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* Posts by xpusostomos

49 posts • joined 12 Dec 2012

Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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No Mac

You won't get the 3TB macbook because they went to all SSD solid state.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Closing the stable door....

Does the expression "closing the stable door after the horse has bolted" mean anything to ya, NSA?

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Six nations ask Google for answers on Glass privacy

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OMG

OMG, The only difference between Glass and thousands of other devices on the market, is that Glass has some plasic rods allowing you to hang it off your ears.

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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

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Re: Shrobbery

Yeah, it's not paranoia when they really are after you, and arrive on your doorstep in helicopters in the middle of the night to take you away.

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REVEALED: The gizmo leaker Snowden used to smuggle out NSA files

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Re: Root password, sure, but why wasn't the data encrypted?

They are using Windows so that the NSA can break into its secret backdoors. [ chuckle ].

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

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OMG

So C++ is actually 2 turing complete languages: the language itself, and the template system.

When will everyone just use lisp and be done with it?

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NSA: We COULD track you by your phone ... if we WANTED to

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Yeah right

Even if they can't be bothered, how long can it be before they CAN be bothered? There is nothing stopping them, ergo, its merely a matter of when, not whether.

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

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Re: another one bites the dust

You forgot the part where Oracle eventually has to purchase MariaDB, rinse, repeat, start again.

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

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Hurrumph

I thought the outcome is, Novell won proving they own UNIX. That Linux actually doesn't contain any UNIX. (not to mention Oracle lost recently in the claim that APIs are copyrightable, which was SCO's only hope in the first place). This is deader than the deadest dead dog.

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

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Balmer

Ask Balmer what to call it. I reckon he ingests an awful lot more pot than any of us, judging by his behavior.

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Optus: Australian telcos are RUBBISH

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Bravo for recognising a massive moral failing. Now where is the solution??

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Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?

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Yeah it's inconsistent, but I can't for the life of me see what difference it makes. The issue at stake is whether the price is (a) unfair to Australian consumers or (b) involves a wholesale transfer pricing that is unfair to the Australian tax office. Whether the price is set in Australia, Cupertino, Ireland or Timbuktoo hardly matters.

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WikiLeaks party flirts with Oz law by taking Bitcoin gifts

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Yeah but...

OK, so they should report who made the donation. But Bitcoin makes it easy to donate bitcoins anonymously. So how would they report on information they don't know about?

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Trousered

They trousered $74bn? That's one big pair of trousers.

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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

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Re: Mr C

There are ways to encrypt stuff so that you can plausibly deny you have the ability to decrypt it any more.

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Re: Every call you make with Skype gets copied to MS servers

They obviously store IMs, because the back history is there forever, until you delete it. Which is a useful feature.

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Budget could mean more paperwork for contractors

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Re: Are you sure???

Companies with yearly tax over about $30,000 already have to pay monthly, so not sure what you're on about.

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Cat ladies turned brand-squatters poke fun at religious right

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Erk

Unless you are coca-cola, not much point grabbing every possible domain. There are far too many, and ICANN is planning a whole lot more.

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TomTom brandishes new strap-on in Amsterdam: The wristnav

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Except...

Good product until next month when Apple takes away their business with an iWatch.

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Java 8 release date slips again, now planned for 2014

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Re: A struggling platform

It's not anything like Windows 8. Win 8 being a consumer platform (primarily), time to market is critical to get consumers interested. Java 8 holds nothing interesting for consumers. It's interesting for developers, who are hardly going to jump ship to something else because of a delay.

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Tech is the biggest problem facing archiving

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Yeah but...

Surely the frantic evolution in technology will slow down and stop sooner rather than later. As long as it is evolving, those upgrades bring benefits of much more data per tape, which presumably is worth the upgrade. But this can't go on forever. Will there really be 20 more generations of tape? Will there even be tape in 20 years? Who knows.

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

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Re: hmmmmmmmm

Yeah, maybe that graphic designer HAS to charge more because people like Adobe are bloating out their input costs, and if the good 'ol USA stopped ripping us off, the designer could charge less and the whole economy becomes more efficient.

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Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee

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Better to...

I would have thought the better solution would be to charge $10 for advice than to charge $5 just to browse.

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Lightspeed variable say intellectuels français

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Re: Answer: Almost 3 hundred thousand km/sec

I thought the point of the story is that there is no proper vacuum.

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West Virginia seeks Google Glass driving ban

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Ground control calling

Ground control calling the 20th century... people have been using GPS units for a long long time. And who is to say that Google Glass isn't a safer way to access GPS than something stuck to your windscreen? Certainly not this lunatic idiot politician who by his own admission never used Google glass. So because someone COULD watch a cat video, we are going to ban a technology that might actually IMPROVE safety? What a clown.

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Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy

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There is more hard fighting being done over the #3 spot than there is for the #1 spot. I'm not seeing Sony as the ones with a hope of getting #3 anytime soon. In fact, I'm struggling to see them impacting at all.

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Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer

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Don't be silly

lightning is WAY better than micro-USB. A good connector OUGHT to be tight. And because of the nature of the uses put to it, often is the main thing holding devices into their cradles. And it works both orientations. Micro USB is extremely fiddly, hard to slot in, and has no holding power. As for speed, lightning is basically USB, so no pros or cons as far as that. Probably lightning will become USB3 at some point.

Yeah, micro-USB is a standard, it has that advantage. But even ignoring Apple's desire to keep it proprietary, its a way better connector for the situation.

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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Re: Gates quote

None of these things in your list could, nor ever had a hope of moving the MS stock price up. Sure, MS can from time to time put out solid products. That's all they are: solid, not exciting, not life changing, not enough to make the needle move. If you want to be in charge of the (formerly) world's biggest consumer software company, making a new version of SQL server that doesn't blow up, really is not good enough.

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I like their strategy

I like Ballmer's strategy. I like it a lot.

http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/06/29/iphone-turns-5-here-are-the-naysayers/

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Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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Re: Who would have thought?

You're really still enamored with a half decent desktop OS when there are fully decent options out there? Like or loath Metro, at least (finally) MS had a rethink of the vast cruft and user antogonistic interface that was Windows since the beginning.

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A new Mac Pro coming this spring? 'Mais oui!'

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Later next year?.... or Later, Next Year. ?

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Tablets BEAT DOWN laptops in 4-to-1 Xmas bloodbath - analyst

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Re: Tablets - Google, Android partners and Apple clean up. MS and Nokia lose.

FLAME... FLAME... FLAME...

Oh dammit, I guess you're right.

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Boffins propose satnav tracking for 'KILLER KOALAS'

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Re: Ony one known way

It's a good solution to the drop bear, but the land octopi then have to be rooted out with tree-dwelling platypus.

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They can't even get their story straight. The museum page says it lacks canine teeth. But that photo sure looks like canines.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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ipad

You didn't really say what you are trying to achieve, but an ipad with a bluetooth keyboard case, sounds like it fits the bill. I realise it may not, but like I said, you didn't really tell us why it might not.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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So what?

Let's say it is 3000 or 5000 turbines. So what? We aren't told why I should care about it. Is it cost? Environmental impact? Just spouting a number, by itself doesn't prove anything.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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Re: Braindead idiots trying to store their digital world on their device.

Yeah, well, when the cost of bandwidth makes it feasible, your pie in the sky theory can be reality!!!

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Megaupload outed file-sharers to Feds months before Dotcom raid

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So Dotcom complied with search warrants. Like, did he have any choice? I don't think so.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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Stupid critics

1. random() is sketchy IF YOU CAN GUESS THE STARTING SEED. But how would you be able to guess a number on someone else's computer, years after the fact?

2. I fail to see how deduplication is difficult, even accepting Mega doesn't know what the unencrypted data is. And I also fail to see how deduplication "leaks" information about the data.

3. They'll fix this. Not a biggy.

4. That's kinda the point. If Mega COULD restore your password, the critics really WOULD be up in arms!!!! Store your password somewhere else - somewhere it can be recovered if you're worried. 1Password on your iPhone perhaps? The choices are endless.

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Telstra inks 4G roaming deal for Hong Kong travelers

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Unaffordable

Unaffordable at 3G speeds. Now REALLY unaffordable at the rate you can stream 4G. Thanks Telstra.

NOT!

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ACCC spikes gadget price-fix

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Love the ACCC

Love the ACCC. It's the only arm of government that whenever I read about them I think, hey they're actually doing something, and they're doing something good.

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

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Re: It don't work that way...

You're right, but only because the government said so. Oil companies get their oil from public land, and copyright holders charge for an artificially created government monopoly. Both exist at the sufference of the community.

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Utopia

I think the writer of this article is promoting a utopia, a reality that is in defiance of reality. Copying of information is free by natural law. It is utopians who hope to defy natural law by putting a price on something which by nature is free.

Would our world come crashing down in this scenario? Well despite the internet and rampant copying, the world seems to be continuing just fine. Even the commodity which was copied most rampantly: music, seems to be continuing to be made. I didn't hear any news that the music died. And despite there being more free, out of copyright and brilliant books, not to mentioned pirated ones, I don't see anyone lamenting not enough new books being written. You can argue some masterpiece would have been writtten, but I doubt it. Creativity exists even without incentive. Even the Soviet union, lacking any meaningful incentive for anything, didn't do too badly in the area of artistic endeavor.

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

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Re: They're not free

I don't know the justification for the purchase, but it may well be as simple as costing paper printed textbooks versus costing ipad, and ipad wins. Just because some crap Android tablet might be cheaper, and may have other features, doesn't mean its actually a viable solution. This hacker is just a fanboi who doesn't understand, probably.

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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What's the problem?

He got the job done, and he took the pay on offer to get it done. Who cares how he got it done?

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Nokia decrypts browser traffic, assures public not to worry

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Not reall

I'm guessing the traffic is still encrypted, just with Nokia's key instead. Not good enough I know, but probably still unbreakable in the middle. Breakable if the authorities get a warrant for Nokia's servers though.

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

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Nope, not close

A GPS that relies on 3G coverage like Apple maps should not be relied on in the outback!! At least have a GPS with built-in maps.

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Kim Dotcom shows off new mega service

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Re: @Invidious Aardvark

It doesn't have to be plainsailing for everyone, only for mega that counts.

While nobody can know what the law ends up saying, your argument is just as strong against something like Google, who must be aware that a lot of the stuff they link to or even host must be copyright. Sure they take the stuff down when they find out about it, but so will mega.

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You can still do that, you just post the key on the end of the URL, probably. mega.com/foobar?mykey=baz

The point is, mega now have plausible deniability. They don't know the URL that can access the data, only you do and whoever you give the URL to. If you post it publicly, sure the feds can chase it, but they can't blame mega, because they never knew anything.

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