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1105 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

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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West Virginia seeks Google Glass driving ban

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Re: I forget...

Today yes tomorrow no

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Re: I forget...

What people forget is that Google glass is only the first step. This technology could quiet easily end up displaying altered reality.

Instead of seeing the road, you see a view enhanced by low light and infrared cameras. Road signs don't exist and instead you see virtual signs that only apply to you.

There is so much this technology can do but banning it before it starts stops it from making driving safer before it has a chance to grow.

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Re: Well...

"I think it's a sensible precaution. We have no idea how badly it will affect driving, which is bad enough already. No-ome has neede one to drive a car for the last 115 years, so let's try and do without it, eh?"

Yeah we have no idea how it will affect driving so lets ban it before we can find out....

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"Sorry but your eyes should be on the bloody road. Anything that distracts you and your vision is bad news."

What about the glasses showing your speed? Vehicle warnings? Your dash already requires you to take your eyes off the road to read them now

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Apple exec says music labels, Hollywood, 'old fashioned' on copyright

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Re: Thieving?

It is thieving. Considered some Adobe products would be cheaper to fly someone to the US to pick up a copy than buy here. This is on top of our dollar being worth more.

These same clowns then complain when people pirate stuff....

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Once your currency drops, they up the price. When your currency goes back up, you're already use to the higher price so it remains the same. Thieving pricks

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What a load of crap!

It's a case of paying what they think we can pay. Lying buck passing prick

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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

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Re: Prior art

Town crier, the dark ages...

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First sale doctrine survives US Supreme Court

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Pirate

Re: Long Live Dead Trees!

This is why I pirate.....

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Caught on camera: Fujitsu touts anti-terrorist pulse-taking tech

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Black Helicopters

A body cavity search for anyone that's scared of flying isn't going to help them overcome their fears...

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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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Re: What a crock

If he tried to extort AT&T then he would have been charged with extortion

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Re: Its a fair sentence.

"If you steal from an unlocked home it is still burglary. It you steal a car that has the keys in the ignition it is still car theft."

Lets use the car theft example

He saw the car with the keys in it. He knocked on the door and said "Excuse me but did you know you you left your keys in the car?"

The owner responded with "Fuck off you snot nosed little twerp and mind your own business"

Not happy with the reponse, he hopped in the car and did a massive burnout out the front of the house.

As a result he's now charged with car theft and sent to jail. If the idiot car owner had listened and did something, then everything could have been avoided.

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Foxtel cries wolf at the threat of fast broadband

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Boo Hoo Cry Me A River

Considered Foxtel is channels which means you get to watch what they want to play and the NBN will allow you to watch what you want when you want, I can't really feel sorry for them.

Maybe they need to embrace the NBN and have an on demand system

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Modder hacks SimCity for unlimited offline play

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Re: Server

Three things to never believe

1: I love you

2: The cheque is in the mail

3: Anything EA says

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Earth bombarded by interplanetary SLIME MONSTERS

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Alien

I for one welcome out new alien slime overlords...

Someone had to say it first

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Total publicity stunt. It got them into the media at no cost banning an item that isn't even released yet

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'We the People' seek to double NASA budget – at least

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Re: How about 0%

All the more to spend on terrorists....

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Re: How to decide. How not to decide.

Why is it the stupidest? It's an amount locked to the government's budget so the next time the Amercian government decides to have another war on terror, it can at least leave NASA alone.

America is at the point where it can no longer even get it's own astronaughts into space but has to rely on Russia to ferry them.

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Opposition leader raises ‘your Internet will cost you more’ spook

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Re: above ground not an option everywhere

"the libs have no idea when it comes to a next gen network, wireless don't make me laugh"

Considered the congestion problems already with 3g and 4g in the early evening, I'm sure adding a few million new wireless devices won't affect the service.

Then considered that currently the fastest wireless is 1/4 of the current limited fiber, why would you want to go that way?

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Re: You almost had me...

"Everything is under the pavement."

Assuming you live in the city. I'm regional and the phone line is buried and power is overhead

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Stupid Abbot hasn't realised that at some point the copper has to be replaced with fiber and considered the bandwidth issues they are already having with wireless, putting in the wireless system Abbot wants is the white elephant.

The only disagreement with the NBN is using Telstra's ducts. If they just ran it overhead with the power, it would be cheaper and faster to install

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SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

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Re: Just remember...

"I am a non-producing entity, and have no way of producing it. Should I have to post the billions in a bond just to be able to sue them for stealing the idea?"

It's risk and reward. You could spend $100K to produce 1/2 a dozen motors and sell them and then sue or post a billion dollars and sue or weep quietly into your beer.

What posting a bond does is stop the $2 company with the patent on rounded corners suing you, costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars and folding up when they lose leaving you bankrupt even though you won.

As for your car example, I invented an improvement for engines, got sued by another company, won and was still left with a massive debt despite winning. I've experienced this crap first hand.

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Re: Just remember...

"Most members of congress are lawyers, and the trial lawyers association is a VERY powerful lobby."

Whomever wins or loses, the lawyers always get paid anyway. A bond means the winner get his money back instead of the loser going bust instead of paying up

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Re: How about SHAFT

Then companies might feel better about being shafted...

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Re: Just remember...

"I invent some new computer gizmo, I patent it and show it to IBM/Samsung/Apple"

You start producing the item and then sue and you're not a NPE anymore

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Re: Still a fail...

"It actually does require them to stump up a bond."

Where does it say that? All I read was it required them to pay the costs if they lose.

If they lose, they go bankrupt and the $2 company falls over leaving the winner to pay the costs

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Still a fail...

Can't see how this is suppose to work short of making the troll stump up a bond to cover potential costs before they can commence

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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Re: turbo-tastic

Damn cyclists destroying the environment....

That'll wipe the smug holier than thou attitude off their faces

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Apple patents situational awareness for oblivious fanbois

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Re: What if .......

That was Siri when she heard the word "no".

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Sorry. Knowing Apple, it will be as broad as rounded corners.

This is something that should be knocked on the head. Phones already come with GPS, microphones, camera, compass, NFC, gyroscope and on and on. If this patent goes through any software interfacing to one of these will breach the patent.

There is already a million different devices which has situational awareness

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

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Re: mute point

No Palpatine is only retiring from being Pope so he can concentrate on the Deathstar project

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Itsy-bitsy Wi-Fi brings pay-by-bonk to all

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Re: "it lacks the secure element..."

"Without the security who is going to trust their money to the system. All you need is a stronger wifi transmitter secreted somewhere"

Simple. You transmit a single use password with the payment

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It begins: Six-strikes copyright smackdown starts in US

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Re: This is just ridiculous

I can see why you went AC. How many new prisons would the US needs to house the millions of criminals and at a cost of approx $150K per person per year.

Next does an IP address consitute a person? Which person should go to prison? Two years prison for the 8 year old on her Winnie the Poo laptop? Maybe her Parents should each spend a year to even it out? What is the wireless was unsecured and someone else used it from outside the house?

Your suggestion is so gobsmackingly stupid that clearly you didn't think at all before posting. You must be from a anti piracy companies because normal people are not that dumb.

Here's a suggestion to kill piracy that might actually work. Make the content cheap and easy to access. Get rid of the stupid regional restrictions and the licencing crap that prevent people from accessing legit material.

Free to air TV makes money without charging viewers. Why can't media companies? Offer two services, free with ads and premium without ads. Make it available everywhere. Make it simple to use. Get all the media companies together so the material is in one place.

Do this and piracy stops. Your stupid suggestion or this stupid six strikes solution is a total waste of time.

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Microsoft legal beagle calls for patent reform cooperation

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Re: Quite Sensible: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

"I'm not so sure about no patents on genes - in order to maintain investment into gene science and research there needs to be some reward for the companies taking the risks, but I believe patents should be limited in a similar way to pharmaceuticals - you get ~5 years to use your patents, then it gets opened up."

There is a reward for taking the risk, it's called patenting the solution. They should be able to patent a test or a drug or a treatment. They however shouldn't be able to patent the gene causing the problem and halt research on a cure to extort money.

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