* Posts by Mark Exclamation

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Insurers hurl sueball at Trustwave over 2008 Heartland megabreach

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Costs

When the insurance companies lose these cases, are they going to cover Trustwave's costs? They should, but being the USA it seems likely that they won't. It's so easy to sue someone when you only have to worry about your own costs!

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Collateral carnage as ZTE sanctions see Australia’s top telco dump mobe-maker

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Re: Not quite

Are you, or have you ever been, a customer of Telstra, or are you just spouting off the common, but generally unjustified, bile that seems to be fashionable? I ask because, as a long term domestic customer of theirs, I have found their service to be reliable, and their customer service to be damn good. In the few times I have had problems with my connection, their response has been nothing short of excellent. Admittedly their prices are a little higher than other providers, but their competitors' service is far worse.

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SpaceX finally Falcon flings NASA's TESS into orbit

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Carlsberg is not a beer; it's a lager.

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Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

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Re: "That will not only make the world a less safe place"

That's true of most of the general population of most countries. However, the governments of most of the countries behave in a completely different way.

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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Finally, someone with some knowledge on this issue. A private company cannot, under the constitution, issue a "Fine"; only a court of law can, after being found guilty of an offence. DO NOT pay the "fine". See what happens. Nothing will happen. If everyone does this, they'll have no choice but to go away.

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

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“In the era of the cognitive enterprise, when business and technology architectures are merging, our clients understand their success depends largely on how well they capitalize on exponential intelligence fueled by pervasive technologies.”

- Who writes this crap?

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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Re: Polar bears live in Africa.

"I thought the penguins all moved to Australia?"

No, that's the Kiwis!

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Oz's biggest iron slated for 2018 replacement

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Four years old, and it's EOL? Perhaps this time they should buy from a reputable dealer. Four years for a multiple-million dollar HPC is scandalous!

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Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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Update from Viacom....

We would like to thank Mr Chris Vickery for finding this glaring error of ours and pointing it out to us so we could save our company from total annihilation. We would like to pay Mr Vickery's company for his efforts, and we hereby pay him the grand sum of $1000 (one millisecond's worth of our profits).

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Australia-to-Asia traffic slows as typhoons cut submarine cables

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Re: Slow speeds

And here I thought it was another nbn far cup. TFTFY.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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Typical US corporate way of life....

"In addition to having a reputation for being a bullying, sexist place to work, Uber faces countless lawsuits for trying to jam its way into unwelcome markets, screw both its customers and its drivers, and develop numerous systems that targeted rivals and critics." - A few people at the top make $hundreds of millions at the expense of many employees and customers. Need some more $millions? Screw a few more staff and/or customers. Not making enough $millions? Move to another company, take a multi-million $payout, and try again. Rinse and repeat.

The USA is probably the best place in the world for multi-millionaires and billionaires, but if you have no money you might as well be living in a 3rd world country, such as North Korea.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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On the other hand...

One of the online newspapers I regularly read, recently introduced an ad-blocker-blocker. If they detected an ad-blocker, they put up their screen advising how to disable the adblocker, then refresh the screen. Unfortunately, they have implemented it in such a poor way, that even when I disable my ad-blocker, they still won't let me view their content as they think the blocker is still active. Fine, I won't read your website, and you won't get my clicks, despite me being willing to give you a chance. Brisbanetimes.com.au I'm looking at you.

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Mainframe TITSUP totals Oz tax tech, again

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You don't re-boot a mainframe...

You re-IPL it.

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Samsung ploughing billions into boosting memory production

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Oooh, look, more targets for Kim!

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Imagination: Apple relations still rotten but, hey, losses have shrunk

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You're holding it (in the) wrong (place)!

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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver thousands of grocery orders

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Gotta be worth a Tenner!

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Re: Are we a simulation?

Are you sure that the Makers are not in a sim, themselves? A simulated simulation......

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Uh-Koh! Apple-Samsung judge to oversee buggy Intel modem chip fight

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Holmes

I hope you don't actually write any of the reports at DSLReports!

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Re: DYSUN is like TRUMP

WhAt?

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Software dev cuffed for 'nicking proprietary financial trading code'

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Headmaster

tedleaf: "If their I.t boys are anything p ke the ones I have met,they probably can't tell the difference even if they had the code to examine,I have found them to be pig ignorant entitled time fillers,who get upset when you ask them to explain,even roughly what all the code does,seeing as how simple a task it's doing..."

- Maybe, but I'll bet they could write English properly.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Re: How many swallows do you need for a summer?

Is that an African or European summer....?

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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Re: "Glory Hole", and the best use for it....

Nope, we love James, and certainly would NOT send him down it.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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Joke

Re: Large Satellites?

@DNTP - So, are you a necklace, a brooch, or something similar?

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Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

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Re: It's nothing but money!

Ooops, so I was inaccurate, but I was only out by a factor of 1000 :-/ ! But even so, the principle is the same - the (private) power generating companies' priorities are 1. Make as much money as possible. 2. Supply power reliably to everyone. Seems their priorities need to be re-arranged by law. This is why, IMO, essential services (power, water, etc) should NEVER be privatised, but in most places it's already too late.

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It's nothing but money!

During the power demand peak, the spot price of electricity rose to around $14,000 per kw/h. The real reason they didn't switch on the Pelican Point gas generator to take up the shortfall, was simply because by switching it on, the spot price of electricity would have plummeted (supply and demand principles), and those (private) power generating companies would have made less money. For those companies, denying people their power was more profitable than ensuring supply.

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Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

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Re: Going downhill fast

So, it's gone to the dogs, then?

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

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"Sinn Féin's finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty, took to Twitter to share his displeasure at Cook's decision." - Thinks he's more important than he really is? Small man's syndrome, perhaps?

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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It is a known phenomenon that drones can unexpectedly just fly away out of control. Just do a search on "DJI flyaway", and it's not limited to DJI, although they seem to be the most affected.

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Telecoms Ombudsman praises nbn™ for growing connections faster than complaints

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Be warned

Any company (or person) who switches everything over to the NBN will have to make sure they don't need faxes, because once you're on NBN, you can't get faxes, unless you keep one of those old-fashioned copper phone lines, for which the idea of NBN is to replace completely. And yes, some people/companies still rely on faxes.

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Gravitational lensing event could provide ideal conditions for planet hunting

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Re: Cinderella orbit distance is a JOKE....

And with BEEELLIONS of galaxies, each containing BEEELLLIONS of planets, I'd say one in a million is pretty good odds.

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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"Even God does not like the F35..."

Link?

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Three outsources staff to Capita

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Do these people REALLY believe what they are saying....?

Gurpreet Gujral, director of contact centres at Three, said the decision to appoint a "specialist customer services partner" for some of our customer service operations in Glasgow will ensure the "best possible experience" for customers.

Andy Parker, chief exec of Capita, said: “This partnership is a demonstration of Capita’s continuing commitment to delivering outstanding customer management for our clients across a wide range of sectors."

If they really do believe it, they should be sacked for incompetence!

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Map to the stars: Gaia's first data dump a piece of 3D Milky Way puzzle

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It's already all wrong....

Because they've all moved!

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Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

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Re: one possible but definitely PARTIAL solution

Nope - stupid idea. Driving at 20 MPH below the speed limit on almost any road, but in particular fast roads such as Interstates/Motorways, is as dangerous, (perhaps more so), than driving 20 MPH above the speed limit.

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Jovial NASA says Juno flyby a success

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Exposure

At 208,000 km/h, how does the camera get a non-blurred image? There's not enough light for a high-speed shutter exposure.

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Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

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The dog died.....

because the router failed!

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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

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Re: typo

And don't forget, you should never use a preposition to end a sentence with!

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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Definition of bigot: "a person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions" - Hmmm, sounds like kyza!

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What part of "You can't be racist against a religion" and "Islam is a religion, NOT a race" don't you understand? Oh yeah, it just suits your far-left views to misunderstand (deliberately).

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Australian Information Industries Association*: you're not the future of democracy, so please shut up

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Re: Truthiness

I, too, laughed at the "inaccurate right wing trope" comment. But, then, if you go back over this author's past articles, it is quite obvious he is a closet left-winger (or maybe we could even forget the closet). Note to author: not everything right-of-centre is evil, and conversely, not everything left-of-centre is wonderful!

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Post Brexit EU will spend 'stability and peace' budget funding Chinese war drones

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Telstra restarting long-stalled ADSL investment

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Re: Yesterday's technology tomorrow

Indeed, but not as bad as the previous socialist Australian government and Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, and (backstabber) Bill Shorten. A worse mess.

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NBN chairman's rant breached caretaker conventions says public service boss

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It's probably no secret, but if the ALP win government, Ziggy will be looking for a new job.

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I spy with my little fibre, ten million or so galaxies

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Just eaten a HUGE plate of humble pie. Axes is the correct word. Oooops, sorry!

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Headmaster

"....swinging the fibre optic heads under computer control on two axes to aim them is difficult...." - indeed, those things used to chop wood would be difficult to utilise in this instance, unless you wanted to chop it all up. Axis?

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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@YARR, wish I could upvote you multiple times!

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

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Re: "Revenue camera"

"It's only a revenue camera if you're too inept to keep under the speed limit/not run red lights."

After all, going a couple of kms over the speed limit means instant accident!

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NBN raid fallout continues, with Conroy formalising privilege claim

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I thought being a tool was .... being just like Stephen Conroy

What is Stephen trying to hide?

The Streisand Effect is strong on this one .....

Looks like Stephen the Deranged lies and Bill the Incompetent's performance on behalf of their sleazy paymaster will be revealed to an electorate ready for someone to build the "real" NBN

See what I did there? We can all be one-eyed-biased if we try hard enough!

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Want a Brexit? Promise you'll sort out UK universities' £1bn research cash loss

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So, from where did research and the universities get there funding before we became a member of the EU? There is, actually, life after the EU, and indeed before it.

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

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Oracle is playing to the Jury. The jury have no technical knowledge; Oracle made sure of that. The readers here at The Reg know what is going on and which way the verdict SHOULD go. However, I fear the jury is going to find in Oracle's favour, simply because their lawyers are playing the game better than Google's are. If Oracle does win, it will have had nothing to do with facts.

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