* Posts by Oengus

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

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Rubber stamp

The attorney-general will not be able to exercise their powers on a whim: the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) will need to recommend an intervention.

You have to remember that ASIO is basically the Australian equivalent of the NSA or GCHQ. When was the last time that those organisations stopped a politico from exercising whatever powers they wanted to use? Usually they are prompting the politicos to exercise powers that are dubious and borderline (or outright) illegal. ASIO will just be a rubberstamp to anything the attorney-general wants...

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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Re: Latency...

120 milliseconds from earth to geosynchronous satellite, depending on location of location of space station receiving message 120 milliseconds (low earth orbit) to 240 milliseconds (geosynchronous orbit on the opposite side of the earth) or more if space station is at L4 or L5. Then of course you have to double that for the return trip...

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Latency...

You won't be playing any real time games over the link... The propagation delay will be somewhere between 1/4 second and 1 second depending on where your spaceship is in orbit in relation to the switching unit...

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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Re: Really ..

From having to chose between someone you hate or someone incompetent. Tough call :-(

Can you tell which is which?

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Better yet... lets ban all things Trump from the interwebs.

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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Like a chainsaw, the Internet is not a toy for unsupervised use by children or politicians.

FTFY

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Couldn't happen to a more deserving OS.

I vaguely remember seeing a PC that had Vista installed... I thought that Vista was long dead and buried (or at least should have been).

MS won't support Vista because it was technically a "Home" user OS. XP was technically a Business OS so theoretically anyone still using it has money to pay for support. MS long ago gave up caring for the home user (and lately I think they are only paying lip service to the business user without a subscription based service). Vista will not be missed by me.

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House of Lords: Drone vehicles are more than just robo-cars, mmkay

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What about...

CAV [connected and autonomous vehicles]

What about DAV [disconnected and autonomous vehicles] or UAV [Unconnected and autonomous vehicles] ?

Surely truly autonomous vehicles will be able to operate without any connection back to the mothership... Sure they may need to communicate with the mothership when their current task is complete to get their next assignment. They should, of course, be able to accept changes to tasking from the mothership during an assignment but shouldn't need to depend on the communications to do their task.

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US Marine Corps chiefs declare WAR on stolen sex snap sharing scum

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Digital is forever

The problem here is once it is released to the internet you can never control where it will end up. What was done is wrong but you can't put the genie back in the bottle...

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Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

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Re: I'll start with a course of "who?", "what?", "why?", "where?" and "why?"

What happened to "When"? Oh, wait, it disappeared because we are talking about Time Crystals...

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Re: Great

What were you using to smoke the bacon? That might explain why he was lucid...

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Hailing frequencies open! WikiLeaks pings Microsoft after promise to share CIA tools

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if you don't put it on then that's your fault and it'll hurt when you get hit

and if you have ever been hit with the flak jacket on you will know it hurts as well. You will heal faster but it still hurts...

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

A more sexist and discriminatory comment I haven't read anywhere in a long time. Discrimination goes both ways and suggesting that women be promoted disproportionately or paid better because they are women is discrimination. Everyone should be promoted or paid higher because of ability and skills not because of their gender (or sexual orientation but that is another can of worms).

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Lloyds to outsource 2,000 staff in IBM deal

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Don't these management types read the newspapers?

I am thinking of the debacles of Queensland Health payroll, Australian Bureau of Statistics census, Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation systems... There was a time when "No one was ever fired for buying IBM" but those days are long past.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: Unicornpiss @GATTACA

Think of it as if you owned a nice, new, reliable, safe and secure family car, but when you went to insure it the car insurance company said it had to be insured as if it were a classic Ferrari because the law said they were not allowed to ask you about your car

When I insure the family car I insure it for ~$30,000-$50,000. When I insure the classic Ferrari I insure it for $300,000-$500,000. Based on classic car insurance I have it is actually cheaper per dollar insured to insure the classic car than the family car. This is because statistically the chance of having to pay out on the classic car insurance is lower than the family car.

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

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Inbuilt obsolescence

Reading the Technical specs for the battery in the Helios Smart ring I wonder about the usable life

  • LiPo battery
  • 14mAh capacity nominal
  • 3.7 V nominal
  • 80% Capacity after 150 charges
  • Battery life 24 hours
Based on this you will need to recharge each day and, with the battery life down to 80% after 5 months, I wonder how many charges before the battery life is down to the level where you won't have enough charge to measure your daily exposure - at which point you will need to buy another ring.

Can I modify the ring patent to include a solar cell to provide the charge to keep the battery topped up and to provide the power to run the ring while exposed to light?

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Why

We want to implement the option that you can share your status on social media. You can share how much vitamin D you consumed. (found on the Helios Smart Ring website)

Why does all of this IoT crap have to have a social media link? When will these people get a life. All the more reason for not having social media...

The next thing you will read will be how these devices have been hacked and are used by criminals to tell in real time that you are not in your house (you are outside basking in the sunlight to get your Vitamin D score up) so they can safely break in and help themselves to your other kit. Alternatively there will be an attack on the users of the ring exposing them to excessive UV causing melanoma and other skin cancers...

Also, because it uses Bluetooth LE and has no On/Off switch just think of the tracking capabilities...

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'Nigerian princes' snatch billions from Western biz via fake email – Interpol

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Re: Religion

and one that white men actively seek to eradicate emulate.

FTFY

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State surveillance boom sparked by fear-mongering political populists, says UN

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A voice of reason

He therefore calls for nations to “improve security through proportionate and effective measures not with unduly disproportionate privacy-intrusive laws.”

Wow... a statement like this from a political type is almost unbelievable. I am worried that it will be a voice crying out in the wilderness and no one will listen (until it is too late).

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Seagate plays disk cricket with a 12TB Enterprise Capacity drive spinner

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Re: Missing the important question...

How many of these do I need to get all my data centre staff talking like Minnie Mouse?

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CIA hacking dossier leak reignites debate over vulnerability disclosure

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Re: CIA definition

CIA should stand for criminally incompetent agency ars3hol3s.

FTFY

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

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Centrelink

the system was automated to such an extent that individuals accused of fraud often were not notified until it was too late to challenge the determination and were not provided with a way to respond.

Now I know where Centrelink got their data matching software for fraud detections

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Success in the bedroom breeds success in the boardroom – research

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What, no interns in the White house these days?

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A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things

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Re: Now that is a useful IoT application

While that is ALSO Bullsh*t it is not the useful kind.

In this case it wouldn't be Bullsh*t it would be CowSh*t...

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I wonder if they monitor...

A large increase in tail activity signifies either that the cow is about to produce a particularly firm cowpat or that it is calving.

I wonder if they report the monitor the production cowpats as well - location, frequency, time to produce... to monitor the cows intestinal health.

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Internet declared a citizen's right for 34 million Indians

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Open access

I hope that the internet provided will be free of censorship and monitoring... but I can't see it happening.

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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D'oh!

includes unlimited cloud DVR storage with no fixed term contract, allowing subscribers to cancel at any time.

I am betting that when you end your subscription your cloud DVR storage evaporates as well.

Of course you can have unlimited cloud DVR storage... They are not going to keep a separate copy of each "title" for each subscriber. They will have one master copy (and numerous mirrors) and your DVR just indexes the content you recorded...

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