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In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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How quickly they forget


Hit X to install windows 10


I am somewhat biased, the only facebook profile I have is whatever they made themselves, whereas maybe three quarters of my games library is un-usable as I no longer boot into windows at home.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards?'s digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: @ analyzer: Bloody typical

distorted satisfaction survey response

People go into the public service because they enjoy making other people miserable.. The worse it is the more they will try to inflict it on the population-at-large

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable

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Re: From the title

.. just wait

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Re: Photovoltaic?

geo thermal is depletable at the rate we want to use it, unless you are in an active area... It is great for people who live amidst the smell of rotten eggs, but less so elsewhere.

Even on Lihir Island, a dormant volcano on the ring of fire, with steam venting from the ground, the geothermal generators power output dropped over time and was insufficient to run the gold mine processing plant.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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offtopic but reminds me of an old joke

Somewhere in generic Africa, a visitor was being reassured about the threat from lions.

The locals said most lions are shy, eat small rodents and fruits, and can be frightened away by wearing bells, and if they get too close you can drive them off using pepper spray.

Its only the rogue lions you have to be careful about.

The visitor asks how can you tell which is in the area.

The locals tell them, Examine the droppings.. normal lion poo has small bones in it and smells a bit fruity.

Rogue poo contains bells and smells of pepper

(this joke would actually work better set in America with brown/grizzly bears, but that would be stealing)

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Total Indifference To Supplying Usable Product

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: Doesn't everything green have thorns in Australia?

around here we have spinifex - needle like grass which causes festering sores as the tips of the grass break off and remain in the wound,

Bush Tomatoes - covered in very fine spines,

Mimosa bushes - invasive weed species with spikes/thorns up to 10cm long (according to website..)

and that's just the first 3 I can remember the names of

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Hiring policies would require exemptions

to non-discrimination requirements, unless there are already loopholes that allow hospitality industry to refuse to employ "unattractive" workers...

Every other industry that HR have got their fangs into seems forced to employ unsuitable and incompetent recruits, then try to mitigate the harm by increasing management.

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting

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The Government knows it will be secure

- because they will be watching through the compulsory backdoor

/ Everyone else knows its security is a joke - because of the compulsory backdoor....

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

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Not too concerned about the mice

although it may degrade the quality of the results, but getting spores through the life support system is something you want to avoid as best you can.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Big Brother

Australian Privacy

Defective by Design..

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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Re: Microsoft middle(nuisance)ware.

Clearly the design team should be given a good talking to.

Waste of time if they wont listen...

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turning their privacy protection up to 11

because 10 offers none at all...

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

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Re: Serious Question

Thank you for the smart arse answer.

Care to explain how much gravity that 500m diameter accretion of dust and mystery is generating, and how much effect that will be having at 7 kilometers distance ?

I have made a bunch of assumptions (yes I know) and got a mass for Bennu of about 150 million tonnes, while Osiris-Rex would be somewhere around 1.5 tonnes, which online calculators works out as 0.286 milliNewtons,

Which isn't much.

The mass of Bennu could easily be greater, about 175 million for solid silica, the 500 metre diameter is probably a media figure and only loosely accurate...

The 'orbit' probably is slow, but a radius around 7250 meters it is insanely tight, rough calculations tell me thats a 1 degree vector change every 126.5 meters,

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Serious Question

How do they orbit something roughly 500 m in diameter?

a) what is the attractive force ? which leads to ..

b) how fast is the probe changing direction?

I cant see this working unless its a powered orbit, or not an orbit at all but just a very slow flyby - with maneuvering.

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

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Re: Data Shmata

"Not that I don't already do it to a large extent online, but I'm starting to wonder why I don't just get black market new identities"

Half a billion fresh ones now available.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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Grammar error totally discredits entire campaign

Why tick "all of the above" AND have all of the above boxes ticked anyway?

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Blockchain

At this point we have almost cured peace and harmony, and are on track to implement universal baldness and hunger

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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re: our Kevin's gran's aunt's cousin Sherryl

Does our Kevin have a different gran to the rest of us?

And what would be the correct name for a Grans aunts cousin ? (besides "Sherryl")

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Upvote for the sentiment

but the historical experience with low paid '"security" forces is that they will use their position to supplement their incomes.

Options include selling of data, using the company toolkit for 'weekend work', your usual assortment of bribery extortion and corruption, etc, etc...

Somehow, they need to create a culture of integrity... no idea how

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Re: Sensible

Sadly they can only be sensible in areas tangental to their core brand.

Anything "Green" has to be promoted, regardless of how idiotic or counter-productive, otherwise they will be accused of "going soft" and "selling out" by their own loony brigade.

Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

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I live in walking distance of a state capital CBD... and I still havent seen our NBN

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

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Big Brother

Re: And of course...

EVERYWHERE the authorities look... they see miscreants....

to adapt the NRA catchphrase..

if the laws are unjust.. then Justice will be illegal

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing

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Context matters

Did they click the phishies on their own devices, or university machines?

people will quite happily wade through the sewers of the internet on a machine someone else is responsible for looking after, but exercise a little bit more care with their own property...

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Slight correction to article title

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never always be the same again from now on


Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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Re: Bah!

a special team of fur-work experts

Your mission, should you choose to

Wanders off and commences own licking genitals

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

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Re: Met Police: 'We welcome the scrutiny'

The major part of their duties are "criminal-related".

The relevant question is are they helping or hindering...

Supposedly Wyatt Earp said something along the lines of it didnt matter which side of the law business you were working, so long as you had a base on the legitimate side..

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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re:Anonymous Coward is this any different for any other politicians?

The Australian example of this would be former PM Tony Abbot, with his earlier role -

as Minister for Women

Oracle's JEDI mind-meld doesn't work on Uncle Sam's auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for

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Am i missing something?

Why is there a Babylon 5 cast photo leading the article ?

is this "being ironic", or "meta", or ..wrong..

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Re: plan of action

Accounts have reviewed your action plan.

The single bullet is outside of budget, as is the bag of quicklime.

-Back of shed, OK but somebody elses shed.

single bullet,

spade,Revised plan is to use spade to bludgeon to near proximity of death (close enough-good enough). quicklime,Urinate.

shallow grave,Walk away... whistling (optional)


Deny ever knowing them

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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truth in advertising

"Amazon does, however, say that functions aimed at PC users will added in 2019"

Personally I would prefer to have functions for PC users, but in the great IT wars, the opposing sides are not the various brands against each other but rather all the brands together versus the consumer.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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get some regulation happening

and if youtube has too much content to even try to be compliant, maybe its time for smaller more responsive entities to move in.

No monopoly will ever willingly let someone else into what they see as their patch, but if they have become so big they arent serving their customers (users - not advertisers), its time to start swinging the axe.

FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them

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This is actually 'Draining the swamp'

by elevating the most corrupt to the highest positions, the muck will just naturally flow away from them.

Shame about any(every)one downstream.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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so he is suing on behalf of anyone else who has experienced this bug

... is he also collecting the compensation for these other damaged parties ?

Watch closely as NASA deploys the world's biggest parachute at supersonic speeds

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new-fangled parachutes will degrade the efficiency..

of the previously favoured litho-braking technique.

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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Re: why all the fuss over a headphone socket?

" (and yes, you can use them on aeroplanes). Having leads dangling around is so 1980's :)"

You can only use them on aeroplanes if the carrier permits, otherwise, its no headphones or no flight ... their house, their rules.


The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science

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You get the impression

The controllers would have preferred to be in Spain, controlling the droid in Oxfordshire

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Proper strine is spoken with the teeth clenched together,

to reduce the intake of flies.

Insertion of "mate" and "strewth" have gone out of fashion, being replaced with "old mate" (3rd person indefinite?) and "yeah nah" because apparently it confuses the fuck out of septics...

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Re: Downvoted ..

Just like to point out..

Australia doesn't particularly want him either

We have standards for our foreign criminals..

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: Simple rule set

its difficult to adhere to the highway code when your wheels are slicked up with intestines....

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To avoid this, go with the Uber branded 'morality-free' AI

It might still kill you, but it wont be because its trying to save someone else...

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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310 miles is too low

Geo synchronous is too high - and a silly idea anyway

What you want is something mid range, - GPS have about a 6 hour orbital period, I imagine an 8 hour period would work well so long as you use multiple units to hand off duties as the geometry progressed.

The whole system would need to be dynamic, not a static mirror sitting over the target but multiple satellites radically changing orientation continually through out their journey. Think intricate clockwork.

This would have the advantage of being useful for more than a single city

but it is still a really bad idea from an environmental perspective - it will burn out every organism that regulates its life from a lunar cycle - and the lightspill pollution will be far more widespread than any ground level illuminated site.

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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I use "erm" myself, It follows the evolution of coherent thought path rediscovered every morning after a couple of coffees..

-Talk like a zombie. "urrrrrr"

-Talk like a pirate. "Arrrr"

-the beginning of cognition "erm"

-rejection, "whatever"

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Re: I think Norman's problem is with padding words

Had a manager who would pad their sentences with "obviously", with the implication that if you didnt understand or agree with what they were saying - you - were stupid. As they were high up in the food chain the habit pervaded the supervisory class.

It's just a fancier way of saying "ya know..", and like all forms of baseless endorsement and excessive reinforcement, it makes me doubt they actually know what they are talking about.

BepiColombo launches, Russia ponders next lift-off, and 50 years since Apollo 7 got its feet wet

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Re: exploring Mercury

While the costs of mining Mercury will be huge, the gravity thing may actually be in its favour.

Mercury itself has a low escape velocity (CBA looking it up), and your parcels will be pretty inert, so push them DOWNHILL (hi Bob, imitation -the sincerest form of flattery..) and slingshot them around the Sun.

So long as you have the infrastructure to catch them at apogee, you are laughing.

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Re: exploring Mercury

the value of any mining operation is the difference between the cost of production and what your buyer will pay for it.

Sadly, the costs will be... astronomical (roll the downvotes)

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: Buzzwords...

Rap is just Country music without the country, or the music.

Which is a huge improvement I do admit, all they need to do to finish the job is get rid of the vocals...

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: The evolution of euphemism

Querying if someone has a grandparent deficiency, or a straight-line family tree, or just from the shallow end of the gene pool.

I dont believe describing people as various flavours of genitalia is a good practice, but its what we have grown up with, and we really dont have any suitably pungent alternatives to describe, say, the board of Uber.

There are appropriate levels of language use in different contexts, knowing which to use is part of being an adult.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Ahhh, ringtones....

Bloke I shared an office with had the opening of a particular pop tune as his ringtone... I clipped my own version of it and would trigger it occasionally to send him searching for his phone

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RE: around 98...

I had the wav files from the Dark Reign game for most of the events on my work computer, with the extremely grating maniacal laugh of the suicide bombers occurring quite often. The manager came in one weekend and wiped all the sound files...

In the modern era, I have downloaded a bunch of amusing (briefly) or quirky ringtones, but actually mostly use clipped songs from my own library.

All of which maintain their freshness as I keep my phone on silent for 2 weeks out of 3


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