* Posts by LaeMing

2177 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

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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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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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Re: Rise of the sexbots?

@ Smooth Newt - STOP IT! Or you'll go blind!

Greg didn't wear his safety-glasses. Now he doesn't have to --->

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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It's pooople.

Soylent is poople!

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MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

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That percentage calculation was using HUGE amounts of power!

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Yes, non-smokers are very expensive on the health system too, they just incur the expense a few decades later, often at the same time as drawing on aged-welfare.

There is probably a reason the governments of the world don't outright-ban tobacco.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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Half a million into a modest block of land and a nice tiny bungalow on it. Half a mil, to live off for the rest of my life. 6 million to .... um .... Probably pay my favorite OSS projects to implement the features I personally value and fix the bugs that most annoy me as a priority.

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Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

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The "poor motorist" doing 5 or 6 kph over the speed limit is just as much a real criminal as these people. If you either can't control your vehicle or couldn't give a rat's arse about the lives and safety of others then get off the road. And ideally stop stealing oxygen while you are at it.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: This country

http://zapatopi.net/belgium/

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New Ransoc extortionists hunt for actual child abuse material

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Re: Just when you thought they couldn't sink any lower.

Or your comment in the web cache, even.

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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

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The "top" already had plenty of other options. The Pill is just more convenient.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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The people have voted. Just deal with it.

Ugly, unsavory, egotistical, dishonest, loud, obnoxious, can't keep his dirty paws to himself. Trump is the very personification of how a good chunk of the world views the US*. A more fitting president for the times could not have been chosen, really.

*Not necessarily individual US citizens, just the US as a whole.

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Re: That video . .

He is the leader of the bit of the world who vehemently likes to see itself as the free world.

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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Re: Eyeo says it [..] wants "user empowerment"

I find Privacy Badger, while not intended as an ad-blocker, does seem to block an awful lot of the bad stuff as a side effect.

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'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million

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Re: What confidence?

I must admit, using the term 'cyber world' undermines my confidence quite a bit!

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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Re: Hey, we have to keep funding the wars...

The US tactic is:

1 - let some other nation develop fusion.

2 - liberate the fusion reactor in the name of freedom.

3 - profit (but only for the 1%)

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Can Facebook influence an election result?

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Sorry... That stock image!

I couldn't resist!

http://aggro-gator.com/?=136063

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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I read that as...

...profiling and molestation.

Still fits.

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Got a great IoT story to tell? You have until Friday to let us know

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Re: Well I for one . . .

You have to fly really close to a star and heat up the cargo hold if you want to get rid of them.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Since so many politicians are complete arses...

...can this law be used to keep them away from the public?

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How very...

...Victorian of them.

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Naughty Zuck: Facebook fudged its video ad numbers

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There is Facebook?

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: Karma

He also clearly wasn't too worried about the company and its employees when he chose to start drunkenly kicking the Uber driver around.

This individual's sole contribution to humanity will be the day he no longer continues consuming limited planetary resources.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: Vote with your wallet.

I have some nice 10cm diameter by 40cm long cylindrical (rounded on one end even) toner cartridges here you might like to borrow.

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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So the worst accountant is...

... a 2b pencil (pusher).

I had a better one but Huw D ninja'd me.

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Re: Worst of the worst

It might be like the plural of 'mouse'. For the animal variety it is 'mice', for the computer variety it is 'mouses' (yes, the inventor of the computer mouse did that deliberately to mess with people).

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Re: Avoiding tax is perfectly legal, of course.

While I largely agree. Be careful not to mix up concepts of Tax Avoidance (perfectly legal for anyone and even sometimes encouraged - things like tax breaks for investing in particular things needed by society) with Tax Evasion (very illegal, even for big companies).

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Avoiding tax is perfectly legal, of course.

Finding ways to do so is is what tax accountants are employed to do. If they failed to do so, they would be negligent and probably legally liable.

If the government doesn't want taxes avoided, they need to close the loopholes they originally created. Not whine about it like a child complaining about how unfair their being sent to their room is.

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Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

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I'll just leave this here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e-re0Oti3A

(Sorry, the narrator is a bit on the dim side at times).

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: I believe some women like the colour pink

@The Prof. You are just in the wrong era. Virgin-Mary-blue used to be considered the appropriately feminine colour and Toned-Down-Blood-pink the masculine one. Then some royal mis-guessed the gender of their child-to-arrive and it was (apparently) easier to change the culture than repaint the baby's bedroom suite.

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Whether your brain is more pink or blue would mostly depend on...

...if I have finished draining it of blood yet.

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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The makers of Red Dwarf's Kryten would agree with you, Pascal, that being the explicit reason his head looks like a novelty condom while an earlier model android in his line looks much more human.

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Telstra wins AU$39 million for data retention costs as grants revealed

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Re: Same old catch phrase

It's what the dumb masses want. The rest of us get encrypted VPNs.

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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I'm guessing they skimped on insurance.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

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Re: Bigged up

I assume to compensate for the flattening effect of the angle at which the photo was taken?

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Re: planet?

They prefer to be called 'little planets'

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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Re: @AC Typical monolinguistic anglophone

If you hear what you think is a Chinese person repeatedly saying the 'N' word, they might just be saying the local version of 'um....'

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Re: Only 50 odd years behind the curve

Pajero formally means 'Manly' (which was why it was chosen) but it is pretty easy to see how that had long before shifted to the colloquial 'Wanker'.

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Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding

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Blockchain! It's blockchain! Blockchain!!! Use blockchain!...

...to cure cancer, solve global hunger, bring peace to the world and save ALL the children.

What can't the latest new technology do?

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Re: "...Bastards, the lot of them."

Speak softly.

And carry a 23" shifting spanner.

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