* Posts by Magani

901 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Sep 2008

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X marks the spot where Twitter's severance math doesn't add up

Magani
Happy

Re: Dollars to dollars

AUD (Australian Dollars): AKA South Pacific micro-Pesos

China miffed over electric vehicle tariff tiff with EU

Magani
FAIL

So what's new?

"China miffed..."

Every time anyone in a non-Communist country says something vaguely critical of China, they get miffed.

They would have to be the most thin-skinned country on this planet.

Beijing wants more outfits like Temu teeming around the world

Magani
Facepalm

Really?

Just what the world needs - another on-line tat bazaar.

Tesla chair begs investors to bless Musk's billions or face an Elon exodus

Magani
Facepalm

Re: "The thrust is that retaining Musk's extraordinary talent takes extraordinary compensation"

""This is obviously not about the money...." Tesla Board Chairperson Robyn Denholm

Huh?? Of course it's about the money.

AI future: Nvidia boffin hopes 'everything that moves will eventually be autonomous'

Magani
Big Brother

"The robots are coming"

So did the Summit come up with a new date for Skynet to become self-aware?

Undersea bit-barn biz offers 90-day trial of submerged server system

Magani
Flame

And where is that heat going?

So, a novel way to further warm the oceans?

Qantas app glitch sees boarding passes fly to other accounts

Magani
Facepalm

Test new code? Nah...

"Current investigations indicate that it was caused by a technology issue and may have been related to recent system changes,"

In other words, the IT mob tested an update on the production system.

Australia to fund $620M quantum computer claimed to be first at 'utility-scale'

Magani
Big Brother

Uses?

'Which still leaves open the question of what Australia's machine will be used for. '

Cracking end-to-end encryption if ASIO has anything to do with it.

Samsung shows off battery tech it says will see you gone in nine minutes

Magani
Facepalm

Re: Great news

"Won't catch fire thanks to built-in vents."

From the same train of thought that brought you the 'unsinkable' Titanic.

Australia’s spies and cops want ‘accountable encryption’ - aka access to backdoors

Magani
Big Brother

Anyone heard of Echelon?

Are they meaning to say that Echelon hasn't already cracked this problem or is this just obfuscation?

As a member in good standing of the Five Eyes, wouldn't 'Straya already be a party to this?

<No other icon choice feasible.>

Elon Musk's X to challenge Australian content takedown orders in court

Magani
Pint

Ah, you've gotta love the Betoota Advocate!

Have a XXXX.

NASA warns as huge solar flare threatens comms, maybe astronauts too

Magani
Coat

A sunny outlook

What's this solar thing? I always thought flares were what Kiwis grew in their gardens.

Australian supercomputer 'Taingiwilta' comes online this year with [REDACTED] inside

Magani
Black Helicopters

Re: What can be inferred?

"Then there's the size of the building..."

The rumour is that it'll be installed inside Bugs Bunny outside the Russell Offices with the ears used for radiant cooling.

(Canberra denizens will get the reference.)

Vietnam to collect biometrics - even DNA - for new ID cards

Magani
Big Brother

Thinks...

Is Vietnam becoming a little China-in-Training?

Chunks of deorbiting ESA satellite are expected to reach the ground

Magani
Unhappy

A bit more precision required

"...will end up in the ocean."

Umm, Which ocean did you have in mind? There are at least 6 that I can think of, and numerous large 'Seas'.

"Having used up the last of the fuel, the mission officially ended..."

While IANAAstrophysicist, why not deorbit this device while they still had fuel and could actually control, to a larger extent, where on Earth (literally) it was going to splash down?

Australia passes Right To Disconnect law, including (for now) jail time for bosses who email after-hours

Magani
FAIL

Re: Peter “Potato Head” Dutton is morphing...

"...Mr PH is perhaps the least worst of an altogether very sorry lot.

A sad indictment of what we've got ourselves into.

As I once commented about one of my students, "Sets a low standard which he fails to achieve.".

Magani
Meh

"The coalition has a snowflake's chance in hell of winning the next election if they keep Dutton as leader, he's so breathtakingly out of touch.

FTFY

That's not the web you're browsing, Microsoft. That's our data

Magani
Happy

Keeps one on Edge.

:"...every time Microsoft's flagship Edge browser starts up, it helps itself to open Chrome tab data..."

I knew there was a reason I only opened Edge in the Sandbox (There are some sites that don't like Brave).

Researchers remotely exploit devices used to manage safe aircraft landings and takeoffs

Magani
Boffin

A bit of a long bow to draw?

Start with

"Criminals could remotely tamper with the data that apps used by airplane pilots rely on to inform safe takeoff and landing procedures, according to fresh research."

and finish with

"Our analysis, confirmed by EASA, showed that there was no safety issue thanks to the security procedures in place to validate flight-relevant data..."

Yes, it's possible, but hardly likely if you read the whole article. Come on, El Reg, let's not have click-bait headlines. You're better than that.

Wikileaks source and former CIA worker Joshua Schulte sentenced to 40 years jail

Magani
Pint

Re: Really?

"... in an encrypted container beneath three layers of password protection..."

What? No sign on the door saying, "Beware of the Leopard!"

YouTube video lag wrongly blamed on its ad-blocking animus

Magani
Happy

Brave + PiHole

That is all.

Zuckerberg hunkers down in Hawaii to wait out apocalypse

Magani
Unhappy

Douglas was prescient

"Otherwise humanity's greatest hope will be a race of CEO-descended inbred mole people. "

I believe we still have space on the Golgafrinchan B Ark.

Is it 2000 or 2023? Get ready for AI-anchored news. Again

Magani
Unhappy

Riiiight...

"The LA-based virtual station claims all news it presents will be fact-checked by humans to ensure accuracy before being placed in the virtual mouths of its artificial newsreaders. "

Why is my Bovine Excrement Detector needle suddenly hitting 11? What could possibly go wrong?

UK government woefully unprepared for 'catastrophic' ransomware attack

Magani
Happy

'Yes, Minister' was a documentary.

Ditto 'Frontline' and 'Utopia' in Oz.

British railway system is getting another excuse for delays – solar storms

Magani
Coat

Re: So, let's review

Will no-one think of the leaves?

Australian video-streamer lets users opt out of ads for burgers, booze, and betting

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Thumb Up

Re: Bets, burgers and booze

Much the same reason our channel selector stays on the ABC.

Infosys launches aviation cloud it claims can halve lost luggage

Magani
Coat

Which is it?

"...claims it could reduce lost luggage by fifty percent."

So does is nick half the contents, or chop the lost bag in half?

Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay abruptly announces departure

Magani
Meh

"Sudden Departure"

A 'Sudden Departure' sometimes begs the question: Did he jump or was he pushed?

Scientists turn to mid-20th century tech for low-power underwater comms

Magani
Unhappy

Really?

"...they created devices able to transmit acoustic signals at kilometer-plus ranges...

Just what whales and dolphins need... More underwater noise.

Samsung realizes behaving ethically is good for business, says compliance boss

Magani
Happy

Re: Behaving ethically is good for business

Gee. Who would have thought that one could do the right thing, AND have it improve your business. Whatever will they think of next?

</sarcasm>

UK flights disrupted by 'technical issue' with air traffic computer system

Magani
Headmaster

Dear Brandon Vigliarolo

"NOTAMS is responsible ..."

No. Try 'NOTAMs are responsible...'. NOTAM is singular.

FTFY

China – which surveils everyone everywhere – floats facial recognition rules

Magani
Big Brother

Whoda thunk it?

Pot, meet kettle.

Beijing wants to make the Great Firewall of China even greater

Magani
Big Brother

Dear Eric Blair

"Internet and information technology departments at all levels must be loyal to the Party and the people,..."

Nothing says a government's loyalty to the people like censorship and isolationism.

Is the CCP using '1984' as a user guide? Double plus ungood.

China sets AI rules that protect IP, people, the planet, and The Party

Magani
Big Brother

Wrong Order?

"China sets AI rules that protect IP, people, the planet, and The Party"

Presumably, knowing the CCP, not necessarily in that order.

Threads versus Twitter: Shouldn't we be happy the wheels are falling off antisocial social media?

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Re: Freedom is an illusion

"Lunchtime doubly so."

Close, but we'll take it.

Vale Douglas.

Open the pod bay doors, GPT, and see if you're smart enough for the real world

Magani
Thumb Up

Re: Horse discovered in college bathroom

An upvote for the reference to DGHDA! Well played, that man!

Magani
Unhappy

Two sides of the coin

Just about anything humans have invented can be used for good or ill.

This would seem to be yet another one, only with a lot more potential for the latter.

Feds, you'll need a warrant for that cellphone border search

Magani
Black Helicopters

Don't get too contented.

"... barring exigent circumstances."

Anyone care to place a bet on the increasing number of 'exigent circumstances.' that might crop up?

Turns out people don't like it when they suspect a machine's talking to them

Magani
Happy

Re: Chatbot

I've mentioned it before, but "My hovercraft is full of eels" works in most situations.

Anyone want an International Space Station? Slightly used

Magani
Happy

What's the sound of an RFP?

""Our goal is to go out with an RFP..."

So more like a wimper than a bang?

To the Banmobile! Huawei inks deal to create global high-end automotive brand

Magani

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.

Joseph Heller; Catch 22

NASA's Orion Moon capsule to splash down this Sunday

Magani
Headmaster

Pedant alert

"...USS Portland, an amphibious ship..."

I think you'll find that while the USS Portland may carry amphibious vehicles, it is not actually capable of operating on land.

Israel sets robotic target-tracking turrets in the West Bank

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Thanks to the commentards above

"What they need to do is sort themselves out in a non-violent way which they have always seemed really keen not to do."

They seem to have been 'not keen' to do it since 14th May, 1948. Maybe it's time to let the adults sort it out?

Twitter is suffering from mad bro disease. Open thinking can build it back better

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly

Also they need to change the expression 'near miss' to the less acceptable but more accurate 'near hit'.

China reminds world shock and ore can hurt tech supply chains

Magani
Unhappy

Just saying...

...that the elephant in the room can also be a bully with a huge penchant for self-interest.

Luxury smartphone brand returns with $41,500 device

Magani
Flame

The ideal phone for those who care more about what others think of them.

"Himalayan Alligator Leather" HUH? Everyone knows Himalayan Alligators have fur like the Yeti.

Love,

Austin Tacious

Significant customer data exposed in attack on Australian telco

Magani
Flame

NOT HAPPY, JAN!

Coming up to 3 days after the data breach was detected by Optus and not a thing from them in either email or SMS.

Goodbye, humans: Call centers 'could save $80b' switching to AI

Magani
Happy

Eels and hovercraft for the win!

I have now reverted to the epic line, "My hovercraft is full of eels" when the AI wants me to, "... describe your problem in a few words".

Only takes a couple of repeats before they give up and I get a real human.

Bosses using AI to hire candidates risk discriminating against disabled applicants

Magani
Holmes

Seems an apt quote

"To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer."

Paul Erlich

Google shows off immersive maps, AR-flavored search, Pixel 7, and more

Magani
Big Brother

A slight misquote

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, opened the keynote by sounding familiar themes. He leaned into the implied sentiment, "We're here to help,"'

We regret that our CEO's quote was accidentally truncated in the autocue. What he was meant to say was...

"We're here to help gather and onsell as much data about our users as possible."

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