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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

Vylen Super PAC... (465 comments)

-MAN? As a non-American, I saw a lot of PAC but still had no idea what this was talking about. Until I Wiki'd what PAC could have possibly stood for.

about 3 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

Vylen Re:orly? (229 comments)

Having FTTH was to also not be reliant on the ageing copper network that has been shown to be temporarily fixed at areas with grocery shopping bags. There are regular outages as the copper fails and millions are spent in maintaining patchwork solutions.

about 8 months ago
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Criminal Complaint Filed Against Facebook After Girl's Death

Vylen Bullying must stop (559 comments)

This is undoubtedly singing the same tune that will most likely go on for decades to come but bullying must be brought to a end.

Parenting can only go so far - it's ridiculous to assume that telling your adolescent and hormonal child to be strong in the face of adversary will stop them from killing themselves. This poor girl left a note apologising for not being strong enough.

There's also no chance that one parent will lecture or attempt to teach another a child that bullying is wrong - that's, unfortunately, not their place. Of course, one parent could talk to another but that's only if they know.... which if often not the case.

However, there should be some figure of authority that should be able to do something...

If bullying is witnessed in the playground, a teacher would usually bring it to an end, and (hopefully) punish the bully - lecture them, make them sincerely apologise, etc. Although there's been ridiculous cases where teachers end up lecturing the bullied - that just infuriates me.

So, if this would occur in the schools and playgrounds, why not in the digital realm? It shouldn't be Facebook staff, in this case, but it should be the parents at the least. They really need to look after what their children are doing and what's happening to them. Facebook and other social media sites are just giant playgrounds for kids except there's no teachers around and that's always a recipe for disaster.

Of course, this should be all within reason - don't exactly want parents digitally stalking their kids 24/7 but it's not difficult to just check peoples walls every once in a while...

Anyway, that's enough ranting - hopefully that all makes sense.

about a year ago
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How an Aussie University Creates the World's Best Hackers

Vylen Re:Richard Buckland (76 comments)

Richard Buckland is currently working on internet voting and the security involved around that.

Fionnbharr Davies is actually an ex-student of Richard.

I know this being a UNSW graduate and a student of Richard as well :)

Fionnbharr was quite the unusual character but quite devoted to his studies cause he just found it fun. No surprises here that he enjoys lecturing for the same reasons!

about a year ago
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Is It Worth Paying Extra For Fast SD Cards?

Vylen Seasoned professional photographers... (164 comments)

... would take less burst shots than amateurs since they would know when to take a shot after having already framed it in their mind.

Amateurs (and enthusiasts like myself) can often use burst shooting for shoot-and-pray. Hopefully amongst those photos something good came out!

about a year ago
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Data Analyst Spoils the World's Biggest Song Vote

Vylen Re:How is this spoiling? (165 comments)

I don't think the results were spoiled as such. More that the 'fun' of betting on who would top the list was spoiled - especially given that some betting outlets halted bets on the list as a consequence of the analysis.

about a year and a half ago
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Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules

Vylen What was violated? (319 comments)

TFA says that it violates two UN rules/moratoria with mention of one that limits ocean fertilisation projects... and probably something about not doing this sort of thing for commercial gain.

Can anyone else shed some light as to what was actually violated? Especially with the business man (George) in charge of the project claiming that such moratoria are "myths" and don't apply.

about 2 years ago
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FBI Issues Android Virus Warning

Vylen Re:Which Android? (129 comments)

A link within these advertisements leads to a website that is designed to push Loozfon on the user's device.

FinFisher can be easily transmitted to a Smartphone when the user visits a specific web link or opens a text message masquerading as a system update.

Based on that, it'd be simple websites telling people to download some installer/apk.

about 2 years ago
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In Under 10 Hours, Google Patches Chrome To Plug Hole Found At Its Pwnium Event

Vylen Re:Non-existant QA? (113 comments)

Depends on what was modified.

Identify the module(s) impacted by the change required for the fix. Apply the fix. Test the fix works, then regression test the modules. Given small system then there's probably no problem for a 10 hour turn around - right?

about 2 years ago
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In Under 10 Hours, Google Patches Chrome To Plug Hole Found At Its Pwnium Event

Vylen Pinkie Pie? (113 comments)

So a My Little Pony hacked up Chrome?

I await the fan art for this visual image!

about 2 years ago
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Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built

Vylen Re:A bright idea? (36 comments)

To find the ice, a rover thus must operate as close to the dark poles as possible, but not so far that it can't use solar arrays for power, Whittaker said. Polaris thus has three large solar arrays, arranged vertically to capture light from low on the horizon. The solar arrays will be capable of an average of 250 watts of electrical power.

So, I guess it'll be in craters that are shadowed by the depth of the walls of the crater, but by not too deep of a crater so as long as the panels are taller than them?

about 2 years ago
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Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation

Vylen I got a couple calls from them... (110 comments)

Which I found amusing at first, especially since I run a Mac ;)

The first time they called, I hung up immediately since I had better things to do. The second time, though, I got fairly annoyed at the guy who sounded like he was on the other side of the world in a shack somewhere. I wanted to probe him and ask questions - he claimed to be calling on behalf of my ISP, but did not disclose a name. He wouldn't answer any of my queries and kept on talking and talking - until silence and hung up.

And here I was planning on setting up a Virtual Machine and let them tinker with it to see what they did if they ever called me again - guess that ain't going to happen any more!

about 2 years ago
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Australia Attorney General Proposes New Laws To Stop Twitter Trolls

Vylen Re:Australia doesnt have Free Speech provisions (213 comments)

The location of the server doesn't matter when it comes to defamation law in Australia. The test case was Dow Jones & Co. Inc. v Gutnick.

Despite the article in question that allegedly defamed Australian Joseph Gutnick, was published by an American company and provided via American servers, the case of defamation was allowed to be tried in the Australian state of Victoria. The key point being that the defamation occurs at the place the communication is received (in this case, Australia), not where it is stored.

about 2 years ago
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Partisan Food Fight Erupts Over NASA, Commercial Space

Vylen Not a fight over food? (164 comments)

Seriously, the headline had me thinking it was about a fight over food supplies in space with issues regarding commercial vendors to supply NASA or something.

Greatly disappointed :(

about 2 years ago
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Researcher Finds Security Holes In FAA's New Flight Control System

Vylen Re:Misleading title... (60 comments)

Nothing, as so to speak. ATC systems are not entirely autonomous systems. People, whether they be air traffic control or the pilots have to interpret the information and act on them.

about 2 years ago
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Researcher Finds Security Holes In FAA's New Flight Control System

Vylen Misleading title... (60 comments)

An air traffic control system is not a flight control system. Flight control systems in the aviation world relate to things that control the ailerons, elevators and rudders on an aircraft. ATC systems may provide inputs into an FCS when in autopilot but it is an external input.

about 2 years ago

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