* Posts by Rattus Rattus

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Her name is Alberta, she lives in Vancouver!

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US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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Re: Wanting without paying

"Every tax payer wants certain services to exist and wants them paid for by the other tax payers"

On a national level, with a sovereign currency, that's not really how tax works. Tax isn't raised to pay for government spending although it's often framed that way, the government owns the currency and mints and can spend as much as they like. Government spends money into existence. Tax is a mechanism to remove money from circulation so spending new money into existence doesn't cause too much inflation. This is why a government budget is not like a business or household budget and should not be managed like one.

Non-sovereign governments, however, such as states and cities, do have to raise the money they spend in one way or another. This includes taxes, fines, fees, duties, and direct grants from the national government.

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Re: "New York State is run by Democrats. "

"The truth is to non Americans outside America it's very difficult to tell what you call Democrats apart from what you call Republicans."

So far as I've been able to tell, they've got a conservative, religious, big-business-oriented right wing party, and a REALLY conservative, religious, big-business-oriented right wing party.

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

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Re: ElReg: so educational

Named after the insect - "white ants," better known as termites. 'Cos they're fairly ant shaped, and they're, well, white.

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Aged Parent

So he already understands lookup tables!

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Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

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American Backdoor

I think I've seen that movie.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Tokyo crypto-cash exchange 'hacked' for half a billion bucks

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Re: Portable gold

"when he decided that protecting the UK's triple-A rating was more important than investing in industry and in training"

Funny, Australia is in the same position for the same reasons. This is looking less like accident and more like a deliberate choice.

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Mass limit proposed so boffins can tell when they've fingered a brown dwarf or a fat planet

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Re: Firing up

Stars can shine

People can try

But that's about it

(Apologies to Dan Salvato)

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NASA rethinking InSight probe mission after dust storm predicted for Mars

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Re: direct entry from interplanetary cruise

Just like my Kerbal missions. Atmospheres make everything so much easier!

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You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality

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Re: You can make some people believe anything if you dumb it down enough

True. For example, that "trickle down" economics works, or that tax breaks for the wealthy create jobs, or that America is the "land of the free".

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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Re: Too much Daily Mail for my liking

Yep, as soon as someone starts on the "think of the kiddies!" drivel these days I automatically take the whole text only half as seriously, and usually start looking for the hidden motive.

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This has been coming for a long time, and those who think it should not have been released have obviously forgotten how the internet works. There is no security through obscurity, once a tool like this exists it is guaranteed to be in the wold sooner rather than later. Yes, yes, you can make your neighbour look bad, child porn uses, etc etc. That's all beside the point. No point in wringing your hands over it. The only thing we can do is adapt to its existence. In fact, release of this app should make stuff like "revenge porn" less of an issue rather than more - if an ex releases a genuine video of you, you can easily point to this app and say "Not me, clearly made up."

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NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: Market distortion

For completely optional resources they are. For necessities they are not.

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Re: Market distortion

Markets are not always the best distribution mechanism.

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

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90% of the [construction] cost of an FTTH network

...and 10,000% of the ongoing maintenance costs.

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@bd1235

Thanks for commenting, Mr Turnbull, but haven't your lot got tired of the "Everything's Labor's fault!" line yet?

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Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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Re: Alien? Unlikely

Great. So aliens exist, but it turns out they're Vogons.

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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No

Console is not an option.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: I ain't Spartacus

The only true doughnut is the cinnamon-dusted ring (shaddup). All those iced or jam-filled... things are mere cakes and no doughnut at all!

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Most of the appeal of GoT

"Most of the appeal of GoT is the scheming and intrigue, lifted from European history. Until the most recent series, the fantasy elements have sat on the periphery"

Which I guess is why it turned out boring as shite and I ended up dumping it after a couple of seasons. No I don't care who's screwing who or whose family has a ten generations old rivalry with another. I want magic blowing shit up and dragons setting fire to things.

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Re: love-interest for Treebeard

Well the Entwives are long gone. Are there any Entmistresses?

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Re: What would be the plot?

A series focusing on the fall on Númenor and the beginning of the Second Age could be interesting. So could many of the individual stories in the Silmarillion.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Re: "Fox News [...] no longer cares about the truth"

Are you implying they ever did?

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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Re: Policy for Future American Leadership in Space

Bob you clearly have no idea what socialism even is.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Re: Can I vote for Consider Phlebus

I'd prefer Excession myself, or The Player of Games, but I agree Consider Phlebas would be pretty amazing on the big screen.

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Re: What "would you do if you found a baby had just fallen on street?"

I hope he has a spare knackwurst to hide it in.

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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

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Re: Being logical and reasonable is no guarantee of being right

There was nothing "socialist" in Nazi policies, they were a fascist organisation.

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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Re: Reasons to be cheerful

For some reason it's been pushing me for the last month to install the damn thing. I'm definitely not a MS Insider, and I don't want the damn thing at all!

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

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Re: "Dude, there is no irony if your assessment of Trump is inaccurate"

That's a DAMN big "if".

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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Re: Facepalm! Windows 10 1607 Aniversary Update "Defer Updates" setting is back to front.

So I need to set "Defer" to "Off" to make Windows stop nagging me to install a pointless update that I really don't want?

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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Re: I don't get it...

Apparently it's not even popular, and a very large proportion of the harvest simply ends up being processed into pet food. I think Japan's continued insistence on whaling has more to do with resistance to being told what to do by "the west" than for any genuine desire to continue the industry.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: Microsoft account is your Windows login

Mine isn't. I told Windows to get stuffed every time it tried to tell me I should create a Microsoft account instead of a local one, and every time it said I should "upgrade" to one. This means I cannot use Windows Store apps, so it's a win-win really.

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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Re: Beer into water

I can convert beer into Fosters.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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Re: Defense Mechanism?

I have only been able to find documentary evidence showing that cabbages roamed in packs.

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Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

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Re: Worst Way Possible

I may vehemently disagree with the vast majority of Bob's posts but on occasion, like this one, he hits it out of the park.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Ruddy Hastings

"Who the hell is this mystical enemy that she has suddenly invented?"

The public.

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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

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Re: NO gas molecule can capture, store, redirect or amplify radiant energy photons....

Is AMFM breeding?

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

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Re: There's a fix for this

No need for optical counting machines anyway. No need for machines at all. Vote the way we still do it here in Australia: Use a pencil to mark the box next to your candidate on a paper ballot and count them by hand, supervised by officials and representatives of all major parties.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: "how can we tell, objectively, what is or is not a stereotype?"

Easy. A stereotype is Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, etc.

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I have an idea that is fairer, simpler to enforce, and will be welcomed by a much wider spectrum of society: Ban ALL advertising.

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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Indeed, Greedo didn't "fail at shooting" Han. He simply talked too long, allowing Han the time to unclip his blaster and shoot Greedo while he was still gloating.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Hans Solo

From the much under-appreciated Swedish remake.

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Re: "Miss Marple played by Brian Blessed"

I was unaware until now just how much I want to see this.

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Arrakis....

@Pedigree-Pete

Actually, to be really pedantic, Arrakis DID have water like that before the sandtrout were introduced. They locked away all the water so they could safely grow into the sandworms.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Young'uns technically illiterate, don't know how to get high audio quality music for free

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"You wouldn't bill me every time I take a book off my shelf"

Wouldn't they fuck. If they could work out a way to do it then you bet your ass they would.

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Re: Sir Tim is 62

"Former users of dial-up internet will remember when still images could be imperfectly rendered in a second or two, and then would sharpen with time"

Or even present-day users of Telstra broadband.

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

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@Ramazan

Knights of Sidonia

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

Planetes

Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

Martian Successor Nadesico

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Damnit

Why can't I just put away my ethics and become rich selling shit to idiots?

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

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Re: "Extremists"

Which particular extremist were you referring to? Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio? If you were referring to Bernie Sanders, I should remind you that his views were actually pretty centrist. In fact he could have been any NuLabour candidate, and he wouldn't have been too far out of place even among the Tories.

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