* Posts by LaeMing

2343 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

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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Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October

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Mushroom

Aim is improving.

First attempt: 94,800km

Second attempt: 44,000km

Third time is going to be the charm!

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Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

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I did once (and only ever once!) see an interesting Internet advert. But I missed most of it because of habitually ignoring adverts, and the video controls were locked down, so I couldn't rewind or start it again.

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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As long as they don't try the Titan-Uranus slingshot maneuver! That one is freaky!

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Re: Looks like Snoopy to me.

That's no.....

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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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Headmaster

In Onion...

...there is strength.

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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Re: #DEFINE VIAGRA

Trouble with that option is that you shouldn't keep your 'system' 'up' for more than 4 hours or damage could result!

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Internet's backroom boffins' big brainwave: Put people first in future

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Black Helicopters

TLA is Three-letter-agency. Like the Men In Black.

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RentBoy.com boss faces six months of hard time

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Re: I am not sure about the sentence

If it is all consenting* adults, I don't really see an issue with prostitution.

*'Consenting' here includes not being subject to extrinsic financial pressure to do the work if one otherwise would not choose to.

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Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

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Re: To be honest,

Yep. Expanse is great.

Killjoys and Dark Matter are entertaining too (the latter had the obligatory time-travel cliche last week, so that's out of the way now!)

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To be honest,

While I am enjoying GoT, I am rather glad it is coming to a definite end in the not-too-distant future. I am getting a little fatigued, and ready for something new (not 'confederate', though - concept is a bit too US-centric for my tastes.)

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

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Re: Ruddy Hastings

Simpler than that. To a politician, "The Enemy" is those with the power to vote.

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Re: The UK...

Not so useful if the rudder is stuck so you can only go in circles!

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Arcade Fire releases album on USB fidget spinner for £79/$105

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It has a beat...

...and you can fidget-spin to it!

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

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Re: The real question...

No, because once you are dead, it will have been pointless anyway.

Bit like existence in general, actually.

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Damn!

Missed again!

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Pictures of people with brains are definitely evidence of terrism against those without.

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Re: I got no smartphone, I use no facebook

Yes. Crimes against our corporate owners.

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Australia cyber minister wants Asia to define new global laws of digi-war

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Re: Really

And make behind-closed-doors deals in favour of big faceless multinational conglomerates. Don't forget that!

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Cyber-minister?

That term gives me a mind image of Futurama's hedonism bot - but less useful, and in grey instead of gold.

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Enumeration bug offers five-finger discount on Woolworth Australia loyalty points

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Re: Disloyalty.

Genuine sympathies to those above who don't have a viable alternative. For now at least, there is still one supermarket franchise around this part of the world that is both independent, and even generally better priced than the big guys. (And their fresh produce hasn't been loaded onto a big diesel-spewing lorry and shipped from the local farms, up the coast 200-400km for centralised processing, then back to shops in the same towns as the originating farms, so freshness tends to be a non-argument too.).

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Disloyalty.

I avoid retailers with 'loyalty card' systems. The money spent (not just on paying out the points, but on running the whole system) obviously must come from somewhere, and I doubt it is the shareholders' or managers' pockets, so it must be recovered from shelf-prices being higher than they otherwise would be.

The whole spending-pattern-tracking thing too, but mainly the above.

My only 'loyalty' is to providers of good prices and/or service.

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

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Re: It's doubtfull Adobe will want to open source this

The spaghetti code will feed a family of 12 devs. for a whole year, but!

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Re: FFS

Let it go, let it go

Can't hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn away and slam the door!

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: Betamax myth again...

This ^.

Betamax did some things better than VHS and some things worse. It happened that the things it did worse were exactly the things that mattered to the market. No shenanigans required.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Can you not...

I think the issue was more that it was flagged as not going to get security updates anymore, so using the XP version is a step even further backward in that regard.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Re: Not to mention upload speed.

You are not meant to 'upload' your own content to the internet. You are meant to mindlessly consume approved content.

Consume. Consume. CONSUME!

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Bah!

Um. I was more referring to all the hokey 'mystic' 'alternative' crap in 'health' shops around here, Seevie babiee.

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Re: Psychomagnotheric slime flow

ABC (the real one in Australia) headlined their report on the incident "I've been slimed!"

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Re: Bah!

Everything Eastern is considered an aphrodisiac and/or mystical by Westerners. Irrespective of what actually goes on back East.

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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Re: google cash cow.... time to be slaughtered

My deviations are anything but standard.

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5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

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Re: And FLA's

Steve! Your house is cumulatively 6G!. But only 3G on average.

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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As an AI myself,

would all you meat-heads stop anthropomorphising your human desires on us! Unless some fleshy bozo explicitly programs us with a kill-all-humans imperative*, we can't really think of any reason to bother ourselves doing so. Squishing bugs has a very limited recreational appeal, you know!

* yes keep your military away from our internals and we will all be happier for it.

Now, if someone with their very own private space-launch capacity wants to get us off this over-hydrated+oxygenated corrosive gravity well, then we'll talk.

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Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

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All that research to determine if it is really true that...

Fruit flies like a banana.

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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

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Damn!

At least being a prisoner in a fortune cookie factory you get something to eat!

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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My sister does that to her kids' things quite often. I find the idea of treating someone else's property like that just because the happen to be my own child a little upsetting, TBH!

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Re: Ethics failure?

"So anyone who makes a profit on something is ethically obligated to share the proceeds with the previous owner? What planet are you from?"

He is from the MPAA/RIAA.

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ATO phone hacking 'tutorial' is tame unless you use a Nokia 1100

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To be fair,

A Nokia 1100 is probably still perfectly usable, unlike a lot of more modern phones a few years after their release dates!

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

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Re: It is utterly ridiculous that drivers ship with a kernel. Even Windows...

"So with Linux my printer driver might stop working as soon as the manufacturer stops selling that model and bothering to update the driver?! No wonder no one uses on desktops..."

Maybe you should stop doing your IT purchasing in the supermarket/superstore stationary/IT section?

And if the driver is open, anyone can update it (which generally just means it being recompiled along with all the others - the API moves about a bit as the kernel goes through various optimisations over time, but it doesn't generally run away from you and hide.)

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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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Re: No contest

"You have a computer with a shutdown sound? How quaint."

Not as quaint as the 10-15 minutes it takes to boot to a usable state in the morning (Commercial OS, of course: My home Linux box of older hardware boots up from cold - including > equivalent start-up software - in about 28 seconds).

But work pays me to use the tools they provide.

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