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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Nothing works faster ...

@Big_D

You have my sympathy ... it must be damned hard to live with. ln my case, I am very fortunate that the chronic pain is my knee and ankle rather than my back: I can live with it and manage it with exercise.

Paracetamol, I have found, is completely useless for pain relief (including the special strength marketed for arthritis) - though, I sometimes use ordinary aspirin, which seems to have more effect. Also use a traditional Chinese liniment that seems to help (yes, I'm aware it may be a placebo, but it works for me).

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Nothing works faster ...

... so take nothing.

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iiNet says metadata retention means a great big tax on everything

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Meanwhile, at No. 3 Highview Crescent

Steve Kerrigan: Dad, there's a bloke here selling a data retention scheme ...

Darryl Kerrigan: How much does he want for it?

Steve Kerrigan: $60,000,000

Darryl Kerrigan: Tell him he's dreamin'

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Data retention: ASIO says Web browsing habits would need a warrant

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Irvine said a too-broad retention regime would be ruinous: “If ASIO had to pay for mass surveillance, we'd be broke in a week”

Oh, dear .....

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Supposed 'leader' of LulzSec pleads guilty to hacking, hubris

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Well, that was obviously worth all the police and court resources expended on the case. Now we can all sleep safe in our beds, happy in the knowledge that this threat to our way of life has been removed.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Re: SF (San Jose) to LA (Pasadena) nonstop??

@Jan 0

Doesn't California have laws against that sort of thing (in public at least)? Just asking, no reason ...

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Chinese biz bloke builds his OWN 3,500-mile Tesla charger network

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Re: So...

You beat me to it, Charles!

But, I think 5,000 km must be the scenic route ... Guangzhou to Beijing is only a bit more than 2,000 km and about 9 hours by train.

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Data retention saves Australia from TERROR says Labor MP

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It is unfortunate that Byrne is using this one as a stick to beat the government - for one thing, the data retention regime was the one recommendation on which the Committee was (justifiably) ambivalent, even with the proposed safeguards, compensation for costs incurred by industry, and maximum period of 2 years, etc. As well, the concentration on DR is distracting from many of the other, useful, recommendations for modernising legislation.

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Give an exoplanet a new name: Fill in this form and hope these astro-boffins pick your $input

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"... only non-offensive names will be accepted"

So, no planet Belgium ...

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Facebook Australia's 'small company' status makes it a small target

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Or maybe ...

Just possibly, this has more to do with avoiding Australian taxes. The privacy thing is just an added bonus.

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NSW government agencies bend over and take it from telcos

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Two down ... six to go

This sort of mirrors the Victorian Auditor General's report last year. With the two largest states reporting similar findings, any bets it's happening everywhere?

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NBN Co reveals THOUSAND-node FTTN trial built by Telstra

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Hamilton and Warner (assuming he means Warner's Bay?) as regional NSW ... obviously there is a different perspective from Bondi and NSW (that must stand for Newcastle, Sydney, and Wollongong) stops at the limits of the City Rail network ....

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Rejoice, Australia! SBS trials SOCCER AND SEX on ONE SCREEN tech

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Call me old-fashioned ...

but, while Mariana Rudan's on, she gets my full attention ... ogling some other woman at the same time is terribly bad form, old chap.

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A future queen, the spy chief behind the Iraq 'dodgy dossier' – and a war base rendezvous

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. .... ..--..

I feel the sub-heading was sadly lacking in wit ... unless there's a joke in there that this ignorant antipodean colonial didn't understand.

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ALP email SNAFU spaffs campaign plan to world+dog

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Devil

I can't imagine this slogan getting anywhere ... maybe it's not the real campaign plan, it was just "accidentally" sent to some journalists to put people off the scent.

Or do I just have a nasty, suspicious mind, it coming just after the NSW budget?

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: Just who is getting that money?

@Jason 7

Ooh ... details please. At that rate, my colleague and I should be getting $150k per month each.

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Unregistered car drivers rejoice! Cops kill buggy auto plate recognition

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Re: WA behind the eastern states again ?

"Australia, a country of 6 8 quasi countries."

Maybe you forgot the NT, and of course our own brave little socialist enclave, holding out against the reactionary hordes?

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Oz refugee data leak a SNAFU, says KPMG report

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"Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection needs to tighten up its publishing processes to prevent repeats of a January incident ..."

... and they needed a consultant's report to work that out?

Well, if they need an expensive consultant to advise them on procedures, I'm available!

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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An Australian response

"I would like to offer the Pyke as a unit of boffinry"

I must disagree ... the standard unit of boffinry is obviously the Kruszelnicki.

Quite apart from the Ig Nobel prize and having an asteroid named after him, Dr Karl's line in shirts clearly qualifies him for this honour.

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

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I hope this means there'll be a market for it. This could provide a handy income stream for my retirement.

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Anti-coal protestors rated top threat to Australian e-voting

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"Brightwell said iVote should never become the main method of voting in the state because this would increase the chance of detecting online ballot stuffing since scammers would need to pump a huge amount of forged votes to influence elections"

I must be misreading that ... it sounds like he wants the online ballot stuffing to be undetectable. But then again, it is New South Wales ...

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

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Re: Odd world.

Back in the good old days this kind of excuse was called "bollocks"

Which neatly paraphrases the judge's remarks in a single word, don't you think?

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Trolls and victims watch Supremes for definition of meaningless patents

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Re: Dear Reg editors:

What's wrong with SCOTUS? ... well, if I don't have my reading glasses on, I tend to read it as "scrotums" ...

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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What do I think of it?

Well, it's not illegal and, like a BMW with personalised numberplates, it enables easy identification and avoidance of a tosser with too much money ...

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Boffins claim machines now beat humans at face-matching

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Re: Better than this human, for certain

If there's a version that helps me to remember someone's name, that'd be even more useful

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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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