* Posts by Oengus

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USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

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Re: Nothing to see here...

I thought this was standard practice. I have had to do this in Domestic and International travel in Oz, NZ, India and the Philippines for a number of years. Usually they want the devices (apart from mobile phones) in their own tray so I end up with a string of plastic trays with 2-3 laptops, 2+ tablets and 2-3 mobile phones plus of course the backpack for the computers and the carry on bag with the camera, battery packs etc. In some countries you even have to take off your shoes (and coat) and send them through the X-ray. Of course you then have to repack everything when you get through the security checkpoint...

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

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Really

“comes from the fundamental premise that every government has an absolute obligation to do everything it can to keep its citizens safe”

I thought the fundamental premise of every Australian government was to promise to do exactly what the "lowest common denominator" of Joe Public say they want so they can get reelected (never delivering on any of the promises of course).

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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Re: This is another reason Apple needs to get away from Qualcomm

could insure that no built in telco/spook backdoors are present except their own.

FTFY

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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2 thumbs up for this line

Meanwhile, in Indonesia, Naruto the crested macaque doesn't give a single, solitary fuck.

Best line I have read in a while... and sums the situation up perfectly.

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

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unless governments adopt The Middle Kingdom's authoritarian approach to enforcement.

Please don't give these fools ideas. They may think that it is a viable option. I am sure that they have people working in the background to make this appear palatable.

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China pollutes ocean with bloody big rocket

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Re: proper terminology

or aquesynchronous...

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Re: Cane toads

Actually, can we make that a mandatory feature... Cane toads are the most obnoxious pest known to man...

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Ban all communications?

That's what the government want. To ban all communications except their propaganda.

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: instead, they upload malicious code from a USB stick

This is precisely why I refuse to program in "Home" on any of my GPS devices.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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We experienced the same problem on a link that had been functioning flawlessly for years. The link would drop for a short period and re-establish. Everyone was perplexed by the issue and no one could work out what it was until I was sent up to the roof to look at the dish, turned around and looked towards our other site some 15 Km away and saw the newly built crane swing into the line of sight. Management initiated frantic discussions with the owner of the new building and the crane was raised about 5 metres to get above the line of sight. The cable swinging through the microwave link was not enough to break the link but the structure of the crane was. Problem solved.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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(Much the same as a target shooter may exactly specify what they want on the build of their rifle, down to barrel/stock/action & trigger type etc.)

Speaking from experience I know that each shooter may have started with the "standard" stock on their target rifles but then would spend a few weekends (or months) customising it to suit themselves. This would include modifying the the "bed" of the barrel, length of the stock, position of the sling mounts etc. We even had people that would create their own fully custom stock from a piece of wood (this was in the days before fibreglass moulding and Carbon Fibre).

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I've hit targets at 1000yrds (with a gpmg....)

I have watched 2 kangaroos bound across a classification range at less than 300 yards with 10 GPMGs (M60's) firing and watched the fall of the tracers to see the 10 gunners attempt to take out the 2 'roos. All missed and the 2 'roos kept going. I have also done the 1000 yard shoots with a .308 target rifle with open (peep) sights (OMark 44 - shooting the same rounds as the M60) to score 95+ consistently.

The M60 can kill at greater ranges than 1000 yards but the chance of getting hit is pretty slim... mind you if someone is shooting at me with a gpmg you can bet I will be keeping my head down (and that is the purpose of the gpmg...).

A beer for the sniper at the centre of this story.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Re: Sex offenders covers a lot of ground

Rightwing nutjob population level slowly creeping up in the UK WORLD again though - we need a new frontier to pack these types off to.

Can I suggest Mars or a centuries long trip in a colony vessel to another solar system (don't particularly care which one)?

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DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)

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Re: Bring it on!

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/law-order/woman-70-drives-on-wrong-side-of-south-eastern-freeway-from-murray-bridge-to-mount-barker/news-story/f8aa33bdd03d04e13e8bfb36632cecf7?nk=a0786058216cadd022e3303ba7eb3e04-1497329937

News story from South Australia just over the weekend.

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Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

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Too easy

Google,

Give me your payroll data for the year, $500000 and one month. I will run your data through a tool I created to report to the WGEA (Workplace Gender Equality Agency) here which takes into account Part time/full time, Leave without pay/part pay, hire/fire date and other types of payment.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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Re: For once I am with the plaintiffs

all marketing brand twonks they should be placed on the B Ark right now

You don't want them on the B ark. Remember it was the B ark that survived. They need to be left behind to die painfully with everyone else.

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

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Re: The only safe way ...

Not even sure that would be safe. Cockroaches and other low life are supposedly able to survive after nuclear war...

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Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

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or OS/2

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Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

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Already do.

You may want to steer well clear of new Volvos in the coming years.

Because of the way they drive I have been avoiding Volvo drivers for years... I can't see this changing anything.

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DSL inventor's latest science project: terabit speeds over copper

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Exponential Drop off

you get to a Terabit system that Cioffi reckons can operate at 100 metres; 100 Gbps at 300 metres; and 10 Gbps at 500 metres

and at 2500 metres you get ?

I wonder what the "average" local loop distance is in Australia... and what "quality" of copper you need compared to the existing services.

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Comet 67P's oxygen could be a breath of fresh air

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The comet needs to have the O2 convert to O3 to give it an Ozone layer to protect itself against the UV.

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VAST stuff-up leaves new satellite TVs TITSUP

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Timely

I wonder if there will be a line item in tonight's budget to cover the cost...

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Foxtel emits new sueballs, this time targeting TV streamers

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Re: Thanks Foxtel

Long live the "Streisand Effect".

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IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Lessons from parents

Don't do as I do. Do as I say.

It seems that IBM have been taking lessons from my parents.

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NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down

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Weasel words

NSA will delete the vast majority of previously acquired upstream internet communications as soon as practicable

We have evaluated our data storage and found it mostly impracticable to identify and delete the aforementioned communications. Both messages that were identified as being practicable to remove have been deleted.

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Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson

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Re: Is your project about to be cancelled?

Triple word score if the project is creepy, impractical and unpopular. (Double word score for any two out of three)

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Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law

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Re: How the carrier should know

What do I have to do to "register" myself as a journo? I think that everyone in Australia should register themselves as a journo...

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nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

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2nd user

I wonder what speeds a second user would get if they tried to connect at the same time? What about the 10th user? These isolated "Proof of concept" have no bearing in the real world.

Wireless is great when there are few users but once the user count goes up in an area the performance drops.

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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

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0.5% declined

I suppose the rubber stamp needs to be re-inked occasionally... maybe the partial approvals were when the ink was getting low...

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Back in the day...

Many years ago I was working on the weekend shift when someone spilt a can of Fanta on to the keyboard of the main system console of our production mainframe (keeping the banking system up for the weekend to allow people to withdraw money from "new fangled" ATMs).

We quickly turned the keyboard over and switched to the backup console. The mainframe kept running and the keyboard eventually dried out. It continued to work until the system was replaced. The only side effect was occasionally getting one's finger stuck in a bit of residue on the keys or a key sticking... They don't make keyboards like that any more...

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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FAIL

When is an ad-blocker not an ad-blocker

As soon as an ad-blocker adds a whitelist and allows ads through it isn't a an ad-blocker anymore. It becomes an ad-censor (or extortionist - pay us or we will remove you from our acceptable ads list).

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Online ad scam launders legions of pirates and pervs into 'legit' surfing

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Re: What we suspected

"they have destroyed both Advertiser's trust"

You can't destroy something that never existed. Ad agencies long ago lost the trust of the public regardless of the delivery mechanism. Internet advertising has just reaffirmed the validity of the mistrust.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Blast from the past.

MVS, S/370, Easytrieve... Now there are a few things I haven't seen in quite a while. I do vaguely remember writing a number of Easytrieve programmes... Obviously I haven't had enough drinks to erase those memories... Pub O'Clock.

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QANTAS cuts AU$4,000 from price of Mac Pro

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Wow

You only need 24 first class return flights to London to get the points to buy the Mac Pro... or use Business Class for a couple of the trips (and save around $3000 per flight) and use the money saved to buy the Mac Pro when going through Duty Free on the next flight...

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Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

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Predictable

an act of poor planning failed to properly consider an entirely-foreseeable set of circumstances and also failed to communicate well with the community.

Yep, That is the public service mentality (and unfortunately the mentality of an increasing number of organisations).

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Banking Passwords!

Shouldn't there be a minimum IQ rtest for politicians?

There already is. You have to have a minimum IQ to become a politician.

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Re: The devil always is in the implementation...

Give them a Kiwi pulse dial phone... They'll dial the wrong number every time...

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Re: Another political 'feel-good' move

who they view as a legitimate target in a military operation.

Does "Congress, the US Senate and White house" count as one answer or three?

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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What's the use?

The comments came after it emerged that attacker Khalid Masood had checked WhatsApp – which offers end-to-end encryption – two minutes before ploughing an SUV through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge

If this "terrorist" did use WhatsApp to flag what he was about to do I want to see how the authorities can locate the message, track down the individual and react in time to stop the attack in the two minute window.

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Snakes and bats cause more blackouts than criminal haxors

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Re: Flying foxes

they're like flying squirrels that glide from branch to branch like flying squirrels

You are thinking of Sugar Gliders.

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"Blackouts in Australia can be caused by snakes, birds, bats, and cats, but precious few by Russian hackers."

I wonder what percentage of blackouts are caused by the failure to invest in maintenance and upgrade of the network. I seem to remember a couple of years ago parts of the Sydney CBD experienced a series of blackouts caused by lack of capacity and failure to upgrade the network...

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Re: Never handle a £5 note

What do you think I used to buy the Bacon buttie?

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Re: Which which is which...

Add some pig fat as well... Piss off another vocal minority.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

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Wrong group

When will IBM realise that they are laying off the wrong groups of people and start getting rid of some of the excessive management team?

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Edge

It's a shame that Edge decided not to join the party, that really would have been the icing on this particular interoperability cake.

That takes the Edge off the announcements...

I'll take my coat. It's Pub-O'clock.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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App option

I wonder if the Uber App will give you an option to choose the "aggressiveness" of the AI in the self-driving car when you order it? It could be like the choices I get on the GPS in my car; Fastest, Shortest, Easiest and Economy...

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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iKea an electronic parrot... see Kea

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Jobs

This sort of initiative is how "The Donald" is going to keep his promise about increasing jobs at home... Because examination of Social Media accounts by program is fraught with issues he will employ masses of extra DHS staff to manually go through these social media accounts.

Another election promise kept...

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Re: What if...

Please come back when you're following the endless ramblings of at least 100 vacuous celebrities and Donald Trump both personally and as POTUS.

FTFY

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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Pint

I'll drink to that... After all it is Friday afternoon.

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