* Posts by Term

61 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jan 2011


NBN cable rules spark electricity network push-back


Am I missing something....

If they have to string new cable for the HFT would it not be just as easy to string fiber?

FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America


Free country?

I've always found the McCarthy era to be at odds with America's insistance that it's a free country.It just seem s that the majority of people (in power?) went insane.

NBN cost blows out by at least AU$10bn and FTTN isn't launched yet


"...and that's why we can have a $10B blow out and it's still Labor's fault, not ours"

Twitch stitch-up: Gaming vid streamers in data breach hack alert


Easy Peasy

"El Reg would suggest that if you haven't already, this is a good excuse to adopt a unique password for every site."

Because remembering 50+ passwords, all with upper/lower case, numbers and symbols and not based on dictionary words is EASY!

Shock development: Darkweb drug n' gun dealers are untrustworthy



No honour amongst thieves! Who would have thought it.

NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA


Consumers = Thieves

MPAA still treating their customers as criminals...

Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'


presided over the 4 biggest budget deficits in Australia's history!

And the GFC had nothing to do with it I expect?

Help-desk hell


Tech Support stories go back a long way...

My Granddad was a TV technician when they were still a new technology.

Just before the coronation of EQ2 in '52 he had a lot of support calls. One call was from a person who had an intermittent problem with their TV, my Granddad said they would need to bring it in so he could do a soak test on it. They declined saying it was going to be too expensive. A couple of weeks later he gets a call from them to say that the TV was now green, so he decided to pop around and have a look. He found the TV had mould on it, it turned out they had decided to soak test it themselves in the bath.

Welcome to 'Vulture South'

Paris Hilton

Vulture South or Vulture Wastland

We've had the same 5 Top Stories now for what seems like ages, all bland Australian ones. Surly there are other news from around the world that could class as a top story or are we only going to get Australian top stories from now o

I originally started reading The Register for its humour and no bullshit style, there are lots of Oz bland PR fluff publications around, we don't need another one.

El Reg - its not like there is a lot of Spanish speaking people in the UK as well.

US condom rules 'will cause nasty RED RINGS on porn stars' todgers'


Double Standard?

American porn stars have to use condoms to stop STDs including HIV but foreign aid to 3rd world countries can't be used to promote condom use to stop the spread of HIV.

Australian gamers can get high and naked


War on drugs....

Mass murder OK.

Drug dealing morally reprehensible.

Content convenience squeezes freetards: Swinburne Uni


Now, if only...

the content, like Doctor Who, was in HD then even less people would use P2P.

Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout


Re: Sunk cost

"....will allow, us plebs, to transverse the big oceans in a matter of three hours or less... Imagine that!"

Welcome to 1983!

1st Jan 1983 - British Airways Concorde sets a new New York to London record of 2 hours 56 minutes.

29 years ago!

RIP Harry Harrison: Stainless Steel Rat scurries no more


The Stainless Steel Rat...

...will never tarnish! RIP.

Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts


Re: Really?

If you're already handing over the ability of a cloud service to remotely wipe your smart phone, tablet and laptop, surely your mobile phone number is the least of your security concerns!

Tracking Android phones is easy, says researcher


Why just Android phones?

Yeah didn't explain that one. What about iphone and that Nokia /MS phone?

AIIA takes the ‘Australian’ out of price-gouge concerns


Re: It isn't just IT

That's not much of a price difference. The difference could be down to other factors like the demand for ice skating and population density. The opposite could be true of, say a surf training business.

But I agree it not just IT, I bought a box set of season 1-4 of Doctor Who for a Christmas present from the UK, cost plus shipping it came to $68, the cheapest I could find here in Australia was at JB HiFi at $264!

I hope something does come of this enquiry.

Black hole swallows star in GALACTIC SUPER-GUZZLE!


Re: So how rare is this?

Well a quick search reports that there are 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the observable Universe. So the occurrence is quite often BUT you have to be looking at the right Galaxy at the right time, a 1 in 100 billion chance?


Re: This doesn't make sense:

I saw that too, must be a typo by our infallible Reg reporter.

30-year-old global temperature predictions close to spot-on


I'm confused...

I thought the Reg was anti-climate change, this seems to support it? An editorial error perhaps?

Google ads 'misleading and deceptive'


STA Travel...

... in the clear then? They didn't do anything wrong, it was Google fault?

Okaaaay, but I'd like to see the reasoning behind it.


Re: How odd

If you access the BBC website from anywhere but the UK, then you get adverts. I wish you could blame Telstra for this but you can't, it's the BBC you should be pointing the finger at.

Oz launches DNSChanger testing site


Why can't the FBI do this?

Surely the FBI can display a message telling people that their machine is infected and it'll stop working soon?

Firefox gobbles H.264 to serve up vids to mobes, slabs


I don't use Android Firefox on my phone...

Not because it doesn't support H.264 but because it doesn't support Flash.

I know, Flash is going the way of the Dodo but at this very moment in time it is still used extensively on the web, and not just for ads mind you.

So until Firefox supports Flash or the web converts to HTML5, I won't be using it.

ANZ bid for super telescope down to the wire


Exabyte of data a day...

"Hosting the telescope would create an almost incomparable "big data" project for the winner, demanding huge data links and computing power to handle the daily exabyte of data the instruments would collect"

South Africa maybe but Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zambia?

The seven types of online commenter


Re: First

You're asking which type your post fits into, that'll be Type 2.


Re: Clearly flawed

Type 6

Telstra tips assets into NBN Co


Re: All those tubes.

at least fibre is more resistant to the effects of water than copper.

EFF accuses Warner of spamming DMCA takedown notices


Re: Stop me if you've heard this?

I'm not sure which article you read but the one I read clearly states that EFF filed a 'friend of the court', see 2nd Paragraph, 1st Sentence. Thus they are NOT suing WB.

Data centers to cut LAN cord?


Wardrivers delight?

Unless the Data Centre is in a Faraday Cage wouldn't wireless hacking be a problem?

Just a thought...

Samoa takes day off to skip International Date Line


Sydney time isn't GMT

"...has shifted from being 23 hours behind to three hours ahead of GMT."

Three hours ahead of GMT (GMT+3) would surly put Samoa somewhere in the Middle East?

Three hours ahead of Sydney time would leave the country where it is in the Pacific.

Parallel politics: Gerry Harvey, imports and taxes


As the Reg says, it's not the GST

A few months ago I bought a box set of the first four seasons of Doctor Who as a Christmas present for someone. Here in Australia the best price was at JB HiFi at about $287. In the end I bought it from Amazon UK for $64 with free shipping.

There is no way that adding 10% GST on to it would have changed my mind in purchasing from amazon UK!

I've also bought the BluRay Boxset of the complete Harry Potter films for $49 (free shipping again), in JB HiFi it's for sale for $139 + postage. Oh, I also got the BluRay edition of the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy but I've forgotten how much I didn't spend buying that here :-).

Prices and exchange rates have changed since these purchases but there is no way that a 10% GST explains the price difference. Just look at that Doctor Who boxed set S1-4, $287 vs $64, I mean WTF! Someone, somewhere is gouging...


US spy drone hijacked with GPS spoof hack, report says

Black Helicopters

Perhaps the military encrypted GPS signal was being jammed and the drone fell back to using the civilian GPS?

Fake anti-virus victims in line for slice of $8m payout pie


Get Out of Jail Free

"The firm agreed surrender the ill-gotten gains to settle FTC (Federal Trade Commission) charges..."

So the $8 Million was a sort of 'Get Out of Jail Free' card was it?

No charges, no chance of a conviction...

Man sues boss for 'condemning him to eternal damnation'


666 or 616?

According to the oldest copy of the book of Revelations (~1700 yo) the number of the beast is 616. So the poor chap was already damned to eternal hell 50 days previously!

Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich code


Humble Pie

I'm now waiting for the Reg to eat it's humble pie.

Come on, man-up and start eating!

Google report reveals YouTube takedown requests... by country


Copyright takedown dial indecator...

is in Larry's office being used as a desk fan.

Microsoft gets trademark for retail store plans



A Trademark isn't the same as a Patent!

Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

Paris Hilton

But, but, but...

You're trying to use logic here, with the iPhone fanboi, it has nothing to do with logic!

As you've already said, it's a fashion statement and as with all things fashion related it's got nothing to do with logic.

Finance software bug causes $217m in investor losses


"The SEC said Rosenberg willfully violated anti-fraud provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940"

No conviction or jail time then?

I wonder if his bonus(es) for those years cover the fine? Probably.

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO



I'm supprised that 'iQuit' wasn't in the sub heading... Is the Reg loosing it?

Hunt refers News Corp/BSkyB bid to Competition Commish


Not Australian?

Didn't he renounce his Australian Citizenship to become a US citizen so he could buy US Papers?

So please don't litter Ayres Rock, how about Death Valley instead?

Wii U has 50 per cent more power than rivals


Only one WiiU remote.

Anyone got a link about this which isn't from a third party. I'm not saying it's not true but there does seem to be a lot of rumours.

Nintendo coughs to using Xbox, PS3 footage at Wii U event


Looks like it was skimping on testing...


The link you gave has this gem in it:

"The problems began before the Xbox 360s got to the market. The testing machines were not ready, and the battery of tests that they ran were not fully developed. That meant that the testing machines would inspect the Xbox 360s coming off the line and approve them for shipment, even though there were likely flaws."

Cybercrooks turn Eve Online into botnet battlefield



Misquote FTL! Dave Marry didn't say that, you lose.

Try rereading what he actually said.

Playboy sneaks NAKED LADIES onto iPad


Subscribe? No...

I'll wait for the Bit Torrent / Usenet version...

Elite coder readies £15 programming gadget for schools


wires at the top

I assumed the wires at the top was for the display....


uggest for lapsed programmers like me to get the bug again

BBC Basic for Windows perhaps?


Includes access to Windows API's, DirectX etc.

Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made


Yep seen it

wackypedia says that the anime was made in 1984.


Therefore it shouldn't be in this list.