* Posts by Precordial thump

113 posts • joined 8 Jun 2019


Facebook overpaid FTC fine by up to '$4.9bn' to protect Zuckerberg, lawsuits allege

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Re: Underestimating Zuck

It would be consistent for insider trading to be the weakness that brings Faecebook down. Al Capone's business model may have been racketeering and murder, but it was tax evasion that saw him shipped off to Alcatraz.

I would drive 100 miles and I would drive 100 more just to be the man that drove 200 miles to... hit the enter key

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Re: Worst case I ever saw ...

Well, that's one fewer sunrises you'll have to sit through...

Apple's M1 MacBook screens are stunning – stunningly fragile and defective, that is, lawsuits allege

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My drosophila

Has been melanogastered.

Off yer bike: Apple warns motorcycles could shake iPhone cameras out of focus forever

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breaking news: iPhone is really an Etch-a-sketch

Want to save a picture? Don't shake it.

Confessions of a ransomware negotiator: Well, somebody's got to talk to the criminals holding data hostage

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Re: Shah and his team get very little intelligence from the police

free movement of individuals between countries...? Mmmm, not so much.

Australia rules Facebook page operators are legally liable for user comments under posts

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Re: Innocent until proven guilty

That would be the agenda of being the only media agency in the country obliged by law to maintain a standard of factual accuracy, and to correct the record in case of errors.

Branson (in a) pickle: FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights after billionaire's space trip veered off course

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That was Apollo 1, wasn't it? Or was that Soyuz 1? Or...

The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so

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Re: Pural

Language is from Latin but speech and tongue are from German. Vocabulary is from Latin but words are from German.

You often find the basic idea has a Germanic origin, but as soon as the idea gets a bit highfalutin', it's Latin or Greek to the rescue.

Interesting factoid: out of the whole famous "We shall fight them on the beaches..." speech, the only non-Germanic root was from French: surrender.

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain

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Re: Government has responded by lifting caps on daily driving limits from nine hours to 11

55m-long triples barreling through the Pilbara full of ammonium nitrate. One of them wouldn't have difficulty getting through York at all. There might not be much York left after, though.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

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Re: Sorry to disappoint

Easy if you do it in binary:

x = 1.11111111111111... (1)

2x = 11.1111111111111... (2)

2x - x = 10.00000000000... (2)-(1)

x = 10 = 1.11111111111111....

= 2(base 10)

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Re: Engineering approximation

3^3i+1 != 0, though

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Re: they are now the last known digits of Pi

This value is enough to calculate the circumference of the universe to 1:10^-12 the diameter of a neutron.

Now, let's measure the radius of the universe to that sort of accuracy. Anyone?

Dallas cops lost 8TB of criminal case data during bungled migration, says the DA... four months later

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Re: "data migration of a network drive caused [...] deletion"

There goes our chances of finding out who really shot JFK

$600m in cryptocurrencies swiped from Poly Network

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Gallows Humour

For black humour on the topic of gruesome executions, it's still hard to go past Samuel Pepys:

I went out to Charing Cross, to see Major-general Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition.

Exsparko-destructus! What happens when wand waving meets extremely poor wiring

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Re: Tagline


Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Re: Your headline reminds me...

Sorry to burst your collective bubble, but up here in Australia it's universally known as sticky tape.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: Windows 11 benefits the to retail channel

So we get to the fundamental dichotomy which explains the heated views when subjects like this come up: what's your model of obsolescence?

For enterprises in the hundreds or thousands of users, this is just one, slightly bigger, upwards step on the down-escalator of upgrades. It's budgeted for, the IT department gets paid, the costs get passed on to the end user anyway, so just let that set of capitalistic cogs keep on turning.

For private users and small businesses, it's a big deal, because an endless chain of rent-seeking big businesses all have their hands in your pocket to take advantage of, in this case, a cosmetic change given a patina of significance, which breaks something that was working ok in the first place.

And the environment gets shafted regardless.

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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The answer was in the Book of Numbers

Watch the moment China's Zhurong rover lands on Mars, hear it truckin' for the first time

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Re: That looks remarkably like a human shadow...

CCP has strong feelings about people who stand in front of vehicles with caterpillar-tracks...

You had one job: Akamai's Prolexic Denial-of-Service protection system fingered after users in Australia denied, er, services

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Regrettably, your website is scheduled for demolition

Prolexic Vogon Jeltz up to his old tricks.

Intrepid Change.org user launches petition to make Jeff Bezos' space trip one-way

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Re: Never work

"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?

That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun.

Tom Lehrer - he knew even more than he let on!

'Welcome to Perth' mirth being milked for all it's worth

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Re: Sydney thinks it is Oz

Most livable according to The Economist.

Let's examine the economics of allowing a pandemic to run unchecked through a population. Then let's examine the ethics of that.

Thanks, boss. The accidental creation of a lights-out data centre – what a fun surprise

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Re: I may have mentioned this one before...

Take the Williamstown line train to Spotswood, pleasant stroll down to Scienceworks if you want to see it in (simulated) action.

Flying dildo poses a slap in the face for serious political debate

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Re: Children

'cause they can't spell their names

China reveals plan to pump out positive news about itself. Let's see what happens when that lands with social media fact-checkers

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All reactionaries are paper tigers.

It's come to something when the most positive thing that could happen for the well-being of the people of a communist country is a socialist revolution.

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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Until you start reading the articles, you're only in it for the downvotes.

Being fooled by a false name and stolen (invalid) ID is one thing; failing to acknowledge and promptly make good the error when a man's freedom and good reputation are on the line is another. But then lying and tampering with recorded evidence to gloss over the faults in the system seems to show that a smack in the face with a hefty damages payout is all that will make these companies sit up and take notice.

He that filches from me my good name...

Who gave dusty Soviet-era spacecraft that unwanted lick of paint? It was an idiot, with a spraycan, in Baikonur

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Graffitists who seem to know their space history, anyway.

Cheers, Yuri!

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary

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Re: Warranties

Gotta love Australian consumer law for that reason. Very simple, at retail a product must be

- free from defects

- fit for purpose

- of merchantable quality

Practical upshot is that if a reasonable person expects something should last 2, 3 years without breaking down, it's still under warranty.

Should have seen how soon a fruity PC and phone maker gave out an RMA once I told them I thought their 13-month old "out of warranty" product with a defective screen (known manufacturer defect, but not subject to recall) wasn't of merchantable quality. Not the sort of thing you want found reported in the rulings of a Civil Administrative Tribunal.

It's sad how many people buy extended warranties not knowing this. If they can predict a risk of failure high enough to warrant selling you an extended warranty, then the law gives it to you free.

This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook faced surprisingly tough questioning from judge

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content intended to be offensive,

insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust, in exceptionally poor taste, or just plain creepy is disallowed

And yet you can still download the faecebook app...

China all but bans cryptocurrencies

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Re: Self Interest, Public Interest

China has a self interest in making sure you can't turn Chinese-generated electricity into BTC and use it to buy foreign currency, bring it back on shore, and convert it to under-valued CNY.

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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Re: @Cuddles - Post apocalyptic visions of what?

Spun up an instance of Win2k in a VirtualBox VM for precisely that reason. Zero installation hassles.

Now pardon me, but my 737 is about to take off from Chicago O'Hare...

Perl changes dev's permaban for 'unacceptable' behaviour to a year-long lockout after community response

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Re: Life time bans....

Before sunset

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

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Re: Deep Fried *

For just a moment there I thought you were about to tell us what deep-fried guinea pig tastes like.

If you're the 1% and have 10 mins to spare this July, bid for a place on first Blue Origin space tourism launch

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Just checking...

Melinda Gates just made a booking but the ticket was for Bill...

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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Re: WA roundabouts

Drove the 3300km from Broome to Perth (via Karijini); 1 traffic light north of the Swan River. It was between Port Hedland and South Hedland. It was green.

WA country drivers are great. Everyone waves to everyone else. Slow down for a wave and a thumbs-up if you're stopped at the side of the road (survival is important like that). The B-triple beer truck that had tipped over on its side at Auski Roadhouse was such a display of a community at work; people had driven for miles to help that poor driver.

Oodles of roundabouts in Broome. Such a nice town. I suspect it is the town of >10000 people furthest away from any other town of at least the same size.

If you're not actually in Perth, WA's traffic controls are... minimalistic.

iPhone XR caught fire after getting trapped in airline passenger's seat

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The phone exists in a superposition of lost and found states until someone goes looking for it. It's only when you find it that you know whether it's exploded or not.

Would be so cool if everyone normalized these pesky data leaks, says data-leaking Facebook in leaked memo

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Re: Tactics of the ...

Given the weasel words which make up Faecebook's statement, cute pictures of mustelidae are about to start trending.

Committed to tackling it, but not actually tackling it.

Key Perl Core developer quits, says he was bullied for daring to suggest programming language contained 'cruft'

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Re: Toxicity

Describing it as mythic doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It just reflects the observer's state of faith in its existence, which reflects more on the observer than the culture.

Now dropbears, on the other hand... they exist.

Oracle vs Google: No, the Supreme Court did not say APIs aren't copyright – and that's a good thing

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Re: Sherlock Holmes story

Only if you make and sell "Sherlock Holmes" brand magnifying glasses, deerstalkers and Meerschaum pipes.

And as long as you keep doing so, the trademark doesn't expire.

Is that... is that a piece of Unikitty? Remembering Skylab via the medium of Lego

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dropped on Western Australia

I've just driven the Nullarbor, passing through Balladonia, the nearest civilisation (sic) to where the bits that fell to Earth landed. If you have the time to drive 10 hours East of Perth, you can still see some of them, if you like. And buy petrol at $1.93/L.

If you were to drop this model out your car window as you travel past, the local Shire might treat you the way they did NASA back in the day; $400 fine for littering.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'

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Re: Ahhh.


Fscking autocorrect

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Re: Ahhh.

You're free to breach lockdown and pose a public health risk. You're also free to pay the fine.

"...I believe in freedom. Not many people do, although they will, of course, tell you otherwise. And no practical definition of freedom is complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based." Havelock, Lord Vetinari. (With eternal gratitude to Sir Pretty)

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bogan alert

You'll know they're worrying about enrollments when they start banning students about moccasins, stretch denim and black t-shirts with the pack of ciggies tucked under the sleeves.

Ship stranded in Suez Canal shifts, but not before spawning some choice tech memes

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Re: Dual redundant canal jokes?

Spike Milligan was there first. From The Great Trans-Africa Canal...

Seagoon: "With the closing of the canal, British aeroplanes are forced to fly around the Cape. It is my intention to cut a canal across Africa, so that they can fly over that."

Crun: "Fly over a canal? But if they crash, they'll all drown!"

Seagoon: "But they can't in this canal - there's not going to be any water in it!"

Listen to The Sound of Perseverance: Not the death metal album, but NASA's Mars rover on the move

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Re: Scratching

Whomp-rat, obvs.

License to thrill: Ahead of v13.0, the FreeBSD team talks about Linux and the completed toolchain project that changes everything

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Re: "we don't have one big dictator"

No, it isn't.

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative

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Re: Too late

Fabulous, as something out of an instructive fairy-tale.

Incredible, as something defying reasonable belief.

The sooner AI stops trying to mimic human intelligence, the better – as there isn't any

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Re: Learns?

Yikes. I wouldn't want to be there when your 2-year-old ate your hot dog.

Intel told by jury to pay $2.18bn to VLSI for ripping off two semiconductor patents

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it's obvious

I seem to remember that MS sought and were granted a patent on the idea of testing for inequality by a negating modifier to the test for equality, i.e. "Is Not". Eventually it was struck down for obviousness, but only after the lawyers took their cut.

In sane countries patents apply to implementations: processes and methods, not ideas and algorithms. Something's gone very wrong somewhere.

A word to the Wyse: Smoking cigars in the office is very bad for you... and your monitor

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Re: Clogged Computers

Ceramic packaging?



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