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India second only to US in Google user data requests

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As such, it’s perhaps not surprising that India ranked so high up in the report

Or, perhaps it is because there are a lot more people in India than in the USA. On a per capita basis, India would be way down the list.

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iiNet to Senate committee: metadata retention an expensive joke

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Re: $60M for a 20TB data centre?

It may seem high, but, if they are trying to pitch to a Senate committee that's it a bad idea - expensive, impractical, an unwarranted intrusion into privacy and an undue burden on business, I would expect iiNet to include all the potential direct and indirect costs in their estimate. I certainly wouldn't expect them to say "no problem - it'll cost $1,000 and we could have it running in a week".

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NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

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An easier solution ...

I've taken to carrying my MyWay* card in the same holder as my workplace ID card - attached to the lanyard and much easier than reaching in my pocket for the mobile every time I get on or off a bus. Although, I can't really see the point of the government selling them, because most mobe cases have some form of card holder anyway.

*Canberra equivalent, used on the buses and presumably will work for the trams once we get them.

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Revealed: What the US taxman really thinks of crypto-cash Bitcoin

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Interesting that they have included any Bitcoin obtained from mining as assessable business income. From a compliance point of view, one would assume that they have some means of identifying who has mined any coins and whether they are subject to US tax jurisdiction. Or perhaps not, maybe they are just hoping miners will comply.

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EXPOSED: bizarre quantum sibling LOVE TRIANGLE

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Re: I read that as the Univesity of Woolloomooloo

No, it's the University of Waterloo ....

famous for the toilet-wall graffito "this is where Napoleon pulled his bone apart".

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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Can't see why "Chinese" would be banned ...

Would they have to refer to "those-who-must-not-be-named, you know, people from that big country down south"?

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Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

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Is she saying that a cult built around a dead man can never succeed?

Let me think ...

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Re: Perfect time for owners of an exchange to scam their customers

Alternatively, it could be a third party who wants to exert some control over the Bitcoin exchange market. Driving smaller and/or vulnerable players out of the market, then setting up your own exchange in opposition (with the backing of the stolen BC), could that be a possibility?

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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@silent_count

It would be even funnier if Apple tried to sue someone and the court decided that it had no jurisdiction, because Apple doesn't pay taxes. Sadly, that's never going to happen.

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Asian messaging companies are closing in on WhatsApp

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Re: Did WeChat copy Line?

WeiXin predates Line, so I presume the answer is "No". Do I win a prize?

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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> HTML is a sexually-transmitted disease

I know. I always practice safe editing and protect myself with WCAG.

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

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It's a long story ...

I don't believe the NBN alone would be enough for me to change my vote.

There are many significant issues that have driven my metamorphosis from a "right wing" voter to my current stance (and that would include a general lack of vision for the economic and social development of Australia). The NBN may be one of the issues, but not decisive in itself.

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

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Re: Couldn't agree more

I certainly don't regard QANTAS as the worst airline I've flown with ... that award would go to the (now defunct) Olympic Airways. QANTAS are by no means the best, but they're not the worst either, and I have not had any truly horrendous experiences with them.

As to the budget airlines, it's not always a real economy - the last trip I booked to Jakarta, after taking into account the potential charges for food, luggage, seat allocation, etc, etc, the QANTAS fare in fact came in cheaper (as well as avoiding a lengthy layover in KL).

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Re: Balancing Imbalance

Ah, Queensland .... beautiful one day, fatal the next :-)

That said, 2 hours doesn't seem a very long time for a mud wasp to locate a site and build a nest (even though they are very quick). Are they completely sure the plane hadn't been left standing somwhere previously with the probe uncovered, but no-one had (ahem) noticed that it wasn't working?

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

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Operation Sovereign Website

This is easily fixed ... put some ADFA cadet in charge of the website, then refuse to publish any information on the grounds it would compromise military operations.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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Being assaulted is always a bad experience, regardless of whether you are badly injured or not. But, maybe she is taking the wrong message from this incident. If you are going out to places where there is a risk of assault (and these days that can be pretty much anywhere, you don't just have to walk down dark alleys), you need to keep alert to what is going on around you* to try and avoid bad situations as far as possible. I don't believe wearing your Google glasses "all the time" is going to help your situational awareness..

*Yes, I know that's no guarantee, there are people who will king-hit you from behind without warning..

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50,000 women knocked up by big data, wearable tech, crowds and cloud

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Wham! Bam!

"They've done so, the company says, three times faster than those who use other methods"

IOW, it's taking only 1 minute, instead of 3?

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Australian car-share biz GoGet working on autonomous vehicle

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Love to see how this develops.

Although, the cynic in me would say that Sydney has had self-driving cars for years ... you know, the ones that get to Casula, engage cruise control and turn their brains off until they reach Cooma (though to be fair, Canberra's not immune from that either).

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1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

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Re: Selfies

Indeed yes. Although extending internet access to everyone may be a laudable aim, I can't help feeling that making money out of people who are surviving on a couple of dollars a day may be harder than MZ is anticipating. That's if they even have access to a computer (and reliable electricity).

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Meh

Julian who?

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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I don't understand why the wheels would sustain less damage when moving in reverse. Can anyone suggest reasons?

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Just like Elvis, dead Steve Jobs to appear all over America in 2015

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The difference being ...

Elvis Presley is alive and well and working as a news reporter for Indonesian state TV. I've seen him.

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Without a smartphone your reptile brain gets a workout

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Crotchety old bastardry aside ...

This is really a valuable exercise, and everyone should try this sort of thing occasionally. Especially for those of us over a "certain age" (meaning me, not Simon), a bit of mental exercise becomes important to prevent the grey matter from seizing up completely.

I keep an old Nokia in my desk, so I can revert to this for a week occasionally - as well as deliberately dispensing with other technologies from time to time.

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Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

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Holmes

A group of hackers who knew exactly when the site would be under maintenance and the funds vulnerable?

If I were a copper, I think I'd start by questioning the staff.

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FIGHT! Semiconductor heavyweights debate government's role, gloves come off

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Re: What about the Americans who need jobs?

@Hud Dunlap

Yeah ... send the wretched refuse back to their teeming shore.

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

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To summarise ....

Looking at the graphs presented, I think my interpretation would be "nice guys don't post on online forums".

Oh....

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iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

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Better infrastructure?

"The infrastructure is known to be better in the Jakarta region than in other parts of Indonesia, which is likely to have been a key factor in Foxconn's decision."

I confess my mind boggled slightly at that statement ... admittedly Jakarta has more infrastructure than many parts of Indonesia, but as to the usability ... the road system can be jammed solid for large parts of the day, and that's when it isn't flooded. Indeed, it's almost possible to drive the 100km from Solo to Semarang in the same time it takes to get from central Jakarta to the airport.

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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Re: Taraniis may concern

Taranis = Celtic God of Thunder

The photo makes that reference pretty clear ... it would have almost been made for a painting by J.M.W. Turner.

As to the length of time it took to get the news out ... maybe they couldn't get an internet connection and had to take the news to Adelaide by runner? </joke>

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Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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Ne dérangez pas le chat qui dort, s’il vous plait. J’ai d’autres chats à fouetter.

(Interestingly, while Bing sort of manages to translate the first part, it totally misses the second. Google is the reverse).

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How bad WAS the parking situation in Middelfart* in 2013?

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Re: Middelfart

May I contribute to the degradation of Jude's Friday productivity with Wangqing and Fuxing ... both towns in Jilin Province?

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Maybe, just maybe, a bit of pre-game sledging will do Satya no harm at all.

Continuing the cricket analogy, will he pull a performance like the 1981 Headingley test, dragging victory from the quicksand of defeat? I will wait and see.

Oh and BTW, Simon, we had something of a discussion about the Sachin Tendulkar thing yesterday at work, with the result being not quite as clear-cut as may have been expected. At the risk of being consigned to the outer darkness, and of course forever banned from the subcontinent, can I continue this in the forums? It being Friday and all :)

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Indian press focuses on Satya Nadella's love of cricket

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"India's greatest player, Sachin Tendulkar"

Now, there's a way to start an argument! How about Sunil Gavaskar? Rahul Dravid? Or the bowling of Bishen Bedi or Kapil Dev? the Nawab of Pataudi for creating India as a competitive test nation? (yes, I'm really that old!).

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Apple's nonexistent iWatch to bag $17.5 BEEELION in first year alone – analyst

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Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!

"It's getting rare to see a guy wearing a watch ..."

Maybe so, but it is quite common to see women wearing watches, and often worn as a co-ordinated accessory. So maybe Apple have in fact done a bit of homework on this one.

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Dejected NFL fans seek smut after Super Bowl blowout

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Thanks for that.

Now, please can we have an analysis of UK porn traffic from 21 November to 2 February?

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Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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"based on the fact that you just threw your iPhone off a cliff, it appears you may be somewhat irritable this morning"

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Guilty, I'm afraid

@Taylor 1

I finally succumbed after SWMBO's Siemens A55 gave up the ghost recently (we both bought Android smartphones).

My wife is finding a couple of advantages - first off, the ability to increase the font size in messages, but also (given she tends to type messages in a mix of English and Indonesian), it's much easier to use the smartphone touch-keyboard than trying to use the phone keypad with T9 switched off

But, in general, understand the sentiment, so no downvote!

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

Perhaps somebody should have briefed the operations manager (preferably without calling him an idiot).

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has anyone else noted

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Re: has anyone else noted

I've noticed Abbott putting the boot into the ABC, refugees, union members, dole bludgers, climate scientists, teachers - basically anyone who can't hit back - but I can't say I've noticed Snowden in particular.

But you're spot on about the security vetting - my son seems to be perpetually filling in paperwork for some form of security clearance.

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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Won't somebody please think of the children ...

"don't let the braindead plebs distract you with all the camera talk...."

I suspect a lot of the "camera talk" may also have to do with security and privacy issues about people being able to film hands-free without anyone else being aware.

In my workplace, there are quite strict (legislated) secrecy provisions, so it probably wouldn't be acceptable to have someone wandering around with a device that could film screens and/or documents without anyone knowing. And I'm sure we wouldn't be unique in having these concerns.

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Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

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Aaaaaaaargh!

Don't worry, Simon ... even if they restore the redirect, it still won't be useable!

Because you can now only log in to Medicare using your MyGov ID (which is a completely-impossible-to-remember-random-sequence), then link this to your Medicare account. Unfortunately, having just tried this, the Medicare site won't accept your password as valid; and using the link to reset your password won't work either, because the email with the password will be sent off into the ether somewhere (it's neither in the inbox nor the spam filter).

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King Kong's dangling cluster cut loose

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Re: I'm wondering .....

One would hope it would cost a bit less to maintain and run than actually sourcing a brand new one. Still, as my grandma used to say, "don't look a gift horse in the mouth".

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Spanish cops tweet handy dope-smuggling advice

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Re: Gib!

"... it makes them a waste of space as far as work is concerned"

An unkind person might say, that is nothing to do with marijuana ...

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Anonymous: Sign this petition or we'll … get mad about the media?

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Careful ...

Once the Queensland Government declares "Anonymous" to be an illegal bikie gang, they'll all be getting their mandatory jail terms.

Not sure why anyone would be taking up Schapelle's cause now - she's already served most of her time, and if no-one irritates the Indonesians too much, she could be out again fairly soon.

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'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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“That said, we've always been very lucky with power around this area … it might be because of our proximity to [Melbourne] hospitals.”

Maybe - but since the hospitals have their own backup generators in case of power cuts, it wouldn't be sensible to rely on proximity and 'luck'.

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

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Re: ...and what's even worse!

You have a pool !!! ... bloody luxury!

We had to make do with making sweat angels on the floor ....

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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Re: Next time ...

Here (In Australia) at least, "obstructed vision" applies to anything that gets in the way or can distract you, including GPS, things dangling from your rearview mirror, etc, etc.

If a cop is grumpy and you give a bit of lip, you can get a ticket for a dangling rosary. I'm sure some cops would be quite happy to test out whether the side-bar of a google glass would be a large enough obstruction to your peripheral vision to justify a ticket.

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Next time ...

Maybe the cops will be waiting outside with a ticket for "driving with obstructed vision".

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E-tagged insects a buzz for research

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Re: Phase IV

Unless you find that all the tags are in a pile under the tree where the bee-eater is nesting. Would still mess up the experiment though!

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Tizen: We have ignition! Smartmobes will come to fruition in spring - reports

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Will it arrive ...

... when the robins are nesting?

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Chocolate Factory plans Oz Loon trials: reports

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The phrase "roaring forties" somehow springs to mind here ... though, I suppose if you can control a weather ballon over Tasmania, you can do it anywhere.

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