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5-Year Suspended Sentence For S. Africa's First Online Pirate

niftydude Bad Summary (45 comments)

No one has ever uploaded a movie to The Pirate Bay. That is not how torrents work.

TFA correctly states what the defendant did, so why is the summary for Slashdot, the supposed "news for nerds" site, dumbed down?

about a week ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

niftydude Re:Evolution (178 comments)

It has ADSL in the inner part of the town, but broadband in regional Australia is generally atrocious. Here is an interactive map! https://www.mybroadband.commun...

about two weeks ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

niftydude Re:Evolution (178 comments)

Why do you automatically believe the athlete?

I believe the athlete in this situation because everything that comes out of the drone operator's mouth is being proven to be either false or purposefully misleading. It turns out that he wasn't even operating the drone at the time - he had given someone else a go at the controls. From The Age

Mr Abrams told Fairfax he held a licence to fly, but would not say whether his company had one.
It's understood Mr Abrams has a fixed-wing pilot licence, but not the type that allows him or his company to operate quadcopter drones for commercial purposes.

Photographs show the drone involved in Sunday's incident was a quadcopter.
The Geraldton Triathlon Club said Mr Abrams' company was not paid a fee to take footage using the drone on Sunday.
Instead it filmed in return for having ads placed on event promotional material, the club said.
Whether the drones were filming for commercial purposes will be important to CASA's investigation, as different regulations apply to commercial and recreational operators.

Mr Abrams said he was in charge at the time of the incident and that another person had their hands on the controller.
He would not name who was flying it, nor say whether they had a licence to fly.
"I am licensed and I was there with the pilot," Mr Abrams told Fairfax.
Asked repeatedly if the pilot was licensed, Mr Abrams refused to answer and became defensive.

He is full of it. He's lying about being having the correct license for that class of vehicle, and he is refusing to even say who was flying the drone at the time.

Then he goes and blames hackers as an out... So, why do you automatically believe the drone operator?

about two weeks ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

niftydude Re:Evolution (178 comments)

He's basing his claim on the drone footage showing it crash to the ground. That doesn't mean she didn't get hit: Depending on how fast the drone was going, the shrapnel could have been pretty nasty - particularly pieces from the propeller.

None of that gives him any evidence or indication to support his claim that his drone was hacked. He's completely plucked that excuse out of thin air to avoid personal responsibility for his actions.

If you had ever been to Geraldton, you would know that it is a small country town on the edge of nowhere, and that the idea that there are some uber-hackers floating around a local triathlon hacking into drones is ridiculous.

about two weeks ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

niftydude Re:Evolution (178 comments)

Reads like bullshit anyway..

\ This is correct. According to the drone operator: "She looks over her shoulder and gets frightened, falling to the ground and bumping her head, but the drone didn't actually strike her"

But according to the triathlete: "I have lacerations on my head from the drone and the ambulance crew took a piece of propeller from my head"

I reckon the drone operator is full of shit and just making up whatever comes to mind. In the same breath he claims that the drone didn't hit her, that she fell on her own, and that anyway the drone was hacked so it isn't his fault. Typical blame everyone but himself personality disorder.

about two weeks ago

Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

niftydude Re:Before I buy that Virgin Galactic ticket, tell (113 comments)

...do any other, ahem, organs become more spherical? Because that could be a deal breaker.

How so? I thought the general consensus was that girth is always preferable to length.

about three weeks ago

How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

niftydude Re:the phone is pure profit (206 comments)

The only thing I can think of that is more pure profitable than telephone service is telephone company text messages.

Profitable is an understatement - telcos are making up to 90 000% profit on text messages,

about 2 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

niftydude Re:Finally some good news for a change. (1431 comments)

Yes, because shooting a 43 year old man and his wife is totally an appropriate response if one of them sends texts during a movie.

I mean, since he was retired, the shooter would've paid around $10 for the privilege of being in that cinema. So he's entitled to shoot anyone who slightly annoys him during that time. Especially considering it was a Mark Wahlberg movie.

That was sarcasm. But this isn't: You are an idiot.

about 3 months ago

Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

niftydude Re:Plotline of Weeds (323 comments)

Season 4 of Weeds aired in 2008. FTFA, the first drug tunnel was discovered by police in 1990.

So I don't think the cartels are the copycats here...

about 4 months ago

Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

niftydude Re:Bad call (611 comments)

In the words of George Carlin:

Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

about 4 months ago

How much of your media do you store locally?

niftydude Re:All of it (187 comments)

Oh, I do that too, but I haven't figured out a good, _simple_ way to access this with my Android phone media players. I do not want to have to install a special server, that's what sshd is! I do not want to have to root my phone (e.g., in order to use sshfs). Maybe it's out there, but I haven't found it yet.

I agree - it kinda sux that the sshfs implementation on android needs root. However, if you want to stream to an android media player from your home server, and you don't want to root your device, a combination of an openvpn vpn, and samba filesharing will do the job. A lot of routers support openvpn out of the box now - but failing that any linux server can be configured to provide vpn addresses.

about 4 months ago

Healthcare IT's Achilles' Heel: Sensors

niftydude Re:Wait a second. (84 comments)

Healthcare IT's actual problem is audit and compliance, oversight and regulation and how it slows adoption of useful technologies.

Exactly - in the biotech field I've heard it referred to as the 17-year problem, because that's the amount of time it can take to get FDA approval for any new tech.

Try to get people to fund or work on your product when it can take up to 20 years to start getting a return on your investment.

about 4 months ago

How much of your media do you store locally?

niftydude Re:All of it (187 comments)

Not to mention that

sudo apt-get install openssh-server sshfs

gives me my own cloud. Why would I use "the" cloud?

So I can get spam emails every time an artist on my list of music visits town? So I can lose all my media when the cloud provider goes broke, or has their assets frozen by the feds because some content elsewhere on their network is allegedly infringing copyright (ala kim dotcom)?

I don't know why I don't fall over myself to take advantage of such an opportunity.

about 4 months ago

How long do your computer mice last?

niftydude Re:meeses (361 comments)

The optical mice last much longer than the old roller-ball mice

This may be true, but I've never had anything go wrong with a roller-ball mouse than couldn't be fixed by cleaning out a bit of lint from the ball.

My current optical mouse has lasted through at least 3-4 computers, possibly more.

about 4 months ago

Affordable 3D Metal Printer Developed Based on RepRap

niftydude Re:Guns...Lots Of Guns (199 comments)

Shark attacks are rare. Another interesting statistic is that you are more likely to be bitten by a New Yorker than a shark.

about 4 months ago

Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament

niftydude Re:What it will be used for... (178 comments)

Road tax per kilometer driven. By having a tracking device in every car. This has already been discussed in Dutch parliament, and so far has been rejected, but it probably won't be forever; I know people who are actually in favor of such draconian surveillance.

It would only be discussed in Dutch parliament, as the Netherlands is very flat and has no mountains or tunnels.

But why wouldn't they just use the car odometer?

about 5 months ago

Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

niftydude Re: External DVD drives (240 comments)

This. A couple of years ago I plugged a defective DVD drive into an alienware notebook. It smoked the DVD drive, then blew up the entire USB subsystem of the notebook.

Needless to say, I don't recommend alienware to anyone anymore.

about 5 months ago

Amazon Hints At Details On Its CIA Franken-Cloud

niftydude Re:So... (67 comments)

'Cloud' is a pretty nebulous...

I see what you did there.

about 5 months ago

Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

niftydude Re:huh? (410 comments)

Electric motors typically have way more torque than internal combustion engines.

If I recall correctly, Priuses (Prii?) have their electric motors limited below 30 kph because otherwise the fast acceleration will break the drive train.

about 6 months ago

Project Seeks To Build Inexpensive 9-inch Monitor For Raspberry Pi

niftydude Re:Gee, they're going to build an ARM-based comput (176 comments)

How many GPIO pins does your ARM tablet have by the way?

Just plug something like this into your tablet.

You know that open usb io board is twice the cost of a raspberry pi, right?

about 6 months ago



Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

niftydude niftydude writes  |  about 4 months ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "A Chinese spacecraft has landed on the moon in the first "soft landing" since 1976.

The event, broadcast live on Chinese TV, means the country has joined the US and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat.

The Chang'e 3, named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit rover, which will dig and conduct geological surveys. The mission is expected to last three months."

Teen arrested after 'Timebomb' tweet

niftydude niftydude writes  |  about 10 months ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "

A teenage boy is facing criminal charges after he set off a bomb scare by tweeting some of the lyrics of a Pink song at the US pop songstress's concert on Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.

The 16-year-old was thrown out of the concert and subsequently arrested by police after he tweeted a reference to Pink's song "Timebomb", off her chart-topping new album, and linked the tweet to the Rod Laver Arena official twitter account.

The tweet read:

@Pink I'm ready with my Bomb. Time to blow up #RodLaverArena. Bitch.

It is understood security at the concert were able to locate the boy in the 12,000-strong crowd by using his Twitter profile photo.

So tweeting the lyrics of a pop song while at the performer's concert can now get you arrested? I guess death metal fans should really watch out."
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Morales plane 'rerouted over Snowden suspicions'

niftydude niftydude writes  |  about 10 months ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "In an extraordinary move, France and Portugal revoked flight clearances for the Bolivian President's plane on Tuesday after representations were reportedly made by the US State Department. Mr Morales was flying home from an energy conference in Moscow and his aircraft was hastily rerouted to Vienna, Austria.

Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca angrily denied that Mr Snowden was on the President's aircraft, a fact later confirmed by Austrian authorities, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they abruptly cancelled authorisation for the flight.

AP reports that Venezuela's foreign minister Elias Jaua has condemned the decision by France and Portugal to block the plane from its airspace. He claimed that changing a flight's route without checking on how much fuel was left in the plane, put Morales' life at risk."

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Assange prosecutor quits while accuser sacks lawyer

niftydude niftydude writes  |  1 year,27 days

niftydude (1745144) writes "The top Swedish prosecutor pursuing sexual assault charges against Julian Assange has abruptly left the case and one of Mr Assange's accusers has sacked her lawyer.

The turmoil in the Swedish Prosecution Authority's effort to extradite Mr Assange comes as another leading Swedish judge prepares to deliver an unprecedented public lecture in Australia next week on the WikiLeaks publisher's case.

Fairfax Media has obtained Swedish court documents that reveal high-profile Swedish prosecutor Marianne Nye has unexpectedly left the handling Mr Assange's case, effective from Wednesday, and has been replaced by a more junior prosecutor, Ingrid Isgren. The reasons for the change have not yet been disclosed."

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Google hit with $200,000 damages bill over Mokbel shots

niftydude niftydude writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "Should Google be held liable for images that appear in its search results? An Australian court has said yes.

A Melbourne man who won a defamation case against search engine giant Google has been awarded $200,000 in damages.

Milorad Trkulja, also known as Michael, sued the multinational over images of him alongside a well-known underworld figure that appeared in its search results.

A six-person Supreme Court jury found last month that Mr Trkulja had been defamed by the images, which he first contacted Google about removing in 2009."

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Australian Sex Party threatens Google after ad spat

niftydude niftydude writes  |  about 2 years ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "Australian newspaper The Age is carrying the story:

The Australian Sex Party has threatened Google with legal action after the search engine refused to run its ads on the eve of tomorrow's Melbourne by-election.

It comes after Sex Party ads were blocked by Google at the last federal election because the company — which is typically opposed to censorship — perceived the text as too racy (the ads were reinstated by Google the day before the election).

Sex Party candidate Fiona Patten said this time the search giant said it would not approve her ads "because we have a donate button on our page and we're not a charity".

Don't all political parties allow donations? Is google imposing it's own sense of morality onto australian politics?"

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Here we go again: Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy S III

niftydude niftydude writes  |  about 2 years ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "Apple has filed a motion in a California court to prevent Samsung selling its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S III in the US, according to court papers.

Apple claimed that the new phone, which is yet to go on sale in the US but went on sale in Australia last week, could cause it "irreparable harm," citing press reports that mobile companies had already sold more than nine million units in pre-orders.

"irreparable harm" is right — I played with one in-store yesterday, and it far surpasses any of last year's model smartphones."

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Samsung sues to block iPhone 4S in Australia

niftydude niftydude writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "Samsung is suing Apple to stop sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia, just days after the device went on sale around the world.
Both companies are now shelling out millions in legal fees to fight more than 20 patent infringement cases in 10 countries. Samsung recently vowed to shift its strategy from "passive" to being "more aggressive" in targeting Apple for "free riding" on its patents."

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Pilot refuses full body scan, may lose job

niftydude niftydude writes  |  more than 3 years ago

niftydude (1745144) writes "A pilot for ExpressJet Airlines, Michael Roberts, refused to submit to a full-body scan in Memphis on Saturday, saying the technology amounts to “virtual strip searching.” Detained by airport security, he now may lose his job. His first hand account of the TSA agents to his refusal is here . He has also written a letter to the editor of a local Memphis newspaper in which he makes the quite relevant point that "Obviously, our work places us inside the flight deck door by necessity. We wouldn't have to smuggle a weapon into the airport to take control of an aircraft.""
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