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Comment Re:First *malware* perhaps (Score 2) 171

At least Android tells me what an application tries to do, so I decide not to install it.

And this is why I bought Permissions Pro. It enables me to lock permissions for programs that read "phone state" ect. And interestingly my battery consumption is much better for it, 1 day 20 hours with 48% remaining on my Galaxy S2.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 253

BTW, has anyone even seen the left wing of politics in australia recently? Is there still a left wing? it all feels pretty right with a varying amount of authoritarian and nannying.

Living in Queensland and watching the US politics in action reminds me that we still have some semblance of sanity here. However the difference between left and right here has diminished to the degree where even at the last elections I voted Green for the very first time in my life (48) and it looks like I will again.

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Submission + - Do Lawmakers Even Know What DNS Means? (

An anonymous reader writes: A call to action (of sorts), from Technorati author, Curtis Silver, who offers some helpful advice to anyone in a position to vote on laws that directly affect the infrastructure of the Internet, in the form of an animation.

"With the recent controversy surrounding the proposed SOPA legislation, lawmakers have been throwing around a lot of terms that they might not be entirely familiar with. Their justification for the SOPA legislation was rogue sites transmitting pirated material, this initiative of course being backed by the MPAA and RIAA. There's some big money lobbying right there. The problem is, that the side effects would have been pretty much catastrophic."

Perhaps in the wake of the debacles that were SOPA & PIPA, the good people of congress will get motivated to educate themselves on what DNS is. If you want to read the rest of the article and watch an awesome animation that pretty much covers exactly how DNS works, check out the original source. The animation itself is on

Submission + - NBC Universal Violates SOPA (

Asphalt writes: I also want my copyright on there because, if there is ever a dispute over ownership – such as someone threatening to sue me for copyright infringement over my using my own image, which has happened – I can point to it and say “see, I own this”.

The Weather Channel, however, robbed me of all of that. They unilaterally overruled me, and decided how my photo would be used. They took my photograph without asking, chopped off my signature, put ads beside it, and to try and stay on the right side of fair use gave me the most obscure credit they could muster.

Talk about a slap in the face.

It’s a letdown, but not one I can do much about.

Let me try to turn a negative into a positive, though. Let this be a teachable moment.

It’s important to remember that, in an age of bills like SOPA, it’s not always the little guy that engages in “piracy”.

According to their own website:

The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

That’s right NBC Universal a company which supports SOPA just nabbed my photograph.

Irony, eh?

I suppose they’ll be the first to pull the plug on The Weather Channel website. After all, piracy in all its forms, is wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Comment Re:Santa Takes Daddy's Money (Score 5, Interesting) 178

We call him the "The fat man in the red suit" and my eldest son when he was about 5 would run and hide at the merest glimpse of one in the distance :D

In my house WE (the parents) give our kids pressies NOT some stranger in a red suit!
Why should someone else get the praise when its our hard worked for money that paid for it all?

My two cents anyway - Now I'm broke LOL

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