* Posts by LaeMing

2215 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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A typical shopping trip in Australia for me.

Me - Goes to shop that could reasonably be expected to sell ITEM. "Do you have ITEM?"

Shop - "What is an ITEM?"

Me - Shows diagram or picture, "One of these."

Shop - Looks at me like I am a bug squashed on the sole of their shoe. "There is no such thing as ITEM."

Me - "Yes there is. Could you order one in for me?"

Shop - "No. We only stock NOT-ITEM. You should buy NOT-ITEM as it is what we want to sell."

Me - "Sorry, I can't use NOT-ITEM for what I want to do with ITEM." Leaves shop, goes home (via several other shops with same result, if I am feeling particularly masochistic). Orders online. Has it a few days later.

Shop (to government) - Waaaaaaaaah. We can't compete in a free market by selling crap no-one actually wants to buy. Waaaaaaaaaaaah. Protect us from the evil foreners! Their supplying what the customer actually wants is unfair trade! Waaaaaaaaaaaah.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: FFS...

Linux is, by far, the least-worst desktop OS.

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Re: Minidisk

I recall reading about the frustration of one user who couldn't make digital copies of a minidisk *he had recorded himself* (It was, IIRC, his brother's wedding) because Sony's DRM was convinced you would only ever do such a thing for piracy purposes.

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Bic pens perfectly good!?

You obviously have different Bic pens over there. Horrible scratchy, jam-uppy things guaranteed to run out mid-word at least once a sentence, in my personal experience (which is admittedly a couple of decades old - haven't used that brand of ball-point since I got sick of them in junior high back in the 80's).

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Make America Wait Again: Trump hasn't stopped H-1B visas

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Re: I'm wondering if the Trump families potential investments in India impacted this...

The POTUS doesn't have absolute power to do whatever he likes as Trump (and many TV/movie-influenced people) thought.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: Bah!

Gor may be what furries make fun of, but yes, it is still no reason for firing someone.

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Track Me Not

Suggested over at ArsTechnica was https://cs.nyu.edu/trackmenot/

I haven't looked into it in detail yet though.

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Federal Police toss nbn™ under a bus over leaks to Senator

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Headmaster

Re: Does nbn mean anything anymore?

It isn't an acronym anymore. You are meant to pronounce it phonetically. Sort of a mumbled grunt.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: Deadworld ahoy

A zombie can kill you, but it can't 'murder' you any more than a run-away trolley car can 'murder' you.

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Watching the criminals is easy - just install a small shaving mirror on each minister's desk.

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Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

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Linux

32 GiB!

Screw fancy acceleration algorithms! I can run my entire OS, applications and userspace out of that!

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USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

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Re: Public Private Partnership Initiative

I thought communism was what .com meant?

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Australia bins safe harbour, presses ahead with Minister-as-NetAdmin plan

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Unhappy

It would be nice to leave

but there is nowhere to go!

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Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won't protect teens

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Re: Anon for reasons - Basically to avoid the SJW'ers

I'm more concerned about avoiding people who use the term SJW!

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Scott McNealy: Your data is safer with marketers than governments

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Re: What if you do want to buy pantihose

I always used to phrase conversations with classes of 8-12year-olds concerning data security in terms of the purchase of donald-duck or disney-princess-of-the-week underpants, and who you might or might not want knowing about it.

(No, data security and privacy isn't in any primary-school curriculum I know of, but it damned well should be! Meanwhile the state government is stripping down the teaching of how our voting systems ork because 'common' people growing up knowing how preferential polling works is damned inconvenient when trying to keep them voting for only the two major groups of idiots).

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Re: Is this like saying

Your hens are safer with a hungry dog than with a hungry wolf.

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Has your spouse stayed on after Mobile World Congress? This sex doll brothel might be why

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Re: Nothing for the wimmin?

Sorry, you are confusing feminism with something else. Actual feminists have no problem with anything adults consent* to or do on their own. Anyone (of any gender) who tries to claim otherwise should be avoided.

*Consent should be both informed and free of any form of coercion, of course.

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Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

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An Arduino usb beetle brightly flashing "F**K OFF" might be another solution.

http://www.dx.com/p/cjmcu-beetle-leonardo-usb-atmega32u4-mini-development-board-for-arduino-black-384544

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: To Kill a Mockingbird

It's like these nutters who 'smuggle' bibles into China. You can buy a bible (or a Koran, or the texts of any major religion) in any Chinese big-city major bookshop.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: IBM VP

There's the problem. Even a VP would deny they are a Layperson!

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I have a poster on my wall.

Of an infant putting shaped blocks in shaped holes.

For the benefit of all the university students who come to me with /contoured/ batteries forced in the wrong way on our DSLR cameras!

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

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Re: 44 million years for a jet to get there

Not an awful lot of sunlight out there! Most of the way,anyway.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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FAIL

Does your child know more about computers than the Government?

Does your child know more about computers than the Government and their Corporate Sponsors are comfortable with?

Can't have people knowing stuff. That's terrism.

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Magic Flop?

I had to go and refresh myself as to what Magic Leap actually (supposedly) did. And I am deeply involved in VR development at the moment.

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: Language?

@CrazyOldCatMan

Thanks. I also forgot Na'vi as another conlang with enough popular traction to be worth mentioning!

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Re: Language?

All the languages of the worlds (plural intentional), since I am sure there are some people out there posting in Klingon and Elfin!

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Heh, just now got a call (on my work phone, no less) about "My inquiry regarding an MBA course." I explained I have a real job and as such don't have any need for an MBA.

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I believe if the trick is to get to the part of the conversation where you get to say "Hold on a moment while I go and get my credit card." They can be made wait several minutes as you wander off and forget about them.

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Re: Forgive my German

Maybe I should learn Tolkenian 'Black Speech' for talking to telemarketers!

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I think I am now off the cold-call list for a funeral-insurance slinger. My preferred method of burial is to be left on the side of the road in a burlap sack and the council can dispose of the body at their expense or let everyone put up with the smell and associated public health risks. (#deathhacks)

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AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha

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Re: Testing the waters

Orrrr. Those companies are already paying (in money, or in patent-swaps) for the use of the IP. The latter is fairly common industry practice, particularly among companies large enough to have decent patent portfolios to trade from.

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Trump's immigration clampdown has Silicon Valley techies fearing for their house prices

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Re: I bet Donald has been having a tantrum(p) or two over the past couple of days:

I am pretty confident he is, for now, still under the popular impression that the US President can do anything (s)he wants like some sort of unaccountable and unrestricted dictator. Of course here in the real world, the US government was expressly set up to limit such power-focusing. For good reason, QED!

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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Re: About that...

..."when running out of battery one may still needs to access a MINIMALISTIC (= ads free, no animated gif, superfluous information ) version of a web site"...

Orrrrrrr... a MINIMALISTIC (= ads free, no animated gif, superfluous information ) version of a web site all along might stop the user running low on battery power in the first place!

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Can't be a single movie

>>Ask your local CIA for details...

>You have their number?

Just send an email to any random address. They will read it.

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Human memory, or the lack of it, is the biggest security bug on the 'net

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Re: "sneak a key logger"

I use option 1.5 - A small number of hard+unique passwords for important stuff (Financials, home computer, message boards I frequent often, etc). A few hard+shared passwords for non-critical things I trust, but also wouldn't be mortified by a compromise on (message boards I don't care about so much, work PC - mainly due to their crappy password rules!), mentally-generated-on-the-fly soft passwords for all those crappy sites that insist you have an account do do things that shouldn't actually need one for (usually linked to likewise-generated throw-away email accounts).

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Take the 'pen' out of his hand?

Or did you mean 'crayon'?

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LG's $1,300 5K monitor foiled by Wi-Fi: Screens go blank near hotspots

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Joke

They're holding it wrong?

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It's that time of the year again: Texas school district blabs staff tax documents to phishers

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Re: Its Always The Weakest Link...

The weakest link is always in the last place you look!

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Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference

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Re: Easy Solution.....

Of course, just because it is in an EULA or any other sort of contract doesn't mean squat if actual laws say otherwise.

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350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

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Re: The 80:20 rule?

This is my problem with our classifying ourselves as Homo-Sapiens. Far less than half our population is actually Sapient by any reasonable definition. Homo-Sentient would be far more over-all accurate!

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

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Re: Military-industrial 101

Orrrrr. You could have spent a lot of that money directly on developing those things, and had change over to develop more. The 'military spending promotes non-military development' is, while true as far as it goes, a myth in terms of monetary efficiency. At best, civilian spin-offs help ameliorate only a smallish portion of the costs.

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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

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Re: One of the world's great companies

Professor Clifton Shallot - "I think these days they too often go too close to just being toys"

I recently discovered if, instead of the retail channels, you track down local education equipment suppliers, there is a whole world of much less kitchy-thematic Lego* that the ordinary consumer doesn't get to see!

* Yes, official Lego. There is a whole 'hidden' catalogue of much more education-y stuff out there! Even reasonably priced kits that can be made into more than just 3 things!

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China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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Re: We've got four years of this?

More like 6 months of this, then he gets bored with the whole thing and resigns to go back to pushing money pointlessly around his small part of the economy and making 'celebrity' TV appearances.

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Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps

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Re: Much Ado about Nothing

Go further. Blanket media ban on all politicians at all times. Starve their petty little egos to death.

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Mattel's parenting takeover continues with Alexa-like dystopia

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Re: <!>

No, it's just marketing people. They live on a planet that doesn't have any direct relation to ours.

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Telstra launches Australian homes onto the Internet of S**t

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"One more thing: if the smart light bulb Telstra sells me has a flaw that turns it into a data-sucking monster, will that count against download quotas? ®"

That's the plan!

(No doubt).

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: Incredible (Talking Toilet Paper!!)

Better that than toilet paper that aggressively wants to be used, TalkieToaster-like.

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Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

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Advertisers would love it, but the people charging them to present the adverts on their behalf would loose out, and they are the ones who have no incentive to offer such a thing.

Unless a 'disruptive player' shows up selling that specific service as an advantage to people. And assuming they can survive the wrath and associated dirty-tactics of the status-quo cabal.

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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Re: Ethical according to whom?

Tell it to the various Native American nations a few centuries ago!

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Zuckerberg turns his home into Creepy Robot Buddy

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Black Helicopters

Why mess with facial recognition at all? Just have a scanner for the mandatory QI ID code tattooed on everyone's tongue.

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