UPS.

The NBN should supply just the fibre. The supplier should provide the hardware based on the customer's needs.

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Google and fellow ad-slingers PROMISE to starve pirates of oxygen

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So Now...

When we go to a dodgy site we won't have Google selling us penis enlargement pills, it will be someone else...

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Google Glass going to the dogs: FIDO project computerizes canines

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New Meaning

"Given the vigor with which dogs scratch and lick themselves, this could be a potent form of power"

Whole new meaning to Powerball.....

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'Thundering mechanical behemoth' walker mech to attack Leicester today

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If a horse was that lame...

You'd just shoot it...

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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Re: passably attractive???

"She's frakking hot... what more do you want???"

Her in a "Black Widow" catsuit.....

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'Banner year' for patent lawsuits: Number of cases, awards both up

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Re: Yes please amend

And the other leg...

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Gotcha: Oz Greens squeeze web snoop law confession

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Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.

"Electricity supply is a State responsibility. There are no Greens in any position of responsibility in any state parliament. The op opinion is thus a logical lunacy."

Funny? I recall the carbon tax was federal. It's the Green's handiwork.

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"Then vote them out next election, show there's no career in office if they try to push for it."

It will be in by the next election

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Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.

"Our governments use the catch-cry "Democracy!" to befuddle us and keep us from interfering."

It's a two party system. How do you change the system when the two parties are different sides of the same coin?

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"Which means don't vote for any incumbent. The fact is, the people elected approved the spending. SO don't trust their word about what their views really are."

Yes but the other bastards also want to bring it in, you know to stop terrorists and kiddy porn...

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Every government spies on it's people (and everybody else it can) and lie about it. All Snowden did is show how much.

Every government department wants access to this information (tax, police, child support, welfare etc) and as such will do everything they can to bring it in. They know the public will be upset so it's easier to sneak it in and lie about it.

Safer for everyone to just assume they're watching and act accordingly.

What pisses me off is with this information, they can accuse you of any crap claim and then go fishing through your history for any misdeeds you may or may not have done. Yes you've been cleared of fraud so now we'll charge you with piracy cause you've logged into The Pirate Bay several times in the last five years...

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

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"When the Great Firewall is replicated elsewhere is when the governments no longer fear the people they represent."

Like in Australia?

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Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

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Re: Scary

"Yes truly motivated perverts can buy any number of hidden recording devices. That is beside the point. Google are attempting to make their glasses pervasive. That lowers bar of entry and shifts the burden of proof. To clarify. If you are caught with a hidden recording device at the moment there is probable cause. There will be no probable cause with goo-glasses."

I'm sure you can find some gauze to hang from your tinfoil hat that will mess up Glass' facial recognition....

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Re: Scary

"@thorne then why the emphasis on video and camera ? A phone also has a, well phone .."

My point is there isn't any features in Glass that is not in a phone so logically banning Glass from resale should mean phones should also be banned from resale for the same reasons.

Personally I can't see any point to banning resale.

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Re: Google could end this hassle today

"Just include secret facial recognition and ship the results to the NSA."

They don't already?

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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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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

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Re: What they SHOULD be doing??

"Free speech does (should) have some responsibility!"

Free speech has nothing to do with it.

Youtube gets something ridiculous like 100 hours of footage a minute uploaded. The staff required to check this footage for legality would be mind blowing. Currently the ads are based on the entered text which may or may not have anything to do with the footage and all videos gets ads because that's how Google makes it money.

Google would need to hire 20,000+ staff to do nothing but watch videos just to try and keep up with the inflow

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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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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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