* Posts by Neoc

1472 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008

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

Neoc

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

Neoc

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

Neoc

"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

Neoc

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

Neoc

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'

Neoc

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

Neoc

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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"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

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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

Neoc

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

Neoc

"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

Neoc

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

Neoc

Re: I got caught by a detector van

@MA101: Ministry of Housinge

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FAA powers up an invisible hand, groping the skies for rule-busting biz drones

Neoc

@moiety: it's 400ft from the ground or 400ft from the top of the building.

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Snakes on the phone!

Neoc

"Snakes on a back-plane"

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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

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Agree with most commentards

The proper filter should have been "must be sold as, or able to scale to, between 100TB and 500TB". As a mid-range business, if I am looking for a solution between those numbers, I do not care if their base storage is between these two numbers, if they have to scale up to meet these numbers, or if they can scale even further - the question is can they meet my storage requirements?

Excluding them because it's possible to upgrade storage is ludicrous.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

Neoc

Usual Microsoft behaviour

Take a well known item non-microsoft (curl, wget, kerberos), make it available in windows, change it so the window version is not compliant with the non-microsoft version, refuse to make windows version compliant because "it might break out shit", push windows version of said item, call non-microsoft version "broken" because it doesn't play well with windows' version.

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Google cloud in five-hour unplanned cloud outage

Neoc

Acronym fail?

"...Partial Inability To Support Optimal Performance (PITSTOP)..."

Surely that's PITSOP. Unless you mean "Partial Inability To Support Typical Oustanding Performance"

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Scared of mobile banking

Neoc

I've actually had the reverse problem: my bank's App would not install because my phone was rooted and thus a "security risk". I pointed out to them (forcefully) that rooting was also done by people who wanted better control over their phone. Next update, the app simply warned the user about the rooting and would install after the user confirmed knowledge of the state of the phone.

Yes, there are still people who will click "OK" on everything. But honestly: if someone drove off a bridge because they ignored the great big sign saying "Bridge closed for repairs", we would consider them idiots. Why is this different with IT?

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Re: The real problem is why it's only 36%

@Sebastian:

"My next phone will be selected on the ability to control app permissions granularly"

I have one of those, and it won't help unless the App is also written to allow you to do it. Apps written using the "old" security framework bypass the granularity options on the newer phones (for "backward compatibility"). In other words, your bank's App will continue to ask for everything under the sun and refuse to work without being granted root access (argumentum ad absurdum) because they can.

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MIT's chip fires frikkin' laser at qubits

Neoc

Re: Strange days

@ecofeco: As opposed to the last 30 years...? ^_^

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'Clock Bomb Kid' family sues

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@James O'Shea

According to the article, they fled the USofA: "...out of the country..."

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China cuffs ten white-hats, nobody knows why

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<quote>...show off secure Wi-Fi services</quote>

Well there's your problem - if your service is secure the guvmint can't spy on you. Can't have that: off to prison.

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Flame Canada, flame Canada ... Botched govt payroll computers spew smoke ahead of probe

Neoc

"Launched in February after a joint development project with IBM, the Phoenix system has been beset by a number of technical issues"

Sounds a lot like the Queensland Health Payroll system debacle... also featuring IBM.

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Trollface

Fortuitous?

And at the bottom of the page, after the article:

"Sponsored: 4 reasons to use all-flash storage to consolidate cloud applications" (my emphasis)

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OneDrive go for Pokemon Go

Neoc

"The Hunt for Red October".

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Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

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Trollface

"..a [sic] even more sensitive LUX-ZEPLIN experiment."

Now *there's* an experiment just begging to crash-and-burn.

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All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

Neoc
Coat

And so,

we discover a new branch of mothematics.

Coat please!

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Re: Interesting

@ Pen-y-gors

Your brain is trying to achieve a state of understanding and non-understanding at the same time. Probably due to Quantum Weather Butterflies. Or something.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

Neoc

Re: re: Neoc: No, no, nope.

@John Sanders:

Read my post again - my biggest beef is *not* that the data is being sent out (although that's probably up there in the top 5) but that *control* over anything in y house requires outside assist... er, interference.

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Re: re: Neoc: No, no, nope.

@John Geek:

Then I'll have a VPN node set up so that I can remote-login to the "smart hub". Which I already do for my ePub collection when I need to get some more books for my Kobo.

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