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About rorybaust

My muse, it’s about what I know and what I think , and the inspired ramblings of an Australian individual and my ongoing adventures. I am from Melbourne Australia ,I am an accountant, I like to express my self and I have recently found writing it down helps. I am a person who often ponders my experiences and now I also write of it, I am a man an interesting person that if you stick around long enough will no doubt discover and I hope you do, the fact that you are reading this is a great start and I thank you this is rorybaust @now.

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  • Feb 16th, 2016 @ 8:42pm

    what error number will this get

    if Apple can stop external repairers with an error 53 all they need to do is tell the court that they tried but got an error 54 and sorry they need to buy a new device. But really if the best brains in US justice cant beat the security then of course all Apple have to say is No it can't be beaten and the fact they have to ask should already mean its pretty robust

  • Dec 16th, 2015 @ 4:27pm

    Disney has managed to accomplish throughout this whole thing is to look bumbling and silly

    Actually the one thing they did do is to get an innocent fan punished a fan that actually stood up and defended the indefensible , and they wonder why people have no respect , plus they handled this in such hamfisted way as I had a copy of the alleged offending picture posted to my Facebook and hate F$$king Star Wars and it was not removed .

  • Jun 12th, 2015 @ 4:08pm

    Game Developers Wary Of Steam Refund Policy

    seems interesting that the developers would assume that people are gaming a refund system , firstly people with no interest in paying very rarely actually pay and secondly if these people are gaming the system well there is a nifty new idea for a game and if they think adding DRM is going to help they really have not been paying attention

  • Dec 5th, 2014 @ 12:34pm

    Error in your Story

    Its KMART and Target both subsidiaries of West Farmers no connection to US stores or entities of the same name , there is no Walmart operated in Australia

  • Apr 9th, 2014 @ 12:23am

    (untitled comment)

    if you having nothing to hide you have nothing to fear , or is that if you fear everything hide everything , they are the most transparent

  • Dec 18th, 2013 @ 3:22pm

    where are all the black bars

    So this report basically says that what Snowden said is true , which in itself is quite interesting since I don't think the US government have actually accepted that fact yet and admits that he was a whistle blower in a roundabout way amazing that the government has to concede that they abused their power so kudos to the US for releasing this or were they so worried about future leaks and that it would get out anyway.

    what I don't understand is where are all the black bars

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 3:38pm

    the nannies were in Australia 1st

    welcome to Australia , all those are law , can't advertise , can't display , can't have logo's , all packaging covered in health warnings and graphic pictures of diseased body parts, but in a nanny state tobacco and cigarettes makes lots of taxes for the nannies so of course you can legally buy the stuff.

    and don't get us started on the speed camera's , but at least one of our ISP's iinet stood up to big content and walked away from a voluntary 3 strikes agreement. So yes in Australia the nannies are well advanced but at least we still have one ISP standing up for us, you win some lose a lot.

  • Mar 13th, 2013 @ 3:08am

    pesky people

    oh no , not another question to be answered, think the bar is just to be raised again , its pesky when people start taking things seriously and at our word.

  • Mar 5th, 2013 @ 2:39pm

    nothing a drone flyover could not achieve

    the really funny thing is the same technology that the US Govt use to spy on everyone could also be used to spy on this facility.

    I think the bad guys are already watching , keeping you own people in the dark seems counter intuitive

  • Jan 29th, 2013 @ 12:45pm

    How many screw-ups do you get to make and keep such a job?

    5 the first 3 just alert you to the allegation of maybe your not being fair or reasonable in your prosecutions , the next 1 will move you into mediation and show you informational aides promoting you on how to improve your performance however if you get the 5th and final warning your career is slowed to 1/10th of the previous level and you can't switch jobs.

  • Jan 24th, 2013 @ 3:02pm

    (untitled comment)

    Because no music makes us buy no music, I suppose that's success, can't steal what you don't know , so it appears GEMA's aim is to eliminate piracy by eliminating the source.

  • Jan 14th, 2013 @ 10:45pm

    In Vogue The Inspiration For The Star Wars Opening Crawls

    In a strange type of way it explains why so many others have copied that style of credits since, for it would have been the height of hypocrisy to get caught stopping others copying what you had already.

    I think we blame the artists way to much its the lawyers whom always seem to win any copyright dispute and its them lawyers whom help construct the law.

  • Nov 9th, 2012 @ 12:35pm

    George Orwell

    I suppose its inevitable that in this ownership culture that they we find ourself in, to expect the heirs to the Estate of the late George Orwell will sue and to be fair I would suggest that his idea is as well formed and articulate as Microsoft's fiction so as to stand as prior art.

    I understand there are courts in the USA where these concepts are not as incredulous as I may think and that they are actually given credence.

    To think ones imagination can now just be patented as a working concept just to thwart and actual inventor down the track. Not even George saw that one coming.

  • Apr 10th, 2012 @ 4:03pm

    Its Obvious

    I now know the reason patents exist and the selling of AOL patents sealed it , obviously when you have stopped innovating in the good old days all you had was history to reminisce about but these days thanks to software patents that history is a weapon and the new innovators are all too willing to shell out big bucks for it. If Facebook is worth 100 Billion why not share it around and buy the arsenal to defend your out of proportion valuation from those whom having once had it (read Yahoo) realise they are no longer the next big thing , but of course like you did before they must have copied and no doubt been influenced by you so they must pay.

    Who says history is boring , when it comes to software its like winning the lottery a 2nd time around.

  • Jan 11th, 2012 @ 3:00pm

    Desperation Of SOPA/PIPA Supporters On Display At CES

    I had heard a rumour the Muppets were back and it appears it's true.The Muppets are a wonderful creation but at the end of the day they are voiced by others and we spend an awful lot of time in laughter at their antics. However the irony is the real Muppets are out doing something to stimulate their careers.

  • Oct 4th, 2011 @ 4:37pm

    statement from AFACT, attributable to executive director Neil Gane:

    Update: Delimiter has received the following statement from AFACT, attributable to executive director Neil Gane:

    AFACT rejects the claims made by Mr Warren who worked for AFACT as a sub contracted Private Investigator for three and a half years and who only makes these allegations after his services were no longer required. Independent and globally recognised researchers IPSOS & Oxford Economics have calculated the loss to the Australian movie industry as a result of movie theft. They are the ones qualified to gather statistics and to comment on their robustness – not disgruntled former employees.

    The IPSOS & Oxford Economics report entitled “Economic Consequences of Movie Piracy” can be found here (PDF).

  • Sep 15th, 2010 @ 9:38pm

    (untitled comment)

    Its is dictionary on line , a simple search would have found it , not so surprising , if you remember for a lot of people this was the first encyclopedia that they ever used so looking for info

  • Jul 26th, 2010 @ 9:42pm

    If you don’t like toffy adding an apple won’t make it taste better (a toffy apple approach to news)

    I am the Australian that first submitted this story, I follow this site and I must credit it so much with giving me the courage to write my self. I did a piece on this issue as well at my blog. We live in a society where entitlement is seen as a right and no longer needs to be earned. The preoccupation with one’s self and the constant need for satisfaction of our every need appears to be an all persuasive trend and like the flu in winter time is also very catching. The state of play in society however does provide for a two-way street, for companies and industries that embrace this need of their customer’s. The path to success for these organizations will be paved in gold, however for industries that have not yet recognised this and that are in fact having their own delusional thoughts of entitlement, their paths detours somewhat and lets just hope that no one has turned the light off in that tunnel just yet.

    I think that the newspaper industry is a classic example of an industry that is failing to adapt to the new digital landscape and that the unprecedented success in their past has created a sense of entitlement, but in this new landscape they have neither adapted nor are they ready to compromise

    the whole article is at my blog.

  • Jun 3rd, 2010 @ 8:41pm

    Court Says Border Patrol Can Take Your Laptop For Off-Site Search If They Have Reasonable Suspicion

    So for example if I have set up on my laptop a link to my home computer , they could then search that through access allowed as user on my laptop.

    It seems that the courts have not put there life to a scrutiny that they expect others to endure.

  • May 14th, 2010 @ 5:28pm

    Re: Re:

    I interpreted your first article as yes they are collecting this data, but so what they are not using it, that some data is collected although not warranted or wanted but because of the methodology used.

    Yes I agree with all of these statements.

    Like if I use a net to fish for a particular fish but as a consequence of the net I catch others, it was not my intention and I have no use for the other fish. My use of the net is not illegal, the unintended fish I have caught are not prohibited. I am not using the unintended collected fish.

    However at the time of your first post Google had not suspended the collection of said data and although you did note privacy concerns of the data collected you pointed out correctly that the owners of the WIFI hotpot's had put their data out there, and there are ways to hide this, although a hidden public WIFI kinda defeats the purpose. It seemed to be pro Google with warnings to users,

    Now that Google have suspended the collection under pressure of media and governments,and this should be applauded, but they still have not done anything wrong. It appears your stance has changed and is stronger, if it is not then I have wrongly interpreted this post.

    " Google, clearly, should have known better and should have more carefully understood the code it was using and what it was collecting."

    and this is the change I see from the last post, why should Google have to refrain from legal activities because someone might get annoyed or paranoid, I am not saying you say they should, but the tone hints that way.

    Is it not also like the argument that Viacom says the Google should know if material is infringing copyright, so and since there is so much infringing content maybe they should just abandon You Tube.

    But at the end of the day I respect your site and value your interpretations, I just thought your position had shifted and that is fine if that position was taken with our access to all the data,but to me this did not appear the case.

    So as I said, the comment was my interpretation, If I was wrong I apologize.

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