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Comment: Re:OK, Whatever... (Score 2) 156

by SteveTheNewbie (#47132627) Attached to: Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

Let me put it another way. If you tell a homeowner that their front door lock is unusually vulnerable to being picked, first of all they should sock you in the face for trying to pick their lock (before they call the police), and second you should not go publishing that information if they choose to not fix it.

How about if I owned the lock and found it was easy as pie to pick, then went to your place and said "oh hey, this is easy to pick, see", pulled my front door out of my pocket and demonstrated to you how easy it was to pick.

Would you still punch me in the face and call the police on me?

And how about I then tell the lock maker, give them six months to fix their locks so people have an alternative to upgrade to and then publish my paper I was writing for university (I was doing a thesis on how shitty locks on every day homes are), which, while highlighting the problem, doesn't give exact details on how to take advantage of said shitty lock, would it be fair for the lock company to sue the pants off me instead of fixing the locks to make everyone safer?

Comment: Re:magical scenario where (Score 2) 737

by SteveTheNewbie (#46736663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

So running a conductor through a changing magnetic field will no longer produce a charge?
Putting two lead oxide plates in an acid batch will no longer cause a chemical reaction?

My goodness, I was unaware that a catastrophe large enough to cause an apocalyptic event would change the fundamental laws of physics.

You sound young.

Comment: Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (Score 1) 1251

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFkeKKszXTw

You may also want to do some actual research about marriage and where it came from, instead of quoting what you've been told by other people that also haven't bothered to research it.

Try starting with the words etymology.. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=marry

Comment: Re: Not if it is for a computer (Score 5, Informative) 329

by SteveTheNewbie (#43626029) Attached to: Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

Then lodge a complaint with the ACCC, you may be surprised at the response. (Also helps to send a copy of the complaint to the manufacturer)

You may also get more joy dealing with your reseller as well - as the sales contract is with them, and they should be the ones making it right, and then it will be up to them to claim back from the manufacturer.

http://www.consumerlaw.gov.au/content/the_acl/downloads/consumer_guarantees_guide.pdf has more information and is a very easy to read guide

http://www.consumerlaw.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=consumers_ACL.htm has contact information and advice on where to file a complaint

I've found printing out the guide and taking the relevant section in with you when you visit a retailer has worked every time. It got my fridge fixed out of warranty, and my PS3 replaced when the DVD drive died about 2 weeks after the warranty expired.

Comment: Re:LOL...Ecuador? Really? (Score 1) 432

by SteveTheNewbie (#41006583) Attached to: Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

I'm pretty sure people don't need to be present to be charged with a crime.

Or are you saying that if I killed someone then skipped the country I couldn't be charged with murder ? even if I admitted to it ?

And the linguistics are quite important as generally, you can't extradite someone for 'questioning' (and to be honest, unless something has changed, I don't think he's even been accused of the crime, at the moment he is an interested party that is wanted for questioning, which couldn't be done in the month he was there waiting for them to question for some reason (apparently the police officer was sick or something) and when asked if he could leave and given permission by the prosecutor, found it couldn't be done by video (Scotland yard or the Swedish embassy) after the prosecutor changed his mind the instant (well, within hours) he left the country, but for some reason he had to travel back to Sweden for it. (even though it has since been shown that it's actually quite common to be questioned remotely by video hookup for this sort of thing)

Comment: Re:This just in. (Score 1) 197

by SteveTheNewbie (#39984805) Attached to: Apple Gives In, Drops iPad '4G' Tag To Avoid Lawsuits

Strange, my Telstra 4G LTE USB dongle seems to quite happily connect to and obtain 4G speeds (30Mbps down, 10Mbps up)

I was unaware I was imagining this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention ! Also, Telstra are not turning off their 3G network, they are just not using 3G over the 2100Mhz band and keeping it on 850Mhz only.

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