* Posts by Magani

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Guess I got it wrong

"Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties.

Oops. Here's me thinking that it was Apple that was the one who used "exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties". How silly of me.

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Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

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Ironic...

...that the person who wants to share everyone else's details, wants total privacy for himself, and will use whatever $$$ clout he can to purchase it.

I love Kauai and its very laid-back atmosphere. I hope the Hawaiians give him the middle finger.

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Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans

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Got a correct acronym for once

...analyse the data in a Secure Unified Research Environment.

Otherwise known as 'SURE'.

Presumably as in "Secure Unified Research Environment - SURE it is..."

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Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

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Not My Fault...

"We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves," wrote its boss Mark Zuckerberg in November, "but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties."

I read this as "blame anyone but us if it's wrong".

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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Revised motto?

'Keep Calm and Carry Coffee' seems a little contradictory, no?

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: How much to review your spam call messages?

I'm unclear as to why caller id is a monthly recurring charge rather than a one-off payment.

The words 'ongoing' and 'revenue' come to mind...

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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Re: Fucking stupid.

Where's Deckard when you need him?

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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PR FTW!

“Volkswagen deeply regrets the behavior that gave rise to the diesel crisis,” said CEO Matthias Müller. “The agreements that we have reached with the US government reflect our determination to address misconduct that went against all of the values Volkswagen holds so dear. They are an important step forward for our company and all our employees.”

Maybe I'm getting terminally cynical but that sounds so false and hollow as to be laughable.

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Binary star bash-up should add new light to Northern Cross in 2022

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Re: Boom tomorrow

Any civilization in the neighborhood will not be amused then?

It's all OK. Ford Prefect has amended the HHGGTT entry for KIC 9832227 to 'Mostly Harmless'.

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NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

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Re: The name of the operator says it all...

Presumably there will be 22 bullet points in the fine print?

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NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

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Re: Let’s try something similar:

The policy proposes we may drive a bulldozer through your house, not will drive one through.

Arthur Dent thought he'd had that clause explained to him too, and look what happened to him.

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Australia: Stop blaming Centrelink debts on its IT systems

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It wasn't liked then... or now

"Part of the rationale for the Office of Eternal Beta... is to create a single digital identity for Australians. "

Oh, you mean like the information that was to be held on the Australia Card that was roundly thrown out about 30 years ago?

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Ransomware scum: 'I believe I'm a good fit. See attachments'

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Why Excel?

What sentient human could possibly think that any CV or job application would need a spreadsheet to get their message across?

Oh, we're talking HR here, aren't we?

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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At an ATC centre of the future...

Gatwick Approach: "Speedbird 123, traffic is 12 o'clock, 2 miles, passing FL80 on descent, squawking as an Amazon Delivery drone containing pizza, popcorn and a Windows 11 tablet addressed to a Mr A Hancock of Railway Cuttings, East Cheam. Advise traffic in sight."

Turns my penguin's blood cold just thinking about it.

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Cue retaliation...

... in 3... 2... 1...

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Huawei very happy to be on Map Of Tasmania

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Cost Trumps Security?

Huawei?? Really??

Last time I looked, ASIO's recommendation to the Oz gov't caused Huawei to be banned from bidding on gov't contracts due to security concerns.

Considering the Bureau of Met was (allegedly) hacked by Chinese sources about a year ago, what Einstein came up with the brilliant idea of getting them to supply a machine :-

which will be put to work on “urgent scientific problems in existing strengths, including climate and ocean sciences.”

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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@AC

I love the over-reaction,...

Words fail me.

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January

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From memory...

Is there any danger that they might also address the humongous memory usage associated with Firefox?

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Europe trials air-traffic-control-over-IP-and-satellite

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Re: ATCO's whim or standards?

But like any standards manual, it can be amended, revised, and edited.

Yes they can, but separation standards are just about set in stone and are not changed on a whim.

Heli icon due to no fixed-wing one.

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ATCO's whim or standards?

Air traffic controllers are therefore conservative when assigning flight paths, just to be on the safe side.

Just to set the record straight, the actual coal-face controllers are not at liberty to be conservative or lax; it is all set down in ICAO doc 4444, and/or as the Manual of Air Traffic Control, Airways Operations Instructions, MATS or whatever it's named in the country concerned, as to what separation standards between aircraft are to be used, be they vertical, lateral or longitudinal.

While we're here, my sixpenn'th worth of comment is that any ATC instruction sent via a publicly accessible system will end in tears.

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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Absolutely fabulous.... maybe?

TerraVia's algal flour is certified as "generally recognized as safe" by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Is this damming with faint praise, or does the US FDA like to hedge its bets?

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Politicians: Entities with room temperature IQs

... introduced by State Representative Bill Chumley,...

I wonder if he pronounces his name 'Chol-monde-ley'?

Remind me again where the movie 'Deliverance' was set?

Exits stage right singing ..

.'Diddle-um-dum-dum,...... Diddle-ing-ding-ding...'

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

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@Muscleguy

...they send min on jiggers...

You're a Kiwi, right? I can tell by the way you pronounced 'men'.

Now say 'Fush und chups'.

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FYI! – Your! hacked! Yahoo! account! is! worth! $0.0003!

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A 'Real' Beeeeelion?

Has anyone come up with a number that correlates to how many of those accounts are actually:-

a) Real, and/or

b) Current

I suspect that it's nowhere near the aforementioned Beeeeelion.

Enquiring penguin minds want to know.

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LinkedIn's training arm resets 55,000 members' passwords, warns 9.5m

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Corrections and Clarifications Column

Our earlier statement:-

We are informing you of this issue out of an abundance of caution.

should have read:-

We are informing you of this issue out of a desire to not be sued.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Pot, meet kettle

He [Trump] questioned why the accusations...had resurfaced with such force only after an election the Democrats lost.

Of course The Donald would never have questioned the results had he lost, would he?

Oh, wait.....

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Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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(Long) way to go, FB

In the last few days on FB (only used due to globally spread family members), I've seen:-

* Clint Eastwood's death

* Richard Branson's death (was a scam for a purported wealth creation scheme)

* A 'suggested post' about how to keep your PC safe, which was the most blatant garbage I've ever seen.

All I can say is they have a lot of work ahead of them.

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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Old quote might have made sense

If God had wanted the Army to fly,

He would have painted the sky brown.

RAF/RAAF/USAF/etc saying.

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

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What's in a word?

Volkswagen admitted to emissions 'discrepancies'...

In other words, FRAUD.

The same usage that the auditors have when finding 'discrepancies' in a bank balance.

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Dell trips over US sanctions by selling PCs to Iranian embassies

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Iran's never gone without.

You only have to watch the dhows leaving Dubai and Khasab heading north to figure that out.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Re: The new President

You beat me to it!

NEWS FLASH: For the next 4 years starting Jan 2017, White House press conferences will be replaced by 'Tweets From The Top (tm)'.

What a way to run a country.

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Remember that brightest supernova ever seen? It wasn't one

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Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away...

...someone muttered, This is not the supernova you were looking for.

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Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

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Does nobody proofread any more?

Thre ransomware ... in order to have their files decryoted.

Before the alliance formed, ransomware-wrecking was a scattered and silo-ed, but furious efforts

Come on, El Reg. Buck up or I'll have to have you decryoted.

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Japanese robot space maid will incinerate Earth's dead satellites

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Re: ton of bs (off topic)

Huh? Is it hard to find out that a U.S./Imperial ton is 2000 lbs...

Yes, it's hard to find because it's wrong. US and Imperial tons (like US and Imperial gallons) are different.

I think you'll find that an Imperial ton is 2240lbs, a short ton (US usage) is 2000lbs and a metric ton (or tonne) is 1000kgs or 2204.6lbs.

You might want to stick to marketing.

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Google found a way to go after 400 MEELLION new users this week

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Namaste, Google-Ji.

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

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Re: The real irony

People study arts/law because they're incapable of getting into engineering/science.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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Ticket scalping is not exactly new, ...

I suspect it's been going on since Biggus Dickus was scalping tickets to the Colosseum.

They're scum and should (like Ticketmaster and Ticketek) be offered up as gladiator fodder.

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Samsung share plummets – but it’s not because of the Burning Note

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Some good news?

Apple smartphone shipments fell 5 per cent year on year...

Looks like every cloud has a silver lining then.

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Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Re: The abstract says 10^13G field strength. I presume this is Gauss

... the fact you had a handy wormhole in your desk draw...

You had your wormhole draw what? Pedant minds want to know.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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Keep your guard up, people.

My copy of ABP (and NoScript) stays until webmasters stop putting in multi-tier references over which they have zero control.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Dear Santa

Please give me a log-free VPN for Christmas.

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Open sesame: Alibaba to open its first data centre in Europe

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Cloudy Security?

Pardon my suspicion here, but working on the assumption that most (all?) major Chinese corporations have significantly less than six degrees of separation with their government, what measures are being put in place to ensure that anything in the cloudy Alibaba Middle Kingdom won't immediately end up being read by someone in Beijing?

Just asking....

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Geography not a strong point?

James May of new "Amazon Original" The Grand Tour says “In December we will be launching the show globally … in over 200 countries around the world.”

Last time I looked there were only about 195 countries on the planet, so Capt Slow must have found new horizons for Amazon's Top Gear replacement.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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@ Mine's a Large One

Quite how the screen *definitely* had a green light and *definitely* had a "C:\" prompt is still a mystery 20 years later!!

Users see what they want to see. This is not necessarily related to what's actually there (or not there in your case).

Have one on me ->

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US Director of National Intelligence legs it

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Oblig Goon Show Quote

"Clapper? That name rings a bell..."

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: Revelation 22:13

100 lines if you please:-

"Your != you're"

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The only thing worse than working at CSC? An Xmas redundo programme at CSC

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WTF?

Their statement = 'BBB'

Bullsh1t Buzzword Bingo.

That is all.

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Satya Nadella hits Sydney and channels Steve O'Ballmer from eight years ago

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Missing in action?

If he's channelling Steve B, was there any sign of a Monkey Boy dance?

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Software biz boss on harassment charges represents himself, says I want a jury

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