* Posts by LaeMing

2382 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

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Re: It's not *their" data it's *your* data.

Dead Trolls sung it best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eIUOUfhoJ8 :-)

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Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

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You just need to call some of them "Veganing rooms."

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Re: I have a question

Because people are, on the whole, horrible and 'social media' is really just a mirror on the normal human condition.

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Rattled toymaker VTech's data breach case exiting legal pram

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Re: As far as VTech is concerned it's all your fault.

And if enough consumers are returning rejected open boxes, the retailer might just decide it isn't worth stocking that supplier's product. (We can dream, can't we?)

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Re: Total Recall, Red Planet, The Martian, Mission to Mars, The Last Days on Mars, Escape from Mars

Mars is already populated - entirely by robots, in fact.

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Re: Demolition Man

Sounds like I ain't Spartacus doesn't know how to use the 3 seashells!

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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That's just swell.

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Let's go live now to Magic Leap and... Ah, still making millions from made-up tech

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Wot? Who?

I just keep forgetting what Magic Leap does and have to go look it up every time it comes up (for air?) again - and I am presently dabbling in the VR field quite extensively!

Possibly I keep confusing them with LeapMotion then doing a double-take when it doesn't match up.

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What does the Moon 4bn years ago and Yahoo! towers this week have in common? Both had an awful atmosphere

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Re: What a delicious typo

That's how they are going to save money on fuel - reduce lift weight with anorexic astronauts.

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

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Re: USA Liberty Act

Truth is fake-news, freedom is slavery, control is liberty.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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Re: So bad

My brother got a 'Miss Naughty' doll for a birthday long long ago where you squeezed its hand and it said a slightly-NSFW phrase randomly selected from a small list. He threw it out before I could reserve it to pull it apart and see how hackable/reprogrammable it was :-/

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More seriously,

the 'soiled' in this case probably means grubby fingers and congealed Cheeto dust, rather than more intimate secretions.

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Internet-wide security update put on hold over fears 60 million people would be kicked offline

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Re: The problem?

Could they introduce lag to processes using the old cert? Start with 1 minute and increase the lag by a minute each day?

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Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

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Re: Really?

My 80+ mum not only knows how to do web searches and emails, she knows not to open attachments from anyone not me (though she still calls emails 'faxes'). She quite happily used a curated and locked down Linux for years before a manager at work gave me a last-gen iMac in return for securely wiping it. I think she still prefers the way I had Linux set up for her, though. Probably install it back once her iMac drops off OS support.

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

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Re: Easy... this isn't about space.

Actually, the sheep farming in the desert is easy to explain: After a couple of very-unusually wet years, the desert looked lush and the farmers demanded they be allowed to go out there until the government caved and let them. Then the rains (expectedly) didn't come again.

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Re: Shirley

Shhhh. That's what they want us to believe.

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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Re: The single biggest problem with PowerPoint is its fixed, linear nature

@ TRT

I think the rot goes a lot broader than Apple, though they are certainly one of the notable outbreaks.

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Want to get around app whitelists by pretending to be Microsoft? Of course you can...

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And so is my wife.

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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Re: A perfect enterprise solution

Yes, people keep getting a hate-on that IBM provided tech to Germany around WW2. But maybe that contributed to their losing!

The catch phrase was not "No one gets fired /at/ for choosing IBM."

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Re: Sources and Methods

Is it possible they sat on the info until the terrorists worked it out for themselves? So now are using it to further demoralise them?

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Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization

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Hmmmm. Is this sort of thing even /legal/ in Australia these days? It uses cryptography so must be about terism!

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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I'll be equally sad if anyone does up vote me for my stupid StarWars reference :-/

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Re: "Separated by a distance of less than one light-year"

That's how Han did the Kessel Run.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Elephant in the room

How can copyright be enforced uniformly across the web when copyright rules vary from region to region?

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Do not disturb notice.

You don't want a little red ring to come on. You want a small rail-gun turret with visually-obvious razor-blade magazine to pop out of each ear cup and point menacingly at anyone who gets too close! Ideally with a little rising-pitch whine.

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Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

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Re: Amazing...

I dunno. How long did it take everyone do stop using Windows on their deskstops?

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: Nothing new here

@Oh Homer - since the turn of the century, yes. They used to be good, though!

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: reads your face and works ... or otherwise alter your appearance

I imagine it works to the same extent Newton handwriting recognition works (which probably means it works flawlessly for me but noone else!)

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nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

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Re: The NBN: Such bollocks

NBN is Australia's ACA - something that should so obviously be bipartisan and for the people's benefit re-purposed as a political cudgel.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Well, i hope it happens ...

East coast Australia's geo-strata shows we get these devastating inundations on average every 200 years. Our recorded history shows we are presently on the lucky part of the first standard deviation. (I believe sea-floor slippage off New Zealand is a common culprit).

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: Schelte Bus ?

"Can't figure out why they are so keen on our collective doom."

Have you met humanity?

(Okay, that's probably not /their/ reason, and to be honest, I am more into doom-by-tragedy -- in the theatrical sense of the word: a fate that would be completely avoidable except for the specific nature of those fated making it inevitable. I already have my box-seat tickets for act two of that one!).

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Remember when Lenovo sold PCs with Superfish adware? It just got a mild scolding from FTC

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Re: Not just Lenovo's fault

"For this feature to work requires the OS to co-operate with the BIOS, to auto download and install the software that the BIOS points at. Needless to say only Windows supports this "feature" and it couldn't have happened without Microsoft's endorsement."

So after the computer has gone through the so-called 'secure-boot' process, it just installs any old trash it is told to by the manufacturer (or anyone who guessed the manufacturer's password was 'password') anyway?

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US focuses eyes in the sky as Hurricane Harvey starts to slam into Texas

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Re: Couldn't be Global Warming

I think that 'Whoooosh' could blow the rain out to sea if it was in Texas!

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: Useless

For content-consumption a phone/tablet is probably best in most cases. If you are actually creating content, you might want a desktop (or at least a laptop).

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Re: "Developing world - if you were to only have *one* computing device"

Also, I imagine if computer technology was still at the price/performance levels of the time, we may only want 5 of the things!

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Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely

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Got my first android phone the other week.

Spent a nice sunny morning on the balcony playing with all the settings including disabling the Google App's access to absolutely everything it had disable options for!

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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From somewhere on the Internet (possibly even here some time past, I didn't record the source, sorry).

Just need to tweak the wording a bit:

" I found the 3 Laws of Robotics of interest but David Langford’s version captures my position more accurately:

" 1. A robot will not harm authorized personnel but will terminate intruders with extreme prejudice.

" 2. A robot will obey the orders of authorized personnel except where such orders conflict with the Third Law.

" 3. A robot will guard its own existence with lethal antipersonnel weaponry, because a robot is bloody expensive. "

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

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Re: What?

The sun doesn't really shine out of there. It's just a figure of speech.

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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Re: The answer to the question.

Isn't that why everyone looks in the hankie/tissue after blowing their nose? They are hoping to find diamonds? (Why else would people do that?!)

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Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

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Re: Sell your Bitcoins NOW!

They are only valuable because enough people agree that they are.

Then again, that applies to traditional currencies as well.

And various metals, shiny rocks, artworks, etc. too.

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As soon as you converted back to $AU, I am pretty sure that would already have been a legit deduction, since the power was clearly used in the generation of the income. (IANATaxAccountant, though.)

Now, though, you may not have to even convert back to $AU, so your question is still interesting.

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Re: Why don't they just ...

Yes, when a certain US state tabled a law to make Pi equal to exactly 3, I believe it was intended satirically. Australian politicians then have to go and think the same way but for realsies.

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Re: Property is the best way to launder money in Australia

And a lot of those Chinese property investors are now being foreclosed at a loss as the rental returns the property-developers promised them never happened (over-saturated market) and they can't legally export enough of their own money from China to make up the difference to keep up the loan repayments.

Slap-face icon because investing in markets one doesn't understand on the advice of the people selling you the investment is like taking health advice from the fast food industry.

I was living in China when they opened the stock markets there to every rich-without-work wannabe and I am seeing a pattern here! (Of course, all the money they lost on the CSM was the Government's fault, not the naive investors running simplistic numbers-games on the index, neither knowing or caring what they were actually investing in!)

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Re: Bah!

Trial by combat. Against Zombie-Mountain.

Then death by dragon breath.

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So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?

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Re: I've got a hackery trick I'm now prepared to share with you all...

1 bitcoin? At today's rates? Sheesh!

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Can't spend it.

I once spent a walk home from work thinking about if I found a big bag of money on the side of the road, how much I could spend without raising flags. My weekly groceries and a few bits and bobs from local shops for cash was all I came up with. Too much of my big-item shopping is necessarily via online or directly bank-to-bank these days, so the money would have to be fed through a bank account indexed to my tax file number. An initial new-home-appliance glut of 10k, then a further 10k a year if I was trying really really hard is the best I could do.

(I'm too geeky to have any interest in handbags or shoes or other stupid wastes of money beyond the pragmatic.)

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Re: @TheVogon

I would never back up my company's work! That is the company's responsibility (which they do, provided I don't keep important stuff on my local PC, which - of course - I don't, because I read the IT policies!).

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: Ads? What are those?

Yes, between my Host file and a good malware blocker, I see very few ads too. Add blocker not needed.

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It would be interesting to know what portion of today's internet traffic is solicited vs unsolicited content.

...also...

How much money in avoiding infrastructure-bandwidth upgrading are people using add blockers saving governments and communications companies anyway?

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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Big Brother

As the Internet once said:

1984: We're behind schedule, but getting there soon.

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