* Posts by Paul 129

350 posts • joined 26 Jun 2009

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

Paul 129

Re: Fantastic use of Godwins law

They get a mobile phone. Then your screwed.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

Paul 129
Happy

Re: No contest

I have no shame ;-)

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Paul 129
Terminator

Re: No contest

>> "My vote for best goes to Bab5."

>> And mine goes to Battlestar Galactica.

>>Pfft! Firefly was best

>That would be Blakes 7.

>mic drop

Sigh, I must be the only one who liked Caprica

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nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

Paul 129
Devil

Re: NBN

Brought to you by Dads Army.

- Captain Turnbull

"Brought to you", that's ironic on so many levels. If you think this would have been any better with Labor at the helm, I have some real estate that you might like to invest in.

Behind a Clusterf#ck of these proportions, you'll find politicians of all ilks, perverting the project so they can point the finger at each other.

These days, I think it's called bipartisanship?

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Canberra reviewing online Medicare lookup after data breach

Paul 129
FAIL

Oxymoron?

"Convenient and absolutely secure"

LOL

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Tape lives! The tape archive bit bucket is becoming bottomless

Paul 129
Gimp

Re: Good. Now all we need in Windows NTBackup ported to Windows 7

Unless you like to roll your own scripts using vshadow.exe (Did this for use with rsync. Yeah I'm a glutton for punishment) Microsoft still threatens to pull the VSS service, but its the only thing that lets you backup files in use, registry hives etc, ending up with a complete backup vs Documents (If your lucky)

The best option for most, is to subscribe for a license to Archronis. Uses VSS, and can provide cloud options if you want, but the local backup is the go.

(Disclaimer: I hate subscription models. I think Archronis is what ntbackup should have been, but it could be more versatile. I think its about double the price of AV but IMHO Its the only option)

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Wanna tap 3 MEELLION phone calls? All it takes is one measly warrant

Paul 129
Happy

Re: Wrong numbers

"I think I said that, didn't I? 39% is derived from a calculatiaon that doesn't mean anything in the first place"

Classic statistics. 39% of wiretaps lead convictions so they're good.

Not so good is the dollar price these actions.

Outrageous, riot inspiring, would be the number of individuals monitored

Ludicrous, the number of calls logged.

Simples

Statistics. Highlight the first, mention a few examples from the second, and bury the data from the last two under any excuse possible.

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

Paul 129
Alert

Walabys

We have problems with their smaller cousins. These stand about a meter tall wikipedia says they can travel at about 30mph which sounds close. They can jump out of the bushes and be in front of your car in less than a second. Bounding away then 180 degree jump back in front of you. And in plague numbers. You have to get a special permit to hunt them, and have a gun license also (heavily restricted).

After dark, drive with high beams as much as possible and be more wary of the edges of the road than oncoming traffic.

Hitting one will smash the plastic bumper on you car and likely will do more damage. Having said that I have seen a 60foot trailer thrown about 50cm in the air after putting a wheel over a wombat.

Scary!

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Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

Paul 129
Facepalm

We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

So I guess there is no hope for setting applications to open files based upon their extensions then?

I would like to open a .jpg with a program not defined as the default for pictures.

Win10 Losing control of your PC a slice at a time.

P.S.

I found the solution.

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/stop-photos-app-taking-over-image-file-associations/

It says goto

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc

create a string key NoOpenWith. Then reset the file associations.

Surely I can't be the only one that sees a problem with this?

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

Paul 129

Re: Police State

But still, Google and Facebook get away with it.

:-/

Not anon, cause my people shove my contact info into these damned things all the time

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

Paul 129
Devil

Devs and Access

"Rule 3 - never lets Devs have access to stuff. Like small children, they *will* break stuff.."

I cannot upvote this enough. Stupid t**ts that I had the misfortune of dealing with would have had a breakdown dealing with keeping the systems running. I want you to deploy xxxx. Ok who to, oh everyone in the organization. Ok how? Oh this installation program that I have written, you just need to install a uninstall a, then install b and c and remove b, that will leave a stable version runnig on their machines.

So... I'm not going to implement it, until I get a firm written procedure for how to deploy this. We also need to test it in a small department. I could have fixed it in a couple of hours, but this wasn't the first time I had to put up with them having no idea about dependencies, and I had wasted four or five days fixing similar messes of theirs, they were on better money too. I never got any recognition, cause little ever went wrong.

I was so happy when they chose the planning department to trial on. (This department had 'skilled' staff who like to setup their own 'uncontrolled' infrastructure) I had a good 3.5 months of peace, until guilt at all the wasted man hours finally got to me, and I sorted it that afternoon.

Then there is the always fun "Yes we do backup database transactions, here is your database backup, and here are your transaction logs, now you buggered up the database, rolled back and forth until you have a confused mess, so which transaction sets do you want to roll forward with?" - (Gives me a warm fuzzy feeling of joy remembering those looks of dawning horror)

Devs really are like small kids, they have NO idea of consequences, and will run away given a challenge.

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Self-driving car devs face 6-month backlog on vital $85,000 LIDAR kit

Paul 129
Happy

For cheap lidar in simple projects

http://hackaday.com/2017/04/20/new-part-day-very-cheap-lidar/

The comments have links to cheaper modules. If you have that interesting mapping project there are options.

6 month wait for top of the line gear..... They must be well ahead of the competition.

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

Paul 129
Flame

Re: I am really...

"If we banned political parties and only had independents, things may be a whole lot better."

NO!

They'd be different, not better. First past the post voting generates two party systems, so the polling system would need to be changed. The media tries to betray the political class as hopelessly out of touch with the real people, purely for their own agenda (ratings, attack money, personal political leanings). The good politicians don't want to be out of touch, they want to talk to everyone, and fix issues.

We NEED MORE good, listening politicians. We need to LISTEN in return.

The best way to do this is to GET INVOLVED!

Here we are farting electrons. Talking to your local rep or being at your local branch, you are being heard.

It doesn't take much.

There is no point complaining about a dead body on your front door step with no blood and a suspicious set of holes.

Talk to people, build your community and storm the castle!

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Doctor Who-inspired proxy transmogrifies politically sensitive web to avoid gov censorship

Paul 129
Angel

Re: Double edged?

For this to work you need a GOOD ISP?!?! performing a man in the middle attack.

These kids are sweet, please keep them innocent for as long as possible.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Paul 129

Re: Aussie Judges

I read the pdf there was no representation from the EFF. So yes a default judgment. Lol, too late, pointed out better in the above comment.

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

Paul 129
Happy

I missed the links!

Read the article, called shenanigans and checked the date.... Ah ha! Dropping into the comments, ID Missed the links!!!! went back, the patent one had me laughing!

Nice!

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

Paul 129
Coat

Re: Does the extra hardware weigh a lot less than the extra fuel for Falcon 9?

It sounds good, but when space X will have years of practical experience with turning around and re-certifying engines and space frames, will they be able to catch up? I wouldn't bet on it

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

Paul 129
Black Helicopters

Conspiricy theory [Joke}

I believe the Kerbals have taken over battery processing at Samsung.

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

Paul 129
Flame

Works for enterprise licenses only. So as a small business to get windows to work properly I must licence each employee for a 12 month period no matter how little they work for me. So I also need server licensing, cals and all that crap. I guess I could create special employee designations for logons rather than their names. Or I can go back to win7 and it just all works, waay faster and simpler, until I need a Kabby Lake based machine

I want to earn money, not spend all my life trying to get MY bloody computer to work properly!

I do not have a big enough business to support the headcount I would need to maintain this shit properly

Windows 10 better? Muck up a shortcut in the winX folder, or have a context menu item fail, and you loose 50% of the functionally, or just have thr black screen of #_ck off, windows automatically updating drivers and trashing machines.

And they wonder why pc sales are falling flat?

Its astounding that people will use the horrid interfaces and keyboards on tablets and smartphones. PC's have become so unproductive that no one wants to turn on the box of bugs in the corner, unless they're forced to.

Good one Microsoft!

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

Paul 129
Gimp

BSOD codes ARE useful

I guess I've fixed too many PCs.

The first number of the stop error code gives you an idea of what is going on. 7B is the classic inaccessible boot device....(device drivers for reading your c:\ drive not loaded) other numbers indicate other things. Most problems are down to drivers breaking. Third party driver updates are wonderful for this! ROFL!

Anyway most other drivers can be disabled in the registry, and marked as do not hang if it fails to load. (requires offline registry editing)

Memory dumps are also great, a if they're recored and a free pc to put all the debugging tools on

Standard disclaimer: Applicable for all versions prior to Win10.

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Latest loon for Trump's cabinet: Young-blood-loving, kidney-market advocate Jim O'Neill

Paul 129
Mushroom

Re: Free Market Protect Us

Oi! You lot!

Too many people playing the man and ignoring the solution!

"Personally I'd love to see a lot more electric cars on the road, and more nuclear plants providing energy and more money for research in to fusion. But that's because I don't think we should pollute the environment. I don't need junk science to motivate me"

Too many Greenies drive big 4WD tanks and don't give a feck about the poor, well anyone apart from themselves.

The Nanny state needs to bloody grow a pair and step in.

Tell them to take their medicine, cause everyone knows its good for them, and just move us all to nuclear.

Leave it to the Greens and Santa will drown!

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

Paul 129
Thumb Up

Nice Unboxing!!!

I normally don't enjoy your Dabbles....

This was good though!

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Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

Paul 129

The "poor motorist"

The "poor motorist" doing 5 or 6 kph over the speed limit is just as much a real criminal as these people.

Interesting, I'll challenge that assumption.

One causes an obvious body count.

The other, simply bankruptcy, destroyed businesses, loss of income to all their employees, probably suicides.

One is unintentional, the other is not.

People struggle to keep their businesses operational at the best of times. The internet has become a very hostile place, where one misconfiguration can give access, and most operators don't have our level of knowledge.

As another poster points out common sense should be applied.

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Ransomware scams cost Brits £4.5m per year

Paul 129

Re: Lies, dammed lies and ... etc

Does sound bad overblown.

Then again after helping a small business unprepared for a ransomware hit, who had a new eager employee.... It can be ugly.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

Paul 129
Joke

Re" I thought a criminal past was a pre-requisite?

You missed how much he was being paid.

$185K for being a Microsoft Integrator.....

Sounds criminal to me.

(Do you have a difficult to budge, embarrassing Microsoft stain? Try TUX Wash! Guaranteed to remove at least 95% of Redmonds in a single cycle. )

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Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions

Paul 129
Devil

RE: "I wouldn't let Telstra secure a roll of toilet paper."

Cause that's all they would sell to their wholesalers!

One used sheet at a time!

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

Paul 129
Mushroom

Wall Wart form factor

Cool!

So if I can find an enclosure that looks like a power charger, and can mangle a pi zero into it, I can own the bastard who keeps taking my phone chargers!

Thanks to USB-C being used to charge everything new, its only going to get easier.

What could go wrong?

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

Paul 129
Devil

If they win. Doesn't that mean.....

That on average men can't be expected to evaluate women fairly, in a peer review setting.

So you need to be certified unbiased for peer reviewing? Or women should only be reviewed by other women.

Expand that out into other Minorities. This could end with really perverse outcomes.

Oh hang on its the US! Their legal system always gets it right.

Never mind

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18 seconds that blacked out South Australia

Paul 129

Re: What redundancy?

The Tassy grid was recently supplemented by 200 large diesel generators because they only put down one cable to Victoria and it broke.

AND

They had run their dams down to critical levels, maximizing profit (making the most of the carbon tax whist it lasted, and letting the dams run dry), when there were signs of stress on their inter connector, cause if the rains didn't come they could rely on that (oppsie)

Some of the stuff coming out makes it look as if the SA interconnect was regularly asked to operate above designed levels. Politicians and reporters jumping in early and getting it wrong is no real surprise, and your all still doing it.

Wait for the full report, and recommendations before blowing your foot off.

Handled well by Mr Turbull? No. You expect better from a PM.

He looks plain stupid as a result.

Then again its hard not to look stupid, with todays political reporting the way it is, they love taking things out of context and trying you to fall for backing up any completely off the cuff statements.

SNAFU

The positive outcome is that NOW people may actually look at the problem, rather than playing politics.

Perhaps....

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

Paul 129
Angel

Re: Microsoft

"Maybe they've missed their true vocation all these years"

I find it oddly comforting that the company that can only get things to roughly work, is the one supporting the idea that fundamentally the universe, 'kinda works' too.

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Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

Paul 129
Coat

MS Fridge

Don't forget the upgrades that remove functionality.

Hi, your fridge has upgraded to the latest version whilst you were away.

Sorry you don't have a license for Fridge educational, Cooling has been disabled.

Fridge educational licensing is required if you want to store "MILK" in this device

It appears you have some spoiled product, ORDER REPLACEMENT*

click the * to see what has spoiled

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Air gap breached by disk drive noise

Paul 129
Devil

You would think they would notice

When their PCs start sounding like the imperial theme.

Mind you I'm always amused that the Israelis are always the ones doing the research into exfiltration.

I think they know something, that we don't.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

Paul 129
Pint

Re: I HAD Win 10...now I don't. You can't get there from here.

efibootmgr (linux) is handy. One of the hassles is the boot order gets stored in flash. With a fall back option in there. Don't be surprised if an option you put in there gets stripped if it doesn't boot

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How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

Paul 129
Boffin

Re: Detection is not a one-way street

I wonder if this slowing down of the attack will prove effective. They may be still able to purloin some sensitive information.

It may be easier to return forms uncompressed or introduce some random noise into the page. (random hidden text of varying length)

It sounds like the fix needs to be on the content creators sites, unfortunately

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

Paul 129

Don't mention the ATO

The Missus is an accountant, and somehow doesn't use expletives when mentioning the tax portal I don't know how she manages.

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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

Paul 129

Re: NSFW FACEPALM

Oh hang on blocked by the standard SMB firewall rules....Oh that old thing....

Yes it would affect a horde of home windows users.... YUK!

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL a billion times (mitigated by most firewall products) fail

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Paul 129
FAIL

NSFW FACEPALM

FAIL FAIL NTLANMANAGER FAIL OMG. I KNEW IT WAS DODGY BUT DIDNT LOOK HERE FAIL

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL A BILLION TIMES FAIL!

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

Paul 129
Mushroom

Gotta be paying off a lot of governments with data

Cortina being forced, thus bing search?

How can this survive against an antitrust investigation.

Microsoft being a serial offender in this area. The US may look the other way, but the EU? And any countries with anti monopoly laws.

Its not as if the lay person can get into a PC these days and turn off secure boot, and install something else.

Hell, there are a lot of win10 certified systems out there that you would have to go through windows10 to get to the EFI settings to then turn off secure boot.

How do you do that without having to agree to windows terms and conditions?

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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

Paul 129

Strange

I read this article and got the impression that their advocating an app, over a potentially out of band communication.

The only way that I could think that this would be safe is if the app is on a standalone device.

for example it uses wifi comms to transmit the data to the authenticating device, including amount, who the transaction is to etc, which is then displayed on the authenticator for approval, before being wrapped up and signed by the authenticator.

i.e. another device with all the foibles of a mobile phone, but is only allowed to run the one app.

I can't see that being popular.

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Paul 129

Re: Quirky McQuirkface..... Hopefully not.

Late reply as always.... Life is busy.

The TCP stack in windows has an interesting history. They built it into win 3.11 windows 3.1 did not have support, eek was that win 3 and 3.1? damn I forget. You got full support with Trumpet Winsock. Quite a good TCP layer, especially as it didn't hang up your modem on reboot (windows loved the blue screen back then)

But MS felt threatened.... and built something not as good, bundled it in.

So afterwards of course, there were artificial limitations on the number of connections you could maintain, and winsock wasn't quite the same as unix socket layer, it had its own quirks if I remember correctly.

Couldn't let their mainstream OS become a server OS, but that could be made into a sharing limitation.

and the fun moved elsewhere, DHCP and DNS quirks....

finally they let Cisco redo the ip stack in 7? was it?

MS have form, opportunity, but this time around I don't think they have the motivation, at least I sure as hell hope they don't.

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Paul 129
Devil

Quirky McQuirkface..... Hopefully not.

Embrace Extend.... Nahhhh they couldn't be that stupid! Could they?

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

Paul 129
Angel

Windows 98 SE

I thought that was one of the better ones. USB support too.

Shame it will only run in a VM, with the new win10 certified hardware.

Gotta love mandatory secure boot!

Go Win10 go!

(Please)

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

Paul 129
Angel

Re: My favorite

Was a client of mine, about four years ago now, she was completely gullible fell for it all hook line and sinker. Had them going for 4 hours.

She is a sweet old dear, 36K dialup is all the nonsense broadband she ever wants, and refuses to upgrade. Could they talk her through a net install of teamviewer.... Not a chance! XD

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Study of asexually reproducing honeybee ponders: But why the mass murder?

Paul 129
Joke

"A. m. capensis workers increase in number within a host colony, while numbers of the A. m. scutellata workers that perform foraging duties (A. m. capensis workers are greatly under-represented in the foraging force of an infected colony) dwindle, owing to competition in egg laying between A. m. capensis workers and the queen, and to the eventual death of the queen. This causes the death of the colony upon which the capensis females depended, so they will then seek out a new host colony.[6]"

Thank you Wikipedia. I guess something like an increase in, regulatory bureaucracies, results in the death of Freddy Mercury?

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

Paul 129
Coat

Gotta love the gadget market :-)

Our system is so good you'll never need anything else.

Until the use cases appear for the contrary,

and some bleepard shows of a new system that works that little better,

and we all have to show that we're building it into our new products,

and it finally gets ratified as a standard,

and then we will be saying again.

Our system is so good you'll never need anything else.

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

Paul 129
Devil

Re: dead in the water

Kinda like Trusted computing, DRM and all that. We won those battles!

Oh Wait!

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Samsung reveals Batphone!

Paul 129
Devil

Jedi mind trick

It looks like someone has told Samsung that top end smart phone market is going to be eaten by good enough cheap androids.

Marketing has really gone full on in this one.

Cool hardware, VR game and film tie in, collectors edition, style, wealth. all that missing is the beautiful babes, but that implied cause batman gets em.

Its not going to work....

I don't want....

How much does it cost?

Damn you Samsung!

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Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

Paul 129

Re: RE: julian.smith Read the post and do a google search.

Lol:

No a small business owner, who dispairs at what happens in Australian politics. Really it's worth listening to. This year the posts in the Internet are getting really feral. I simply got my hackles up at the personal attack above.

From listening over the years, the system is broken. Labour most of all, then the libs and greens to about the same amount. It's looking more and more like the only solution is for us ( real people , not political players since university ) to get more involved.

Labour unfortunately has the additional issue of it's Caucusing system. If they took the recommendations of that Royal commission to heart and reformed, they would get my vote.

This election I expect the Libs to get punished, cause we all see real issues that need to be fixed.

Trouble is that could leave us with again an unworkable parliament. If Labour gets in, well, with this current lot.....

It won't be pretty for small businesses. Of course some will be more equal than others.

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Paul 129
Stop

RE: julian.smith Read the post and do a google search.

I believe they are referring to New Zealand Greens.

Unfortunately in Australia most vote for the Australian Greens as you would vote for a centralist party.

Our Greens are not. They tend to be more left wing than the ALP. The Australian Democrats (wish they were still around) used to play the centralist role, and 'Keep the bastards honest' The greens don't.

Its either their way, or you can go away!

This has lead to the awful situation that we have suffered for the last 9 years. Parliaments unable to properly govern, and oppositions playing silly buggers. Due to lack of control of the senate.

Gonsky and Public health funding were NOT ALP programs for the future benefit of Australians. They were scorched earth political games, so in opposition they could howl cuts, when the Libs actually funded at or above trend increases, to make up for the fact that they initially were ALP funding cuts!

The Libs, may deceive, and lie by omission. Labour doesn't bother, they go the 'BIG LIE' route. They make it more plausible by all reciting the same line, over and over and over. Yes they promise the moon, they have changed they're not the same team that they were,.... um look through their ranks... they are!

Labour has in opposition, opposed everything that involves budgetary restraint, suggested about 2 impossible savings options, and voted for any program that involves a higher spend. This is so they can take aim at the coalitions economic "mismanagement".

So vote for these economic vandals. People who will happily sell the national interest down the drain for decades, to attain power. People who screw everyday employees, cause they're going to be screwed anyway, and they can get cash in their slush fund ( enterprise agreements, LOL read the [redacted] ones, legally allowed to pay below minimum wages, thanks Labour!)

The Parliamentarians with integrity tends to be portrayed as mad arsed independents.

Greens are better you say? A vote for a green is not a vote for Labour? Actually listen to Parliament. Make an informed decision.

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Kepler space telescope spots 1,284 new planets

Paul 129
Alien

Re: I'm calling it !!!!

%Deity% is just more amazing with each discovery that makes the universe more incredible.

Man however is not %Deity% i.e. not infallible. As such where religion is involved, we tend to make a 'Right royal hash of it'

Existence of %Deity%, should not be provable, and we should not care about it. Those who want to believe, go ahead, those that don't, fine.

Just respect that others don't necessarily share your beliefs, and we all can live happily.

(I'm a Skeptic)

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