* Posts by Bush_rat

177 posts • joined 7 Jan 2012


Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth


Let the Prisoners go Free!

Either ban all nipples or allow all nipples! Viva la Nip! I never understood the fear of the feminine nipple myself. Also Tumblr has opened a can of worms it cannot possibly deal with. Tumblr is infamous for obscure subculture, and not all of its pr0n is obviously pr0n.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't


Re: The Holy Trinity

What, do you support paedophilia?




What are the proposed rules for temporary communications? I.e, if Alice hands letters to Bob, Bob reads and then burns them, they cannot be compelled to supply the information lost surely?

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears


Rude on Epic's Part

Of course they'll do anything they can to maximize profit, but Google is doing exactly what Apple does, they just have the decency to allow 3rd party installation

Who had Intel in the 'discrimination lawsuit' pool? Congratulations


Damn Intel

They really didn't need more bad press, I hope this is settled soon. If the complaint filed is accurate I hope she gets a seat on the board as compensation.

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke



It could've been a Verizon problem with some very coincidental events, or maybe she sent the same pictures to her fiancé and ex-coworker.

I know where my money is...

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors


You want a back door?

Best thing you can have to a backdoor would be for all the western nations to chip in a build a colossal supercomputer and just brute force the encryption. You know what's great about this? Only nation-states could ever use such a method, cause I don't think there are enough grains of sand to make a computer that big once, let alone twice.

Offshore metadata storage fine by me, says Malcolm Turnbull


Re: No compelling argument?

Unless we're talking about media. Do you know how much it costs an HD movie's worth of bits over fibre? So much that only Telstra should be able to. /s

HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

Paris Hilton

It's So Obvious It's Sad

If you want to know where consumers want their content, just follow the pr0n. VHS, The Internet, Blu-Ray, subscription plans, independent publishing, pr0n has been there and done that in more ways than Urban Dictionary will tell.

First gigabit-over-COPPER chipset lands


Flog that horse!

Flog it damn you! Flog it!

Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks


Re: What about the battery?

I can't remember where I read it (Arstechnica maybe?) but NVidia did talk about battery life in relation to Battery Boost 2.0. With a 90WH battery and a 980M (about what the higher end Macbook Pros have) you will get about 45 minutes of unadulterated Tomb Raider with 1080p@70fps. If you turn Battery Boost on and set a frame cap however (30fps in the example) they were getting "2 hours or more as a conservative estimate" with the same settings and resolution doing the benchmark.

So no it's still not great, but considering that is their most powerful chip doing high end desktop-class work entirely on battery, even an hour is impressive for the same batteries we have right now.


Re: pcie?

The full desktop 980 "only" draws 175W at full load. But I do agree, it would be nice for them to also offer their mobile chips in standard PCI-E cards. Who knows, maybe even in single-slot variants too.

ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7


Coincidence or by Design?

Apple's co-processors designed to handle sensor data like this one describes are also called the M7 (and M8 now), I wonder if that's just a coincidence or have ARM named it after Apple or vice versa or perhaps they are made in conjunction with Apple?

EDIT: Wikipedia to the rescue! Apple's M7 is based off of the ARM M-3 chip, likely called the M7 because it was released at the same time as the Apple A7 CPU. And gosh they are tiny chips, 0.1mm square is nothing for such a useful chip.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED



What number are they going to make bigger if they don't make the resolution bigger? Screen size is at the point of "Your hands just aren't big enough for this phone", we've already hit 2.5GHz quad-cores and even octa-cores (Yes they're ARM but still, big numbers) and the things weigh less than the sand they are made from.

What's that you say, focus on battery life? Why? Who wants all those features to last more than half an hour?

Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died


Regardless of Whether you like iPhones...

I wish, wish people would stop comparing silicon between Android mobes and iPhones, kudos to The Reg for using benchmarks to make a comparison instead. God, the number of times I've heard someone say "My phone has quad-core but your laptop is only dual-core (i7), why would you buy something half as powerful?"

What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C



I imagine they want type C for their Air Ultrabooks, I'd be happy but very surprised if they dropped the Lightning connector for something they have no control over.

Personally I just hope the Oculus Rift uses this instead of the 3+ cables it currently has...

A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND


Re: 16GB of RAM

Yeah I aimed to build a low power draw rig for that purpose exactly, I intend to leave the thing on close to 24/7. As for data corruption, as it'll be mostly for gaming and all important data will be backed up to cloud storage, external drives and internal HDDs I'm not too concerned.


16GB of RAM

Well I'll be using RAPID on my build then.

Tasmania offered possible pay-to-connect for NBN fibre


Re: 2 nodes are better than one

Hey! I'll have you know most of Tasmania is fine, it's just the Ancestral Breeding Ground known as Smithton that has issues. Their family trees have a lot of little, tight circles...

The week in tech news with cracking coverage from Regina Eggbert


Please Continue This.

By god this is fantastic, egg-celent even. I'll show myself out.

Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor


The real question...

Will it run Crysis?

Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple


Re: NFC useful or not debate Depends where you live

Yeah Commbank in Australia have been offering all of that too. You can get PayPass NFC Credit Cards that have the chip and the mag stripe as the new standard. You can use NFC from pretty much any new phone that has NFC or get a sticker that does the same thing. You can even use the Commbank app on your phone to get cash out of any ATM now remotely.

You request to withdraw money from the app itself, it gives you a code and a temporary pass key, you take both to an ATM and it spits out the cash. Really handy for sending money to friends and family.

'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert


Security Questions

I've heard a /very/ strong case for these being treated as passwords. For example, the maiden name question about your mother is a typical one. Instead of saying "Mary" or what ever, use something only you know as the lie, like "Taco Burger".

The flaw is if you forget it you're in a pickle, but it means for each question the hacker has for all intents and purposes another whole password to crack/steal.

New software ported from Windows to Mac! You'll never guess what. Yes, it's spyware


Bigger Question...

Is this malicious JS browser and OS specific or is it a universally available "flaw" in JavaScript that allows this?

Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins


Re: Flash vs SD

As old fashioned as it is to swap cartridges like this I love it, but only for the Pi. I love being able to flash up 30+ SD cards for students with Minecraft, Scratch, you know, all the good stuff, and just give them to the students to use on the school Pis.

Some have partner-purchased some Pis through us (we deduct $10 off the price and absorb the cost of shipping) and they are welcome to take the SD card home with them to continue messing around. One student brought in their own SD card they'd made them self with Quake 3 and MAME on it. When he noticed me watching he got scared thinking he was going to be in trouble for using the school hardware to play games.

He got an A for that little programming unit after he showed me how he compiled MAME on his own...


The change in connector doesn't

But the switch to a switching regulator does. On the website they mention that the new B+ can handle current a lot safer than it used to which was a common cause for SD card corruption, particularly with overclocking.

ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water



Once they can get the theory and formulae down pat all they need to do is just add more compute power to allow for more complicated real-time calculations.

Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION


The Big Question

Was this a "tethered" hack or can it be done wirelessly? It if requires a physical connection then it's not particularly scary...

Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned


It Happens to Everyone...

But if I'm paying a premium to actually go online at all you better make your paywall rock solid...

Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'


Unified in every way

Except when it comes to naming things...

YES, you CAN install paid-for apps on Android Wear – if devs rebuild them

Paris Hilton


Maybe Google should push an update to Android Wear to allow it access to the assets/ folder?


Re: Quite an oversight...

I'm betting it was a cost cutting measure to only try free apps...

Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099


You're right for the wrong reasons...

Are you seriously comparing an ARM dual core to an Intel Dual core? Even ignoring Hyper-threading, even ignoring the fact that this i5 boosts up to 2.7GHz, even ignoring that ARM is a RISC platform, even ignoring the fact that most Android phones sport that clock speed only when it's at room temp, once it heats up it starts under-clocking, the i5 would STILL run circles around that phone.

As for the GPU, the 5000 is plenty power for your bog-standard use, it even handles reasonable gaming well (see League of Legends and World of Warcraft, and the Crysis demo on 4600)

And I like that you left out that the S3 has an eighth of the RAM as this iMac...

Now don't get me wrong, this iMac is a weird product, it's not cheap enough to be a real option for the budget conscious but not powerful enough to really do well, but you clearly have no idea how much power you actually need to compute.

How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine



With 16Mbps down and 0.8Mbps up this is about as practical as transatlantic smoke signals.

'Liberator': Proof that you can't make a working gun in a 3D printer


Re: Uh, who'es the idiot?

""...Re: Uh, who'es the idiot?

The one who cant spell "who's"?..."

...or "can't""

... or read "plain text only, no HTML"

'Ring of fire' eclipse to burn Australia



I have to say this is my first time-traveling eclipse.

We've done it - we've gone and made LONG-LIFE BEER


Of COURSE it was a bunch if us ausies that did this!

Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers


That title is VERY misleading...

It should say "Republic of Korea"

iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock


Re: In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in...

"In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in “Candy White”, “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”, “Black Monochrome”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect”, “Platinum Grey”, or “Reflex Silver”."

So yeah, black or white.

Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan


You'll Regret It

On the one hand, spend $44B for Fiber to the home at a possible 100/40 Mb or spend $30B for 25/5(?) Mb for Fiber to the node. Lets do the math, 22.6M Australians at $44B over the next 8 years is $243 per person per year. Compared to $221 per person per year over 6 years.

So as this is tax payer funded and the difference is F*ck all money wise as far as we're concerned, I vote for the Labor option of getting something 4 times better for 50% more than the price of the shite alternative.

Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling


Re: Ditch Microsoft, use Open Source in the classroom

I completely agree with your statement, however, as the perpose of IT classess in primary school all the way through to mid high school is to teach the students how to use the computer they will likely use in work/home, and sadly at the moment that computer runs windows. Moving to open source software will help the schools, but the computer illiterate will be in absolute hell trying to learn 2 different OS's, and that's not including all the different mobile OS's.

People use Microsoft because everything they want (games, commercial software) is made for Microsoft and everything is made for Microsoft because everybody uses Microsoft.

The Windows Paradox


Re: And for the Gamers out There:

No, I personally didn't pay $90 for that game, I found it funny because I have several friends who did, I've always maintained that Battlefield was a better series, especially considering its "only" $50 for BF3.

If the Call Of Duty series was priced fairly I'd happily by their games, they're fun, but at $90 it's ridiculous. It's like paying $25 for Infinity Blade on IOS, still a fun game, but not at that price.


And for the Gamers out There:

Modern Warfare 2 is 365% more expensive in AUS compared to the US, $20 compared to $90. That's pretty bold for a game barely worth $20.



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MakerBot demos 3D object scanner that fits on your desk


Re: Never Give Up...

Whoever wrote this script should die!

Cheeky Boston fires up x86-to-ARM porting cloud for server apps


Could you give me a hand porting this?

How bout a cluster of ARMs!

Mark Shuttleworth: Canonical leads Ubuntu, not 'your whims'


Gosh, I'm gonna have tip-toe with comment, ahh screw it, as much as community based amaze me with the abillity to truly craft your experience, I think Mark COULD be onto something. If he can wrangle the community into submission, I see a great OS.

Please don't hurt me! </cower>

Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Exhibits A through Z of why I love the Reg

Sony lifts skirt on Firefox OS with developer ROM for Xperia E

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"b) you are stupid enough to believe that a phone that only supports HTML applets is going to somehow rock your world. (despite the fact it's trivial to make HTML5 apps already in iOS and Android by wrapping a webkit control in a app container)."

I dont know about Android, but iOS has 2 JS engines, one for Safari and apple apps, and another for HTML web apps and third party apps that runs at half the speed, and as you can't use another rendering engine this limits we apps to being just websites.


Re: Hmm

I could be mistaken, but there are only a handful of different cameras in the Xperia E series, where as there are many different carriers to sort out, wifi and bluetooth definitely should've been sorted out thou, but cellular networks are a whole different ball game.


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