* Posts by Magani

696 posts • joined 29 Sep 2008

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

Magani
Happy

Re: LG smart kitchen

No, but at least their line of tatt is polite, because it says 'Thin Q". Must be coded by a Kiwi or Sarth Efriken, Innit?

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Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

Magani
Unhappy

There's a worse place?

And here's me thinking Oz's broadband situation was a load of rancid dingo's kidneys.

It seems there's always someone worse off than you.

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Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

Magani
Happy

Dept of Corrections and Clarifications

Our previous statement:

"We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centers."

should have read

"We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more difficult for users to fully appreciate what we're doing with your location data across our platforms and help centers."

We apologize for any confusion that may have occured.

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Australia's Snooper's Charter: Experts react, and it ain't pretty

Magani
Unhappy

Dr Vanessa Teague of Melbourne University: “Most of the firm guarantees and comforting protections described in the explanatory memorandum do not actually appear in the bill, or appear only in a weakened, ambiguous or limited form,”

In other words, it's going to provide the ability for agencies and others to embark on data fishing expeditions that will make Moby Dick look like Nemo.

I wonder if Prince Leonard of Hutt has any IT vacancies going...

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Google takes revenge

Google has been bombarding me with ads for Russian mail order brides.

Google has ads? Really?? I wonder if the little ABP icon at the top of my browser is the reason I don't get them...

Seriously, I get a bit cheesed off with Big G asking me to 'help' with a particular company when I use 'OK Google, Navigate to Madam Lash's House of Fun' on my phone.

A week or so ago (without asking for navigation on my phone) I visited a jewellery that was adjacent to a Thai Restaurant. Google wanted my ideas on the restaurant after I left the jeweler's.

Methinks turning off data and GPS may be the only way to circumvent this?

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Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption

Magani
Unhappy

Once again...

...the present incumbents on the hill in Canberra prove that they have NFI about a whole host of topics. The sad part is that the opposition is much the same. Dumb and dumber.

I love a sunburnt country, but they're making it bloody difficult.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

Magani
Windows

An open invitation to more unwanted scam phone calls

Good Morning. I am calling you from Halifax Technical Department. We have noticed a problem with your internet connection. Please download the following software so we can help you.

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

Magani
Happy

Re: Lipstick on a pig

Wot they said above.

RSS feeds show me what I'm interested in, and fortunately I don't have to read anything on my phone when it can wait until I'm in the presence of a decent sized screen.

Ditto to the comment re 'I see you're on a mobile device so here's the mobile version...'. A pox on all their houses.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

Magani
Headmaster

Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

...misplaced apostrophe's, commas, full stop's and exclamation! marks! ...

Well plaid, but you forgot the apostrophe in "comma's".

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Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

Magani
Meh

Re: It looks like we're doing something. Doesn't it?

Stop blaming the 400k residents of the city of Canberra for the decisions made by those 222 non-residents.

While I appreciate your going to bat for the good citizens of Canberra, pollies don't make decisions on their own. They are aided and abetted by the public service which, according to the ABC last year, comprises 32% of the ACT's total workforce. Consequently, I'm only blaming around 128K of the residents of Canberra.

Seriously, I like the place and used to live there.

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Magani
Unhappy

It looks like we're doing something. Doesn't it?

More governmental band-aiding without any suggestion of making MyHealth more secure. Next up will be the claim that the current system hasn't been breached. It's easy to say that a system is secure because it is until it isn't, if you see what I mean.

Sorry, Canberra, but with the current players in the game, I have no warm and/or fuzzy feelings about this at all. A warrant from a beak will not worry those with evil or dubious fiscal intent, (or just plain ineptitude) one little bit.

Those wishing to opt out, please form an orderly queue behind me...

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nbn™ ponders a gamers' gate to throttle heavy wireless users

Magani
WTF?

Huh?

Colour me ill-advised here, but why is the nbn™ worried about what end users do? I have been told that nbn™ doesn't talk to end users; isn't that the job of the telcos providing the service (Optus, V/phone, etc)

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Australia’s SigInt spooks may be turned inwards after all

Magani
Big Brother

@FozzyBear

I am seriously concerned about what are his real plans.

You and me both. If you take a look at what assets the newish Dept of Home Affairs (and hence Dutton) have under their mandate, a view could be formed that he was engaged in a spot of empire building that would make Caesar jealous.

I'm also thinking of the deviousness of the character who uttered the immortal words:-

You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment...

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Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

Magani
Headmaster

Her Maj's English

A week or so ago I came across a West-Pondian TV programme that referred to Her Britannic Majesty as having been "coronated". It took a while for the penny to drop and then I realised they really meant 'crowned'.

The site where I looked up this travesty also had a pop-up window with the delightfully ironic title, "Words you've been using wrong".

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

Magani
Happy

Douglas may have been right

The models suggest that after nearly three million years, there's even a tiny chance it'll dive into the Sun.

So is that really Desiato Hotblack in the driver's seat? After all, the console screen does say 'Don't Panic'

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

Magani
Coat

If the authorities force its passage, will it be the Enema of the State?

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To hack Australia and learn its secrets, buy second-hand furniture

Magani
WTF?

Dept of Corrections and Clarifications

Our previous statement saying "The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has already issued a statement saying it will investigate what happened and won't comment further for now.

should have read:-

"The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is currently undertaking a rigorous search to find a suitable scapegoat at least two civil service grades below anyone who really matters.

Thank you,

Sir Humphrey

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Trans-Pacific Partnership returns, without Trump but more 'comprehensive'

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Here we go again...

And why is that a reason not to submit the deals to a bit of daylight?

Better the haggis farmer gets some forewarning that they're about to be royally screwed and have at least some chance to voice their opinion than to find out about it after it's become a fait accompli.

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Magani
Unhappy

Here we go again...

Giving a duck another name doesn't cause it to not be a duck, but at least without the comb-over elephant in the room it *might* be a good idea. However...

Once again, we look like not knowing what the deals are until after the event and that cannot be a good thing. It keeps the general public/great unwashed masses in the dark as our supposed betters make deals behind closed doors. To quote the late lamented Prof Julius Sumner-Miller, 'Why is it so?'

Attention Pollies and Canberran Public Servants: We want to know what's in the fine print BEFORE you put pen to paper because <surprise> we might not like what you're giving away in our name.

The previous TPP was going to play havoc in the Media, Pharmaceutical and other industries. What this time?

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Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

Magani
WTF?

Secure?

Unless I've missed something here, until they change every VHF radio in every aircraft using Heathrow and surrounds, they still have to broadcast on a nominally open frequency between 108 and 137MHz. The use of these frequencies is subject to ICAO regulation and (AFAIK) is never encrypted.

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Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

Magani
Thumb Down

Right adjective; wrong noun

What a shithole country!

No, just a shithole government.

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Facebook flashes ramped-up face-recog tech. Try not to freak out

Magani
Thumb Up

Re: "...or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it"

The only folks allowed to use the term should be the Four Tops.

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The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion

Magani
Stop

Re: Lands of rotten roads and slow connections setting the agenda

"Services for lands of slow connections and rotten roads..."

Sounds remarkably like Australia.

The icon will be familiar to those who drive north of Bris-Vegas on National Hwy 1.

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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

Magani
Unhappy

Talk about it?

In my albeit limited experience, those who talk about suicide rarely carry it out to its ultimate end (more a cry for help) while those who do carry it out rarely talk about it beforehand.

FB, you're enough to drive a person over the edge.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

Magani
WTF?

Re: 30 per cent faster

Much the same result here and with only a few tabs open I'm seeing ~400MB of memory use against lots more for the previous version.

I (currently) only have three gripes:

1 NoScript has been consigned to the 'legacy' bin (doubtless its devs will be on the ball), but more cheesed off over:

2 The fact that I was going to upgrade one of my less essential PCs to check it out until it settled down and had no unintended side effects, but have found that ALL my PCs have been upgraded without my agreement.

Excuse me, Mozilla, but I take offence at your belief that I wish to participate in an unmarked beta test.

3 We now have square edges instead of round edges for the tabs. What was wrong with round edges? Does Apple know about this?

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

Magani
FAIL

Tools make tool

The boffins say they intend to implement DeepService as a tool to help companies or governments "to identify their customers more accurately in the real life."

So, not a chance in hell of a misidentification here. What could possibly go wrong?

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

Magani
WTF?

Re: MUCH less of a problem on airplanes

@DougS

Heck, there is no air traffic control over the oceans,...

In that case, I spent 3 years of my air traffic control career being paid to do nothing. I wonder what the Oceanic rating in my ATC licence was good for?

I suggest you look up Shanwick or Nadi or AirServices Australia and Oceanic control for a fuller version of ATC over the oceans.

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Magani
Headmaster

Re: MUCH less of a problem on airplanes

@DougS

There isn't anything to hit up in the sky, and if there is it is seen with radar from miles away giving the pilot far more time to react..."

If there wasn't anything to hit up there, there'd be no need for Air Traffic Control. Trust me, there's a lot to hit, but because of the speeds, it's all seems far apart until it gets VERY close very quickly. Also, aircraft radar is only interested in weather, not looking for other aircraft. That's the job of TCAS (Traffic Collision and Avoidance System).

I do, however, agree WRT the split second your average car driver has to recognise a developing emergency on the road ahead. Some unfortunately, never get time to react.

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

Magani
Headmaster

Re: toys out of pram?

Pedant Alert!

Even naming the cup after America ...

It's named after the schooner that won the first race, not the country.

However, I agree with your title. Really sounds like Larry's taking his bat and his ball and going home to sulk.

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

Magani
Happy

Too many words?

...just because Donald Trump is mad at the news.

I think you'll find the last three words in your headline are superfluous.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

Magani
Unhappy

Laws and their observance

All concerned are therefore reminding Canuck drone operators of their obligations to fly ...

Regrettably, these rules seem only to be observed by those who aren't morons and/or under the influence of the grape or weed and/or preface the flying of their drone by saying "Hey, Watch This!!"

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

Magani
Pint

Location, Location, Location...

... so the Feds can make sure national boundaries are being respected...

Whose national boundaries? Are they concerned that someone in the US of A is being targeted and want to stop it, or are they really worried about the national boundaries of Burkino Faso or one of the 'stans, or the two largest countries in Asia?

I'll bet a dead dingo's donger that the Feds are only concerned about one nation's boundaries.

(No icon for a DDD, so have a beer instead.)

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Australia approves national database of everyone's mugshots

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Clearly essential...

@Ledswinger

Are there any sane politicians out there,...

Quick answer: NO

Long Answer: Bl**dy hell, no

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Magani
Mushroom

What could possibly go wrong?

I despair for this country; I really do.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull hints at surveillance expansion

Magani
WTF?

Mission creep?

What mission creep??

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

Magani
Happy

Art imitates life imitates art imitates .....

Rob Sitch's show 'Utopia' is once again shown to be a documentary.

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Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

Magani
Mushroom

What a pack of mendacious mendicants (personal opinion)

"As you may have noticed we are testing a Monero javascript miner,"

Isn't it strange that no announcement was made BEFORE the "test", but only after the mushroom-shaped cloud erupted (see icon) from the user base?

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Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

Magani
Megaphone

Evidence?

Could this be the first real evidence of a planet visited by Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area?

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

Magani
Black Helicopters

A picture is worth at least one word

It's in the header photo. The word is 'Army'. As anyone in the RAF/RAAF/RCAF/RNZAF (if there still is one)/etc, will tell you:-

"If God had wanted the Army to fly, He would have painted the sky BROWN".

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

Magani
Headmaster

Verbification

"That waste feedbacks on the state of the planet."

Adam Frank, coauthor of the paper and a professor of physics.

And presumably not a professor of English.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

Magani
Unhappy

"Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook"

One of today's more depressing headlines.

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

Magani
Happy

Re: Unfortunately...

Shirley, there's got to be a nerdette out there who digs this stuff?

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A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A

Magani
Unhappy

Censorship

Is and always has been double-plus ungood.

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nbn™ cracks the $1bn revenue barrier, cracks whip on tardy retailers

Magani
Megaphone

Be like Lionel Blair and Give Us A Clue

"...he said nbn™ has collected statistics that tell it which are problem children."

My guess is a 2 syllable name starting with either 'O' or 'T'.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

Magani
Black Helicopters

@ST - Re: I don't use a cell phone to pay so...

If you use NoScript (and Ghostery??), you can selectively see, and subsequently block, all the hangers-on who follow your progress through Interweb-land. Even our illustrious Vulture Central uses google-analytics.com and I block it everywhere.

Someone has to use the black helicopter...

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

Magani
Black Helicopters

What's in a phrase...

"Evaluated intelligence indicates..."

That seems like shorthand for "Fred in the back room has had a good idea...".

Where's the proof that there were ever going to be exploding laptops? It seems to have magically gone back into the fairy dust / rocking horse excrement that it always was. I'm also glad to see the UK's 'Me too' knee-jerk reaction has quietened down.

While the US isn't going to be on my 'must visit' list any time soon, I think I feel a lot safer without all the Li Ion batteries quietly warming up in the hold, away from any method of being extinguished short of arriving, along with the fireball remains of the aircraft, at high speed into the Atlantic from about 38,000ft.

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Oz government wants its own definition of what 'backdoor' means

Magani
Happy

Semantics?

When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.

Humpty Dumpty,

Parliament House,

Canberra, ACT

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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

Magani
Unhappy

Great potential here...

...to create The Donald's 'Fake News' automagically.

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Queensland Police want access to locked devices

Magani
Unhappy

'Don't You Worry About That'

Joh Bjelke-Petersen is cheering from beyond the grave.

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

Magani
Unhappy

Re: It's not all "cyber"

Despite all the much-trumpeted built-in redundancies, experience has shown that all it will take is a hung over JCB | Back-hoe | Ditch Digger driver to turn it all to rancid dingo kidneys.

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