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1053 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Pirate Bay reports pirating anti-piracy group to police

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"Rather sounds like they did it deliberately."

The operators don't need to come out, just the creator of the stylesheet that was stolen, who may not actually have anything to do with TPB beyond writing the stylesheet.

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Re: Genius

"3) CIAPC finds a technical legal hole in PBs argument and nobody wins except for the lawyers, as usual."

PB won't got to that much effort and expense. It's just a publicity stunt to make CIAPC look stupid.

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Re: Petty or dense?

It may not excuse it but everyone including TPB is amused by it. Nothing funnier than making your enemy look like an idiot.

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Karma's a bitch

What else can you say?

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You can help fix patent laws … now!

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Re: Well...

"Surveys, harmonisation and reform are one way we could fix the issue of patent trolling. The other would be to abduct the CEOs of each major tech company and beat them with wrenches until they stop being assholes."

The other is hunting down trolls and putting them to the sword and flame...

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Wind-up bloke Baylis winds up broke, turns to UK gov for help

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Re: Tricky balancing act

The problem is patents are handed out like candy and is very hard and expensive to defend in court. You need to make your patent as broad as you can get away with as to make it more defendable (a shotgun instead of a rifle)

Patents should be very hard to get but very easy to defend.

In this case I disagree with the inventor. Winding a spring to run a generator to run a radio isn't the same as winding a generator to charge a battery to run a radio. It's a vast improvement over his concept and shouldn't be covered by his patent.

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

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Probably means people would pay not to see it....

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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Re: Supraluminal?

"Maybe the reason we don't see people visit the toilet in Star Trek is that the transporter can be used to displace bodily waste directly from the bowel and bladder."

And those jumpsuits are a bitch to get on and off.....

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Iceland thinks long and hard over extreme smut web ban law

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Re: If the lady is simply (according to you) some kind of "lefty lesbo" whose opinions.......

"First off, the minister in question is male, hardly lesbian as such."

He might be a lesbian trapped in a man's body.....

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I'd like to know how they plan to stop it?

China is now planning banning VPNs cause their firewall works so well.

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Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

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"the EU regulators will now continue their investigation and convene a working group in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer."

Summer 6049.... Can't rush these things

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Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

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"A troll is simply someone who has patent property rights who has the gall to enforce those rights"

No a patent troll is someone who has patented an idea (usually something obvious) and then proceeds to threaten anybody who tries to make something to extort money from them.

There one patent lawyer who's whole existance is working out where technology is heading and patenting the ideas before someone makes it happen. He's a lawyer. He invents nothing. He earns around millions every year because for most companies, it's cheaper to "licence" it than to fight him.

The problem is now, that there is so many trolls all wanting a cut that there is little left for inventors.

The problem is the patent office hands out patents like lollies and it costs a fortune to fight it. Yes you may well win the fight but if the fight will cost you a million and licencing it will cost you $100K, do you fight? If you fight, will you get your costs back? No you won't. Trolls make nothing and the patents are owned by $2 shell companies with no assets. You win and the shell company vanishes leaving you with squat.

Problem is you end up feeding the trolls cause it's cheaper than fighting them and the real problem is now that there are so many trolls you can't afford to feed them all.

I've been there. I fought. I won. I lost a stack of money even thought I won

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

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Re: This whole debate...

"Putting the time/money into building a framework - libraries, tools, etc - that would allow a remnant of the population to survive the harshest conditions following a major event seems better. For the cost of a program to build a self-sustaining colony on Mars, we could surely build 100 equivalent kits which could be used to re-colonise Earth!"

Aren't you assuming there will be an earth to re-colonise? There are plenty of potential disasters which could mean that the earth can't be re-colonised. A good bet is another planet and the best bet is another star system

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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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Official: America now a nation of broadband whingers

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Re: 550MB per day for fapping?

"You've got a problem mate."

Not enough bandwith?

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100Mbit fiber NBN

Suck that bitches

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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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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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$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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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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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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