* Posts by Neoc

1490 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008

Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

Neoc

Meh

Old news. I have a Galaxy S7 and it suffers from burn-in.

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

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Coat

"So now we have to go back, and to other comets"

Of course we can, we just have to comet to it.

Mine's the one with the snowballs in the pockets.

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Hewlett-Packard history lost to Santa Rosa fires

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Brings to mind...

"This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, a few others lost in the flood of 1967- Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?"

"No, a marvellous winter, we lost no end of embarrassing files."

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Australia Bureau of Statistics may wind back internet usage data collection

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Black Helicopters

Let me get this straight...

Days after the NBN comes under attack for poor performance and crappy service, the ABS announces it will cut its reports about Internet usage.

Hmmm...

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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

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Pint

Wonder if the effect could be used to recharge the base's batteries...

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Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway

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Facepalm

Wow..

Double standards, much? The US Government hits the roof when Apple refuses to do something they ask, but gets incensed when Apple complies with another Government's *local* demands (these apps were only pulled in China).

Not that I agree with ChiGov's dick move, but hey: if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to... Oh, never mind.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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And people wonder why I'm against the concept of flying cars: because the same idiot who can't be trusted to properly and lawfully fly 1Kg drone would be operating 1000Kg cars over my head.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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Double-talk

All these companies plead innocence, but it's all double-talk.

"It's not us, it's the algorithms": You wrote the suckers to make your life easier. Guess what: your algorithm = your problem.

"We don't curate the contents, therefore we're not liable for what people post": Actually, see the first quote. You wrote algorithms to boost (or reduce) the standing of posts in your media. Therefore you (the company) *are* curating your contents, deciding which ads I'll see and which news gets posted first. And so you should be held liable.

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Dot-Amazon spat latest: Brazil tells ICANN to go fsck itself, only 'govts control the internet'

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Apart from the fact that I personally think the new TLDs are a bad idea - I would personally side with Brazil on this one. "Amazon" as been a part of the lexicon describing the geographical area long before Amazon LTD even existed.

Tell you what: if ICANN is so keen on offering .amazonia to Brazil as a replacement for .amazon, why not offer .amazonltd (or .amazonco) to Bezo? See how keen he is on compromises then.

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Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

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Not quite, AS2003: 28% of Australians said they'd buy an AV, 7% (about 1/4 of the 28%) said they'd let someone else rent it.

And if no-one owns a car, then they would not be "renting" it to someone else, would they? Mind you, with no-one driving the buggers, you could never be sure of the state of the car you'd be getting into.

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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"The fact that its future existence was first revealed to media in the city of Adelaide ..."

*Adelaide*? Let me get this straight - the best place for a spaceport would be as close to the equator as possible, so NT or North QLD are prime candidates... but they announce the agency in Adelaide?

(NB for our non-Aussie friends: Adelaide is on the SOUTH side of the continent, well away from the equator).

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Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

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Funny

This sort of problem seems to be very USA-centric.

Here in Oz, we have the AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) whose sole purpose in life is to run elections (local, state or federal). And while a lot a mud has been slung at various politicians and parties for trying to rig the election (generally the old "cemetery vote" scheme), not one of them has ever been proven and NO-ONE HAS COMPLAINED ABOUT THE AEC (*). The average Australian's trust over the AEC's impartiality is rock-solid.

Which is one of the reason why there's such a brouhaha over the fact that the "Marriage Equality" question is being handled by the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics, which lost all public credibility recently) rather than the AEC.

(*) The exception is the odd political party complaining they are not on the ballot even though they never supplied the requisite number of signature. C'mon people, if the "Party party party Party" can get on the ballot, do you *really* think your inability to get on it is because the AEC "hates you"?

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Stop

Re: @Amos1

You're right, it is apocryphal.

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

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Flight Centre leaks fliers' passport details to 'potential suppliers'

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I, too, smell Human Error

I bet the "third-party provider" who was "developing products" asked for sample data and some nitwit pulled a set from the production database and did not anonymise it before handing it over.

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It's the thought that counts: Illinois emits 'no location stalking' law

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"'Geolocation information' means information that: (i) is not the contents of a communication; (ii) is generated by or derived from, in whole or in part, the operation of a mobile device, including, but not limited to, a smart phone, tablet, or laptop computer; and (iii) is sufficient to determine or infer the precise location of that device,"

So, in other words, the apps/websites/whatever will now refuse to work unless you grant them permission to track you; and even if they don't it won't matter because "see, your honour, we can only track the owner down to a five-meter radius; it's not a *precise* location at all."

<Thumps head on desk>

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

Neoc

Someone tell me...

...how the hell this will work for apartment blocks?

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It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

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Not new.

Woolworths and Coles here in Oz do both Pick-up and Home Delivery. Specify a 2-hour window on a specific day and it'll be delivered to your door. They do require someone to be there, though.

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CERN ready to test an EVEN BIGGER gun

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Re: Lineac 4 is tiny at a mere 90 metres long

@Loyal Commenter: "So, could possibly be mounted in the axis of a naval vessel, the sort with the power already in place for rail guns?"

Shades of Yamato/Argo then?

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Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

Neoc

If it's closeness to the equator they want, North Queensland was already mooted as a spaceport quite a while back (and it's closer).

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Google slaps Symantec for sloppy certs, slow show of SNAFUs

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Math error?

I may be wrong, but based on their 31-days-in-a-month calculations, should "5 months" equate to "155 days", and not "279 days" as shown in the table?

Ditto, "9 months" should be "279 days" and not "465 days" which in fact represent 15 months.

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: Meh

Downvoted you - while custom checks on the way OUT of a country occur after you've checked-in your luggage, the checks on the way IN occur after you've collected said luggage.

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AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha

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Wouldn't "mini-Chipzilla" be best renamed "Chipzuki"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrQjr6KAJvU

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Adobe's naughty Chrome telemetry code had XSS problem

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Re: Adobe was insecure? GASP!

@AnonymousCoward: "...grass is green..."

Not in Oz during the summer it ain't.

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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

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Rounded corners

@a_yank_lurker, et al

The rounded corners in questions do not refer to the physical device but rather to the icons on the screen. Later generations of Samsungs no longer have them, but the original icons used rounded corners, same as the iPhone.

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

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Re: Rogue Engineers?

Worked for VW.

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US Supreme Court to hear case that may ruin Lone Star patent trolls

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<sigh>

...and every patent troll company re-incorporates in Texas in 3... 2... 1...

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Body cams too fragile for Canadian Mounties – so they won't be used

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Re: Confused equestrian here

@Micheal Hoffman

For quite a while now the RCMP has done more than just go around the Territories while on a horse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Canadian_Mounted_Police

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Microsoft boffins think VR visions will rival drugs by 2027

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"We are seeing the beginnings of this transformation with spoken queries, especially in mobile and smart home settings"

Yes, because we need more noise pollution. So now,as well as the people who hold their phone half a foot in front of their face and shout into it (to avoid the nasty radiation frying their brains), we'll get to have people screaming loudly at their phone because it didn't understand them due to the other idiot speaking loudly to their phone (or playing loud games/music expecting other passengers to of course have the same tastes in games.music).

<sigh>

At least in the days of books/newspapers other passengers ignored you *quietly*.

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$10m of Bangladeshi SWIFT heist ended up in Filipino Casino

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And no-one mentions what will happen to the two Chinese nationals who walked in with that stolen money? Probably nothing - after all, it's bad Juju to piss off the Chinese government.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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Easiest way to check this...

Is to send a one-way gizmo out in space with said thruster attached to it and see what happens.

I said *easiest*, not *cheapest*.

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Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'

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Patch updates?

That's nice - now how about you work on not having to reboot my PC any time something changes? Someone please explain to me why an update to MS Office requires a reboot in this day and age?

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

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Re: All this

Well, the Mignonettes are...

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Re: All this

@AnonymousCoward: "although I prefer Swiss Chocolate :)"

Hush your mouth - I have Cote D'or chocolates shipped to Australia twice a year in order to get my fix. ^_^

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Neoc

"Skype refuted this claim, however, arguing that the legislation cited did not apply to it as it was a software provider, rather than a service provider."

I call bullshit - when I set up Skype a few years ago (after MS bought it out) it proved impossible to set it up without signing up to an MS account. And if I have to sign up with a central authority, it's a service.

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Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

Neoc

Are you a politician? Because you took my complaint that instead of fixing their security problem the manufacturers were pushing it on the public - and you turned it into a Big Brother rant.

Wow.

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<sigh> "we couldn't be bothered to design a car with seatbelts that work, so if you could just drive at ridiculously low speed that will fix the problem"

Tell you what, Intel - how about if IoT devices had to meet actual standards including security ones? Of course, that means making sure said standards are set by eggheads and not manufacturer representatives.

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LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

Neoc

Meh

I don't know about rattus but I'm pretty certain your average corvidae will take at most a few weeks to realise the "fence" is nothing but a light-show. And then a few hours to pass the news around.

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Musk outlines plans for Mars

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Hmmm... Isn't anyone who goes beyond the atmosphere an "astronaut", regardless of their actual occupation? ( https://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Aastronaut&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 )

As for "Mars Base Alpha", well played sir. Keep those pop-culture references coming. I only hope the lander will be called "Eagle-1". Now if you'll excuse me, I have an old British TV sci-fi series to re-watch.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi you, you're fired: Apple sacks staff secretly snapping shoppers

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Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on Outlook.com email server grief

Neoc

Welcome to the future

Where you will be running the software version they want you to run, whether you want to or need to, or in fact if it clobbers function(s) you require.

Welcome to the world of Software-as-a-service, where you've become the Beta testers by default.

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National Australia Bank starts week with TITSUP*

Neoc

Tsk, Tsk

Shouldn't that be Total Inability To Support Usual Payments?

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NBN is essential, says Essential poll, but not Turnbull's NBN

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Badly written question.

And that last question was politically loaded: they should have listed the points of both plans without mentioning which party was for which plan. Yes, I know, most of us are aware of who wants what version of the NBN - but the moment the politicos were mentioned, it would have biased the responses.

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Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam! – and! any! passing! hacker!

Neoc

The idiots at Yahoo! are correct on one fact: installing the backdoor at the behest of the NSA (or whomever) did not indeed break any laws.

Installing an *insecure* backdoor, on the other hand, may be criminally liable.

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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@Number6: You beat me to it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halt_and_Catch_Fire

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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"Heart of Gold"? Surely it should be "Wells' Revenge" or just "H.G. Wells".

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Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

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I don't get it...

Someone explain to me why ICANN hasn't been given the finger yet by the techies and a new organisation set up to bypass this shit? What is it they do that can't be done by a new setup?

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33 million CLEARTEXT creds for Russian IM site dumped by chap behind Last.FM mess

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Ah yes, the idea of password managers being the solution once again is mooted as a silver-ish bullet.

Except if you use more than one computer. Or have to use a public computer. Or in fact, any situation where the computer you use is not the only computer you shall ever use.

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St Jude sues short-selling MedSec over pacemaker 'hack' report

Neoc

Two thumbs down - which I don't mind, as I said "I may be wrong" - but no reasons given for them. <sigh>

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Neoc

I may be wrong, but isn't this also an example of "insider trading"? And isn't this frowned upon by both the stock market (if you get caught) and the Feds?

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: I got caught by a detector van

@MA101: Ministry of Housinge

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