* Posts by Magani

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Two large flightless birds walk into a bar... The pub's owner was not emused *ba-dum tsh*

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You are the BOFH and I want my reward (and not in Emu Lager).

Garmin staggers back to its feet: Aviation systems seem to be lagging, though. Here's why

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Coat

At the roundabout, turn...

...over $10 million.

Visa fraud charges: Uncle Sam accuses four Chinese eggheads of covering up their true ties to China's military

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Black Helicopters

Visa fraud charges

Given the article's title, I came here looking for people trying to hack my credit card...

Given the content though, I think the icon is more appropriate.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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That's already been done by Magritte

Available as an Android app, a user could take a picture of, say, a pipe and it would not be a pipe to the classifier.

Ceci n'est pas une pipe.

Trump reveals US cyber-attack on Russian election-misdirection troll farms

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A freind in need...

Trump has repeatedly stated a preference for being friendly to Russia to bring it into the fold...

Well that worked so well with China, didn't it?

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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FAIL

History repeats...

"NASA admitted it did not supervise Boeing closely enough during the craft's software development stage..."

See also: The FAA admitted it did not supervise Boeing closely enough during the B737 MAX's development etc, etc.

See a pattern here?

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Pint

Re: An Attack or a Screwup?

Considering that the attacks are spread across a wide range of industries simultaneously, I'd suggest it's more than Scotty from Marketing opening an attachment.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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Only in Oz...

Can't see that happening with such a lack of outrage in either Brexitstan or Murica.

Not sure about what would happen with BoJo, but the Orange-quaffed one would probably reply with a volley of rubber bullets and tear gas.

$5bn+ sueball bounces into Google's court over claims it continues to track netizens in 'private browsing mode'

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WTF?

Ads?

It is Google, through the ads....

Google has ads? When did that happen??

/sarcasm

Home Office waves a cool £1bn to outsource handling of British visa, citizenship applications

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Tip from the Antipodes

As a beastly colonial whose forebears were thrown out of the Old Dart some 200+ years ago, can I just say...

DON'T DO IT!

It's a government's prerogative to say who can enter and who can be a citizen. Unless it's under direct ministerial control, it will eventually go to hell in a handbasket. Comments above about the agendas of private commercial concerns are spot on the money. Privatisation of core government functions under the guise of saving taxpayer shekels are never a good thing. Tears at bedtime inevitably follow.

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps

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Big Brother

Re: Australian Gov legal team can not read it seems

...the best way would to host the data on secure Australian servers by an Australian company or Gov Dept.

You were doing fine up until the 'or Gov Dept' bit.

Source code for seminal adventure game Zork circa-1977 exhumed from MIT tapes, plonked on GitHub

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Xyzzy (or PLUGH)

You are in a maze of twisty little passages...

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch

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Vulnerabilities? What vulnerabilities?

So walking around, keeping 1.5m from everyone, with your Bluetooth on is safe? A quick delve into your favourite search engine will show you that it isn't. Googleing for 'bluetooth android vulnerability 2020' brought up a mere 1 million+ hits (I didn't worry about iPhones; they've got their own CovidSafe problems).

While you're here, can someone explain how this works?

1. According to their blurb, When the app recognises another user, it notes the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other user’s reference code. AFAIK, BT works through walls. I was unaware that viruses could travel through them though. Anyone for a host of false positives?

2. I found the statement by our PM to be rather disingenuous when he stated early on that the data would be held in Oz, hence giving all true blue Aussies a warm fuzzy feeling. He failed (at that time) to state that it was with AWS, a decidedly US company. As has been stated earlier, the US TLAgencies can grab anything they want without much hindrance from a company with US roots. Our beloved pollies also stated that not even a court order could get the data released to our gummint, but as a member of Five Eyes, Shirley they can get it (CLOUD Act), and hand it back to Peter Dutton, MP (Minister for keeping us safe from overseas nasties) without having to bother with any legalities.

Of course they'd never stoop to such things would they?.

Google Australia says government pulled pin on content-for-cash talks, hands in its homework anyway

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The ATO called...

Hey, Google, how about paying your share of income tax in Australia?

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?

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Big Brother

In the Antipodean version...

... this is the Minister for Home Affairs and failed Prime Ministerial coup leader, P. Dutton, Esq's wet dream. Despite earnest statements from gummint mouthpieces who promise that this data collection will all end when the Coronavirus problem has concluded, this is just as believable as the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa et al.

All they see is loads of location (and other?) data for ASIO and other agencies to troll through at their leisure, and possibly share with their Five Eyes buddies.

Yet another reason to keep Bluetooth turned OFF.

As Amazon's stock price soars and Bezos adds to his billions, affiliates face massive cuts in their commissions

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Put the boot in

The Register asked Amazon to explain why it plans to pay affiliates less but the company declined to comment.

Unconscionable is as unconscionable does. Amazon is seemingly taking the same attitude to its partners as it does to its staff.

Australian state adds AI number plate readers to GPS tracking of corona-quarantine busters

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Re: Isn't it funny ?

I suppose the fact that, over here on the other side of the country in the obviously technologically backward state of Qld, police cars have been doing this for years with automatic number plate recognition (trials started in 2012), is a sign that Sand Gropers live in a state normally devoid of authority? I believe other states including WA have this as well.

For the past five years, every FBI secret spy court request to snoop on Americans has sucked, says watchdog

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I'm shocked, I tell you!

The process is wide open to abuse, critics have argued, and so it turns out to have been the case.

Who would have thought folks in positions of authority would do such a thing.

</sarcasm>

Pervasive digital surveillance of citizens deployed in COVID-19 fight, with rules that send genie back to bottle

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Holmes

And in other news...

Strict oversight and a thirty-day limit on the use of the tools is promised.

The Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa were all declared as real entities.

As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us

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Holmes

Observation 101

It's pretty obvious - coronavirus gives people the shits.

Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky

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Black Helicopters

Fees and charges

A go-around is expensive, with airlines racking up bills for extra landings, fuel and delay penalties.

I may be a bit out of date here, but any airport I ever worked at only charged the aircraft for one landing if they had a go-round. (Circuit training may have different rules.)

Pro aviation tip: Remember that the number of take-offs should always equal the number of landings.

China tells America, with a straight face, it will absolutely crack down on hacking and copyright, tech blueprint theft

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Holmes

Raise your right hand and....

Among the more noteworthy portions of the deal is a pinky-swear promise by Beijing to step up protections for intellectual property and enforce copyright in the Middle Kingdom.

I see April 1st is early this year.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears

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Black Helicopters

Re: CAA 101

"Check if your flight is over a war zone. If so, delay or take the train...."

It's a bit difficult getting a train from Oz or NZ or even Trumpistan.

I retired from telling pilots where to go quite a few years ago when a near miss would get you tea and biscuits and an intimate chat with the SATCO, but I hear such courtesies are now long gone. However, I still try to run an eye over Captain Speaking and First Officer Here before setting foot on today's aluminium tubes.

How much pass could LastPass pass if LastPass passed last pass? Login-leaking security hole fixed

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Something missing?

It might have been helpful to have included in the article the fact that the bug only happened to users of Chrome and Opera. Firefox users weren't hit.

As per the LP statement:"...the bug was limited to specific browsers (Chrome and Opera),..."

Yeah, yeah, PCs are dead? Ask Texan Mick and his Dell empire if that's the case

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Oblig quote

"...the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated.”

Mark Twain (attrib)

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards

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Aircraft 1: Humans 0

So the aircraft's systems decide to execute a go-round, while the wetware at the end of a joystick decides it knows better and causes expensive noises?

Well, <verbalised single expletive> me.

Wanna sue us for selling your location? Think again: You should read your contract's fine print, says T-Mobile US

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Usual mob of Bar Stewards

There's a buck to be made, so ethics and morals get subjected to defenestration.

Chinese government has got it 'spot on' when it comes to face-recog tech says, er, London's Met cops' top rep

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Decisions, Decisions...

There are two parts to this. One is the technology; the other is what you do with it.

One suspects that those behind the Great Firewall have less than altruistic motives with regard to the second part.

Facebook staff sarin for a bad day: Suspected chemical weapon parcel sent to Silicon Valley HQ

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Room at the Top (Priority)?

The safety of our employees is our top priority....

Our top priority has always been our social mission of connecting ...

...our top priority was protecting the integrity of other elections...

Keeping people safe is our top priority...

Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things

When I was at school, there was only one 'top' anything. Farcebork seems to have a new maths reality.

That aside, I hope this isn't really what it's being reported as. There are some seriously demented little bar stewards out there.

What would Jesus tweet? Church of England hands down commandments for Anglicans on social media

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Megaphone

Chant/Text after me...

My father can play dominoes

Better than your father...

It's official. You can get FUCT, US Supremes tell scandalized bureaucrats in rude trademark spat

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Bah and possibly, Humbug!

I blame all those indolent young people with hoods on and looking at their phones.

Get off my lawn and get a job! (Oh, and learn how to use apostrophes!)

Iran is doing to our networks what it did to our spy drone, claims Uncle Sam: Now they're bombing our hard drives

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Re: What goes round, comes around

It is inconceivable to me that this point escapes american military and civilian leaders...

Regrettably it would seem that them's wots in power live in their own bubble that has its own reality. It's been going on forever. General Curtis LeMay wanted Kennedy to start WWIII over the Cuban missile crisis. Let's hope cooler heads prevail.

US can try extraditing Julian Assange next year, rules UK court

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Unhappy

Re: What 'crime' does the USA want him for ?

I suspect that regardless of the 'crimes', if his feet ever hit US soil, he can kiss his Aussie ass goodbye as he has pissed off those in high places and that can never be forgiven in West Pondia.

Hate your IT job? Sick of computers? Good news: An electronics-frying Sun superflare may hit 'in next 100 years'

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Coat

Re: Wait...

Didn't flares go out of fashion years ago?

Aren't flares those colourful plants that Kiwis grow in the gardens?

Uncle Sam wants to read your tweets, check out your Instagram, log your email addresses before you enter the Land of the Free on a visa

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Coat

Re: Lot$ of touri$m down the crapper, few benefits

* as in calls to abolish ICE which are unlikely to appeal to too many voters:

Too true. I couldn't live without my In Car Entertainment.

Magani
Big Brother

No passwords are requested.

Why would they need passwords when it would seem all the agencies have back doors (allegedly)?

Anyway, aren't they just reading this stuff. Shirley they wouldn't alter any old Farcebook comment you made in semi-jest years ago to make you look bad, would they? Would they....

Sorry, but the US of A, despite its awe-inspiring scenery, is off my bucket list until they divest themselves of this Orwellian penchant for delving down into my boring private life. My tourist dollars will be spent in more welcoming parts of this planet.

And as for ESTA, beware the frumious feature creep.

Introducing 'freedom gas' – a bit like the 2003 deep-fried potato variety, only even worse for you

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Mushroom

Freedom Gas...

...is what you get from eating refried beans.

Cue Blazing Saddles?

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

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As it was in the beginning...

...though the administration's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi operatives suggests trade interests matter more than human rights.

T'was ever thus.

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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FAIL

Boeing Score Sheet

So that's Bean Counters 0; Engineering 1;

but the travelling public -346.

Tesla big cheese Elon Musk warns staffers to tighten their belts in bid to cut expenses (again)

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Flame

Re: Battery fires

Yesterday the company updated battery software on Models S and X following vehicle fires in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Tesla said it was acting out of "an abundance of caution" and its engineers are still investigating the incidents.

Is this the same sort of 'abundance of caution' used by Boeing in the B737 MAX?

Asking for a friend...

Freed whistleblower Chelsea Manning back in jail for refusing to testify before secret grand jury

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WTF?

Re: One crime.

The floggings will continue until morale improves.

You're on a Huawei to Hell, China tells US: We'll fight import tariffs, trade war to bitter end

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Facepalm

The resident in a certain white house seems to be a slow learner.

The plane, it's 'splained, falls mainly without the brain: We chat to boffins who've found a way to disrupt landings using off-the-shelf radio kit

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Black Helicopters

It has a monitor

While the mass media has been on its usual click-baiting we're-all-gonna-die theme, no one seems to have raised the topic of the ILS monitoring sensors that ensure the beams are transmitting where they're supposed to be.

While my knowledge is now a bit rusty, it didn't take much to trigger an alarm if the beams weren't where they were supposed to be.

Black helicopters don't need no stinking ILS.

Timely Trump tariffs tax tech totally: 25 per cent levy on modems, fiber optics, networking gear, semiconductors…

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Diplomacy Speech

'China responded to the latest tariffs this week by saying that it "deeply regrets that it will have to take necessary countermeasures," '

That's a nice inscrutably Asian way of saying "We'll see your tariff and raise you until your eyes water".

What the blond coiffed one doesn't seem to realise is that China as a trading entity has been doing this for centuries. They learned their lessons in the two Opium Wars with the Brits. Donald-come-lately is never going to win.

NordVPN rapped by ad watchdog over insecure public Wi-Fi claims

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Linux

Re: Train WiFi was actually that bad for a while

Surely you mean :-

What... is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Asus: Yo dawg, we hear a million of you got pwned by a software update. So we got you an update for the update

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Coat

My money is on Angola, the sweaters are just an elaborate cover for their nefarious activities.

No way. They'd only make a goat of themselves.

Decoding the President, because someone has to: Did Trump just blow up concerted US effort to ban Chinese 5G kit?

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Linux

Four More Years?

at which point any negative consequences could damage his efforts at re-election.

Isn't he damaging his re-election chances just by being The Donald?

Curious Aptenodytes want to know.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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FAIL

A man ahead of his time

Were the robots supplied by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation with the new Genuine People Personality feature?

"Glad to be of service."

Vale, Douglas.

Zuck's 2019 tech talk tour should tackle the questions Facebook spent 2018 dodging

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Unhappy

Have a laugh?

After the year he's had, Mark Zuckerberg probably felt he deserved a bit of a laugh.

Unfortunately, it'll be at the expense of all FB users.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook apologizes for bug leaking private photos

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FAIL

Wonky Want

"We not only want to comply with the law, but ..."

Pro Tip: The law couldn't give a dead dingo's donger whether you want to comply or not. It's a LAW.

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