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* Posts by Thorne

989 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

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And considered all the unemployed judges and lawyers if the trolls couldn't sue people, I can't see it getting passed

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Fire danger as iOS mislocates towns, again

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Re: Why an app?

"When droid has the largest market share, surely writing for droid first would make more sense?"

Not really. iSheep are more likely to get burnt to death due to their own stupidity and such need an app to keep them safe. Why having them burn to death is a bad thing, I don't know...

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"Meanwhile Google maps send murderer to the wrong house."

Google maps can't find right house. Apple maps can't find entire towns.

Who do you trust more?

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Re: I have to agree with this article's title

"And which step is figuring out a way to feed everyone on this planet?"

Soylent Green

More food and less people eating. Problem solved!

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Re: none of this is new

"Traveling to distant planetary systems is impossible. I repeat, impossible."

Why is it impossible? Even with current technology we could build a multi generational colony ship. The only reason why we haven't is politicians won't spend money on something that you won't see the results for hundreds of years.

If they knew the earth was going to be wiped out and knew it couldn't be stopped, then money is no object.

If you look at possible improvements in robotics, cryogenics and zero G manufacturing, getting to another star system becomes a real possibility. The first step is to work out where our best bet is as far as possible star systems.

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Re: Space Monkeys

"Though if we're going to be spending money, surely it's easier to work out ways to divert an asteroid than to move a chunk of civilisation into space."

It's all wonderful diverting an asteroid but you have to see it coming. Not only do you have to see it coming but you have to see it soon enough to do something about it. The majority of the night sky isn't watched.

Also asteroid are not the only danger that might wipe out all human life. The long term survival of humans requires us being able to get off this rock. It's the whole "eggs in one basket" thing.

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Re: A little more background...

"I fail to see why Coke should give compensation here. When your dentist says "Gee, maybe you should let up of the coke, hun?" As he's pulling rotting teeth out of your face, you should probably take that as a hint to cut down a bit."

At least she'll never have to see that smug bastard of a dentist again...

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"Forget the warnings on Coke, why don't they post warnings on the cigarettes she was puffing away at every day?"

They could put her lovely toothless smile on Coke bottles as a warning like cigarettes. That will cut down consumption...

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Re: Somehow I don't feel sorry for her..

And with eight kids she can't even win a Darwin award....

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Journo says Elon Musk apologized for Tesla battery fiasco

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Re: Yes but

"That doesn't address long trips, but for most drivers those are rare (a few times a year) and never unexpected."

So you need to own two cars just in case you actually need to go somewhere further than to work and back?

So far I can see the market for these being innercity greenies, who don't go anywhere. What about the other 99.9% of the world?

A fast recharge that still takes an hour to do stops electric cars from ever becoming mainstream

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Yes but

Whatever way you look at it, electric cars will never take off until you can refill in five minutes or less

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Official: America now a nation of broadband whingers

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100Mbit fiber NBN

Suck that bitches

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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Re: estimates are a tad pessimistic

"I suspect if you could get it down to Earth you could make over 100 beellion dollars by marketing it as some sort of ET water with magical health benefits "

Just call it iWater. Fanbois are use to being overcharged for shit.

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Re: Just wait for...

Some....

Crashing into some other countries could make the asteroid more valuable.

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Mushroom

Re: Just wait for...

No. It's value is in space. Getting the remains off the moon makes it significantly less valuble. If you could get it into Earth orbit, it would be worth more (assuming you don't crash it into the earth and wipe out Canada)

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Watchdog casts an eye over ‘throttling’

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Re: Nothing to do with pirates

If they didn't want P2P then why sell 100+ gig a month accounts?

It's like selling you a Ferrari and then taking back the wheels to make sure you don't speed.

In reality it not even to stop you speeding but so they don't have to fix the crappy roads.

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Pirate

Nothing to do with pirates

Telstra is doing this so they don't have up upgrade services while waiting for the NBN to come in.

Why spend money on DSLAMS if you need to rip them back out in a couple of years (or less)

Pirates are a good excuse to to reduce traffic to delay upgrades to save money. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

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Re: @Thorne

No shadow, time for a sandwich!

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Re: @Thorne

If there is a shadow, time for sex?

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"Rolling in wearable computing may void the warranty."

But wearing nothing makes the sundial work better...

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Re: Wow, like playing darts.

If your iOwl is running iMaps I don't like the odds of him finding Starbucks let alone making it back home...

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"If you have a moment I can drop my trousers and a sundial will be projected from my arse"

Wouldn't be easier to roll over and think happy thoughts?

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Australian Parliament issues summons to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe

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And the net result will be?

Squat!

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Now UK must look out for crappy SPACE weather - engineers

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"I'm increasingly worried about pianos falling from the sky"

Don't buy a Morris Marina

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Australia joins hunt for corporate tax dodgers

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"it's a catch 22. Companies are putting mucho money into politicians pockets so the politicians keep passing the laws to allow them to get away with it. Hell, many politicians are doing the same thing!"

Pollies leave the loop holes because they use them themselves

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If you want to make them pay, change the law. Name and shame is a total waste of time. Don't blame them for legal tax minimization.

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"which while legal do not reflect the intent of the law."

Ummm law has nothing to do with intent ( or justice for that matter ) The letter of the law is the law and everybody wants to minimize tax so if it's legal, it's legal.

Don't like it? Change the law

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Kickstarter project says open source can blast Death Star costs

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Re: not to mention...

Did anyone check if the satellite NK launched was a mini deathstar?

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'Broke' Estonian suspect pleads guilty to DNSChanger click fraud scam

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Re: He might be broke but ...

5 years in the big house an then retire to a luxury villa in the Cayman Islands.

Still sounds like a bargin...

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Apple loses bid to 'cut in line' in Samsung patent dust-up

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Re: Time is short it seems...

"I have no suggestion as to how they fix this."

Shoot all the lawyers

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Wikileaks reveals Icelandic FBI shenanigans

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Re: Well...

"The bit where the big superpower tried to enter Iceland and use Icelandic police as a their peronnal puppet is a good guess."

Like New Zealand...

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Rotund Mega baron Dotcom offers bounty for breaking his crypto

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Re: HACKER NEWS

Purchase? What is this word you are talking about?

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Boffins propose satnav tracking for 'KILLER KOALAS'

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They're real!

A drop bear once bit my sister ...

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Re: trap-neuter-return

"Perhaps this could be applied to NRA members too?"

The same thought occured to the NRA too hence the reason why they want to keep assault rifles....

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Re: If only we were allowed to kill these bloody vermin!

"I was recommend a super-soaker filled with a mix of vinegar and cola. The cola sticks and the vinegar tastes foul when they try to clean their coat."

I'd recommend caffine free diet pepsi. It tastes truely disgusting. No additives needed...

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Asteroid mining and a post-scarcity economy

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Re: hmm @Grave

"while it might seem like a catch22, the problem of stupid people can be solved by education"

Some of the dumbest people I know are also the most educated...

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Re: hmm

Actually, long term, asteroid mining will be worth a fortune. Material in space costs $20K per kilo to get it there. Whatever you can make up there will be siginificantly cheaper and easier than getting from the Earth.

The survival of the human race depends on getting off this rock. Already too many people living here so the more you can ship out the better. The key to this is facilities in space and whomever can build and control these will make a fortune.

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Australian spooks want mobile dev to build ... something

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Re: If I had to guess,

It's "Spying for Dummies"

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Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition

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WTF?

Privacy at the cost of your diginty...

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

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Re: He played it pretty dumb...

"For a computer student I think he didn't play this very smart at all."

Running scanning software traceable back to him wasn't smart. If you want to report security bugs, do it anonymously because no good deed goes unpunished...

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Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

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Re: He needs to make a 'Make Me Honky White Trash' app to readdress the balance.

That would be awesome....

Mullets, wife beater singlets, tatts, guns, beer

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The world is full of sensitive little petals

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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Re: What's the alternative?

"I would be interested to see the average test scores of the pupils there pre and post the iFlood."

The tests have show that their angry birds scores were significantly higher after...

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NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

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It's just an excuse to build orbiting laser cannons...

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Re: Wait... Playboy == Hardcore?

When your a religious nutjob, anything not wearing a burka is hardcore...

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Re: When the hell...

The Oatmeal sums this up best

http://theoatmeal.com/pl/senior_year/sex_ed

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Little Johnny can find hardcore stuff that makes Playboy look tame using Google in three seconds flat.

Type your perversion in, turn safe search off, select videos or images and suddenly all the smut you could ever watch in a life time at your fingertips.

Just shows what a total waste of time these watchdogs are...

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Fans of dead data 'liberator' Swartz press Obama to sack prosecutor

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Re: Time to get real

"10-30 years in prison and fines/legal fees that would bankrupt J.R. Eweing is utterly disproportionate. Aaron Swartz wasn't a serial rapist, murderer or child molester - any of whch might deserve such punishment. He was a misguided guy who broke the law."

But hacking and/or copyright infringment is a far more serious crime than rape, murder or child molestation...

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Re: Jstor question

If storage is so expensive that it requires $10 per article per read then how could Swartz release it for free?

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Re: It'll hit the Pacific off Santa Monica, California

"Yeah thank God it won't hit a true bastion of society like Mississippi. "

Sounds like we need a second asteroid....

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