Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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July 9th, 2014

And on that hilarious, rubberised note, I’m off. I have an early start tomorrow.

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Just think, all those elected members gathered in a room and said, “Yeah, Tony is the bestest one.”

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I propose we work out a way to elect an actual goose as Prime Minister. At least it’d lay eggs.

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It’s as if Abbott WANTS Abe to lose face.

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Prime Ministers Abe and Abbott in try-outs for the Pilbara Synchronised Swimming Team. pic.twitter.com/TmB3GtC9vO

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MT @TonyAbbottMHR: PM Abe wearing his gift from Australia - RM Williams boots. pic.twitter.com/TmB3GtC9vO [Lulwut? Major visual arsehattery.]

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@davymark1 @Colvinius Take extra care over what you click on. They’ll be building for a final project of some kind.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius I’m bunking build your follower counts to build your profiles, then hack your accounts to infect others.

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@feverpitch96 One day, yes. The hemlock seems a good choice.

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@mpesce Not just that, but also patronising smug racist bullshit, as I have Edict’d previously. stilgherrian.com/edict/00021/

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RT @CyberPrefixerAU: Sharp falls in Australian cybersharemarket following US cyberslump [Cyberslump!]

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@JL_Whitaker No 100% perfect method, no, but implementing SPF and DKIM on your domain will usually significantly reduce it.

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@feverpitch96 Not me, no. I’ll be heading into Sydney on the 0706 train for a busy day.

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Pleased that I’ve rescued a lovely older woman in Edinburgh, mother of a long-standing client, from her botnet plague.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius A stadium of 50,000 people attracts pickpockets, but online it’s half a billion fans as targets for robots.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius Indeed. But I doubt an individual response can happen. You will be one of thousands affected. Bulk response only.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius Events like World Cup are battlegrounds. Twitter is distracted managing high traffic, users are eager to click.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius Somewhere in the spectrum of insidious, yes.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius @Socceroos … either commercial advantage (Twitter spam) or crime (cluck through to site that infects your computer).

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@davymark1 @Colvinius @Socceroos Ah, so the aim is to have many similar tweets end up getting to the top of search results. With the aim…

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@davymark1 @Colvinius Ah, right, so it’ll be part of some more complex operation to game advertising stats related to World Cup or the like.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius These days you could just hire, oh, 10,000 nodes in a criminal botnet for a few hours. It’d be easy to write.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius The “how ” is just running a computer program that repeatedly creates accounts and tells them to follow an individual.

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@TwitterAU Is there any way @davymark1 can speed the process of removing the recent thousands of fake followers? @Colvinius

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@davymark1 @Colvinius I’m not aware of Sony way of speeding up the process, but we can try something now…

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@davymark1 @Colvinius I saw the batch. Poor you. I’m curious as to why you might have been targeted, but then some things are just random.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius Problem for Twitter is that if they do a big batch they’re hit with questions, “Why has my follower count dropped?”

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@davymark1 @Colvinius In the past I’ve noticed batches of bots being removed at intervals of maybe a few weeks.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius Twitter is looking for pattern of dodgy behaviour, much like anti-spam processes for email. It’s an arms race.

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This chat about broken reputation metrics reminds me that I spoke about this on “The 9pm Caltrain”, at 23m50s. stilgherrian.com/edict/00025/

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@jonoabroad @Colvinius @davymark1 These days, I guess (note word choice) it’s anyone who’ll generate clicks.

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@jonoabroad @Colvinius @davymark1 They were considered to have the depth of knowledge to do it well. And it was a perk.

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@jonoabroad @Colvinius @davymark1 In newspaper tradition, it was the senior journalists who were let off the leash and allowed to opine.

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@jonoabroad @Colvinius @davymark1 It’s only one factor, but an individual’s “pulling power” [sic] has always influenced hiring decisions.

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@jonoabroad @Colvinius @davymark1 Not really. Columnists’ selling point has always been audience numbers, same with radio/TV presenters.

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@ddowza @Colvinius @davymark1 Online “reputation metrics” are fundamentally broken or, more charitably, in their early infancy.

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@ddowza @Colvinius @davymark1 Exactly. It’s just like crowdsourcing or automating bad reviews for your restaurant’s competitors.

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@richardaedy The conversation with @Colvinius @davymark1 and others about journalists and fake Twitter followers may be of interest.

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@Colvinius @davymark1 Ah fair point. I’d forgotten that. My thought on that being a valid employment metric, well, you may guess that.

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While I do like “friend of all monotremes”, @ericscheid @Formulate @gunstone, I’m mentally editing it to “mononyms”. ;)

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@ericscheid @Formulate @gunstone That figure is a database search by Medicare, so all citizens and permanent residents, adults and children.

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@Colvinius @davymark1 Just to be clear, “fuck yourself” was a joke with a friend about an entirely different thing. async comms fail, maybe?

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@Colvinius @davymark1 There’s probably some automated tools to block anyone with zero followers. @leslienassar may know about them.

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@Colvinius @davymark1 True. And I’m not being critical, just curious. But there’s nothing practical to do short term… Medium, they’ll go.

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Like that, you mean?

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Oh go fuck yourself.

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@cafedave Indeed. If the snow becomes significant they will close the Great Western Highway in the affected areas.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius The fault is Twitter’s, for not having an effective (in this instance) user validation process. Imperfect world. Meh.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius I’m not understanding why you guys think some automated report about Twitter’s database is YOUR claim.

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@davymark1 @Colvinius There’s nothing you can really do, but as I say they’ll end up being taken away eventually.

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@Colvinius @ozjimbob @Kuma (“SMEG” being @franksting’s coinage for “social media expert guru”.)

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@Colvinius @ozjimbob @Kuma Meanwhile, all the “influence” measurement is pseudo-science SMEG bullshit. zdnet.com/influence-vani…

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@Colvinius @ozjimbob @Kuma But Twitter reporting that an account has X followers is not the account-holder’s claim, unless they boast.

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@Colvinius @Kuma I agree with @ozjimbob. Twitter will periodically flush out the fakes. Meanwhile, who cares.

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RT @GreenJ: @GreenJ [Thats right, yes.]

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@Colvinius My first question would be why does it even matter? Someone following you places no load on you.

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WombatOnPatrol Wombat Wednesday. Walking with the confidence that comes from knowing how totally awesome she really is. pic.twitter.com/9CBbZwJcnZ

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jkoutsoukis The Sri Lankan Navy band playing Waltzing Matilda. pic.twitter.com/RfollIWfo0

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jkoutsoukis Australia’s patrol boats gleaming here in morning sunshine in Cololmbo port. All awaiting arrival of Mr Morrison. pic.twitter.com/YX7uiOLovY

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Last time, @cafedave, it was quite pretty. ‘Waratah in the snow’ flic.kr/p/diU8PF

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@cafedave For me, potentially inconvenient. I plan to catch the 0706 train to Sydney, but pre-dawn snow could take taxis off the road.

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I see that the Katoomba weather forecast is still for snow tomorrow.

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@madcatjo2point0 Perhaps. I see such I tiny slice of botnet activity. There’s maybe ~100 email addresses on this server. Tiny, tiny.

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@madcatjo2point0 This botnet seems to be a regular visitor. A few thousand attempts over four hours and then it moves on.

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@morebento Nah, I think it’s just trying another run, and the password failures get detected and the IP addresses firewalled out quickly.

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They’re from all over. So far Russia, Ukraine, India, Argentina, Thailand, Gabon, Vietnam, South Africa, Israel, Chile.

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Maybe I should capture the IP addresses it’s using and map them. Could make a useful illustration.

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Watching a botnet that had a clients’s email password discover that the password is now different.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Une personne de relations publiques ne peut pas participer à une réunion demain, car il a un opossum dans son toit.

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Dear the Media, when your story involves an electronic device, there’s no need to describe it as “high-tech”. It makes you look ignorant.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je viens de découvrir que j’ai été éclipsé par un opossum. Et vous?

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@cathywilcox1 Maybe I should have a yarn some time. Or maybe I should follow my doctor’s advice.

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@ericscheid Last checked it was roughly 13.5k. About three years back. My name, mononym, Medicare and site:abc.net.au is it.

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@jamezpolley Ah, yes of course. I’m not sure if it’s sad or not, but “brief” and “pitch” are so standard media vocabulary It didn’t connect.

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@jamezpolley I’m not quite sure where you’re going there, but it sounds worrying.

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@expectproblems Yes, it’s got a new logic board and new feet and a new keyboard, so I’ll be a happy man.

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@expectproblems No, but I like where your thinking is going there. I mean that my MacBook Pro is alive again.

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Now that was the phone call I wanted to receive from the Apple Store.

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@UNLMTD1 We’re talking about different things, I think. I’m referring to the Australian Prime Minister’s comments on TV this morning.

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RT @juhasaarinen: Wanna go halves, @stilgherrian ? wrd.cm/1xQ59dR [Yes, yes I do.]

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What I want to know is when the @SwiftOnSecurity book is being published.

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SwiftOnSecurity I am the future. And I say the future is full of birth control and ponies.

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kgosztola NSA placeholder used in instructions for formatting internal memos justifying surveillance: “Mohammed Raghead” pic.twitter.com/G2a9fvQ5BR

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@troyhunt @staticsan @haveibeenpwned Oops, I was relying on my excellent* memory. 152M is even more excellent* of course.

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RT @nschultz: reintermediation as a service ? [It would seem so. Arsehats.]

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@artywah I’ve deleted it now and can’t be arsed going back, but I think it was not them.

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When someone always says “brands” rather than “businesses” or “companies”, reach for your shotgun. You’ll need it soon enough.

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“Develop content with brands It’s content. It’s conversation. It’s social amplification.” It’s self-aggrandising bullshit, you mean.

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RT @NewtonMark: You should start a discussion with them, and publish every word. Like the guys who scam Nigerian scammers. [Nice idea.]

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Mind you, I heard this week what some bloggers reckon they should charge to write what we used to call advertorial. Hilarious.

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RT @scottcarson1957: Maybe if they had used the phrase ‘cyber leverage?” [Well exactly, I can cyber leverage things all the way up.]

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“As a professional in the field of social media and content, you simply quote the brand for time and effort required to produce [content].”

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So, rather than these “brands” just emailing me any time they like, this mob insert themselves into the middle.

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“Brands send you briefs directly, and it’s then completely up to you whether you wish to discuss further, accept or simply decline.”

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“We’re a platform that puts relevant brands in touch with Influencers … to create content and conversation through social media.”

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Actually I haven’t deleted it quite yet. Let me bring you more from these arsehats who’ve clearly never bothered to look at my work.

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“Hi Stilgherrian, We’re getting in touch as we’ve identified you as a Social Media Influencer…” *deletes email*

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The Australian government’s concept of transparency in these internet matters continues to be akin to a cow on a 10-day ketamine binge.

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Australian government agencies can still block websites under s313, telling anyone is ‘voluntary’, writes @joshgnosis zdnet.com/au/voluntary-o…

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gruber “…the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars.nationaljournal.com/energy/kentuck…C1

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NewtonMark I’m thinking the whole “handing children over to totalitarian torturers” thing won’t be in many Defence Force recruitment ads.

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I tell you what, @jeamland, that’s a new segment in “The 9pm Edict”.

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Re the @jeamland retweet just then, “Putting the Agony back into Agony Aunt”…

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jeamland Pitch: A @stilgherrian Agony Aunt-style column. People tell him how someone’s misbehaved and he advises on the best way to abuse them.

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@staticsan Thank @troyhunt for @haveibeenpwned, but yeah Adobe is the big one. 142M accounts and shit crypto on the passwords.

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That’s the second client in a couple weeks who’s had their email hijacked after being @haveibeenpwned in the Adobe data breach.

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*Looks up client’s email address at @haveibeenpwned, and the answer is yes*

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Oh, so THAT’S why AMP and CBSi have been rejecting my email. *Changes a password, kicks spammers out of client’s email account*

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@oberonsghost I’m saddened to hear that. I hope the evil creature leaves soon.

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RT @semibogan: pic.twitter.com/F0qMRyL3oG [Wow, that’s industrial grade equipment right there! Impressed.]

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@jturner_ibrs I can be even more unconvincing for $100. Go for quality, mate.

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NightValeRadio If at first you don’t succeed, report immediately for re-education.

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fanfiction_txt Stanley the Echidnahog is just an 11-year old boy living a normal life, until he is bitten by a genetically enhanced spider,

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@semibogan You’re not helping. Why can’t you be more helpful?

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@WarWraith It is the reality. It takes very little sleep loss to seriously impair the old faculties.

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I have decided that since I have an early start tomorrow and no computer today, that I’ll just whinge for the next few hours.

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Lack of sleep is catching up with me again today. Mistress Insomnia has been most persistent in her attentions.

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@jonoabroad Goodness me. That’s shockingly strong language. I have. No idea who this man even is, Officer.

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RT @GuardianAus: Dawn Fraser says swimming abuse claims have shamed Australia trib.al/F7LkuBh [The claims? Or the abuse?]

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Here’s Mr Rabbit’s “moral blackmail” comments at @GuardianAus, which they got from the telly. trib.al/RSXHOrM

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MT @TurnbullMalcolm: With NZ & Korea ICT Ministers @amyadamsMP & Yoon Jong-Lok pic.twitter.com/iojFH3fezp [Nervous game show contestants.]

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LOUDBOT THE NOBLEST OF DOGS IS THE HOT DOG, IT FEEDS THE HAND THAT BITES IT

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Note to self: “The 9pm Moral Blackmail”.

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@TimdeSousa @maxious @FCTweedie @jeamland I think we have a viable startup here. By which I mean a Prezi.

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@maxious @TimdeSousa @FCTweedie i can get someone at McKinsey to say that, if it’ll help,

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@TimdeSousa @jeamland I think the collective noun is “an exploitation of interns”.

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@FCTweedie @TimdeSousa I’m not sure what government data would be involved, unless there’s a National Sock Offender Register? (Oh dear.)

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@TimdeSousa And before @jeamland says it, “Hot socks in your area.”

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@TimdeSousa It needs to be social. An app to match you with someone in your area with a matching odd sock, and bidding for ownership.

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@TimdeSousa Or, in this case, they forget that the majority of people aren’t zooming around without knowing where to get their socks washed.

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@TimdeSousa Exactly. And the investors get fooled by hype and rail to do any back of envelope calculations of the industry in question.

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@TimdeSousa Stories like that don’t deserve reporting. Laundries have offered pick up and delivery forever. “But it has an app.” So what.

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“Arsebook. It’s a social network for people who photocopy their own buttocks at office parties.”

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“It’s like an Uber for Bitcoin. I call it WashCoin. An Uber will bring you a Bitcoin for just two Bitcoin.”

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RT @juhasaarinen: Web companies rush to plug serious cross-domain hole itnews.com.au/News/389436,we… [Keys in the bowl, everybody.]

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Expecting me to shower so often is just hygiene blackmail.

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@ssharwood Yep, though if the weather stays cool I should be good right through to October.

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Well, since it’s July, I’m going to have a shower. Back soon.

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TheOnion Bored Scientists Now Just Sticking Random Things Into Large Hadron Collider onion.com/1r6mFaO pic.twitter.com/WxTtfPhS5h

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@HarrisonPolites @BusinessSpec I admire your ability to know what I might have previously thought about electricity prices.

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@TomDaveyAus @JYuen15991 Yep, I knew where you were going with it, but of course voices on the @BBC are chosen and identified.

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RT @ssharwood: probing [It tickles a little bit.]

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@TomDaveyAus No, I’d say it’s more like basing the article on what you overheard at a food court.

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I’m just thinking, @davpope, that “popping the boot” may have a rather different meaning for American readers.

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@Party4th Indeed. We had a lovely chat though. And it was good to meet so many of your team.

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RT @NewtonMark: @stilgherrian @expectproblems Never heard of a cum hangover. [Should I pop over and show you one morning?]

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You know, @davpope, the High Court building could also make a good spaceship in a similar context. Not to detract from on-water matters.

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Thank you, @davpope, for fine cartooning on the high seas goo.gl/oc0BNQ pic.twitter.com/0DN7qDDQdD

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SwiftOnSecurity I promise not to make your heart bleed, @briankrebs. pic.twitter.com/ZSvrNmCNub

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SwiftOnSecurity Machines are going to hook us together and sell Human Learning.

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@expectproblems This was all when I was 19, so shortly before Federation.

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@expectproblems What? No, as a breakfast cum hangover cure. Works a treat. About six ounces of vodka is right.

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@expectproblems He also invented a Sunday morning drink, the “Ersatz Screwdriver”: a tumbler of vodka and two tablespoons of Tang.

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@expectproblems It was a singular experience, certainly. Also, we drank vodka.

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It takes a particularly sick, twisted mind to imagine that having the immorality of your actions pointed out is “moral blackmail”.

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@expectproblems We would drink vodka and he would shout at me about poetry and the inadequacy of my (gamed) street combat tactics.

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@expectproblems At university one of my best friends was Russian…

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@expectproblems Yes, but do not mess with Russian cyber women, it never ends well.

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I complained about cold weather yesterday and the CTO for one company just laughed in my face. She was Russian. I conceded her point.

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@R_Chirgwin Their concern last time was the black ice rather than the snow itself. Anyway, we’ll see. No weather control machine here.

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@R_Chirgwin Well I have flexibility about the train timing, kind of, but it’ll be a fun morning.

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RT @expectproblems: Snow is great. Especially in a cocktail. [And especially in the dark at 0630, yes.]

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@R_Chirgwin Yeah but if it snows before dawn then the taxis will be off the road and I’ll have to walk to the station. Joy.

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I was intending to catch the 0706 train to Sydney tomorrow, which means leaving @bunjaree before sunrise, now possibly in the snow.

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Tomorrow’s weather forecast for Katoomba now reads “a snow shower or two in the morning and afternoon”. Ping @R_Chirgwin

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@Taco_Lad @RNBreakfast I though of that, then decided that only a pedantic arsehat would bother complaining. Seems I was right.

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RT @R_Chirgwin: I’m bored to death with Google’s world cup doodles. [So use DuckDuckGoal!]

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@iain_chalmers @marshontap @gattaca Thanks, Iain, we can work from a draft. I am laughing, at least.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Merci. Tout finira parfaitement pour tout le monde.

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“We can’t really speculate what happened there because we don’t know,” says the bloke on @RNBreakfast. If only media people realised that.

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@R_Chirgwin Not yet. Due today or tomorrow, so I except it to fit in nicely with my Sydney trip tomorrow morning.

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Wed plan, redraft: Clear email backlog; start writing for @zdnetaustralia; prepare for tomorrow’s snow; set up Lumia 930 review unit.

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Wen plan, draft: Kill them. Kill them all.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Sang. Il doit y avoir un océan de sang. Du moins, c’est mon plan. Et vous?

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RT @marshontap: Oh. “In Korea, we have limited natural resource, but fortunately a fertile cyber soil.” [Yay ping @gattaca]

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RT @SirLiberal: @stilgherrian you need a trim [It’s true, I do actually.]

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Why are people saying “Brazil” at me? Is it Terry Gilliam’s birthday?

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Wednesday. It is a world of misery and pain. Again. And forever. This is all there is. Wednesday.

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Right, I’ve been up since 0500, so now that it’s approaching 0100 that’s probably enough for one day.

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@marcfennell @ClaireRPorter @DownloadABC Yes, this is a stupid time to be working, even for people like us.

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Hey @mscott, I’ll be in the ABC foyer at 1100 on Thursday, and it’s a flat white for me. @marcfennell @ClaireRPorter …?

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Or is that meant to be SEKRIT? I don’t know, @marcfennell, it’s all too confusing.

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According to an email, @marcfennell is putting me and @ClaireRPorter in the same room again for @DownloadABC this week. So there’s that.

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@SnarkyPlatypus This happened last time too, the snow just got in the way of my plans.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Thanks, but those little marsupials are uncooperative fuckers. Also I have to come into Sydney on Thursday.

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If I were a real SMEG I could tweet, in correct order, all of the railway stations to Bali.

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I just noticed that thanks to Twitter’s excellence* my railway station tweets arrived in the wrong order.

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Cabbie just told me, and I’ve confirmed, snow is forecast for Thursday morning in the upper Blue Mountains.

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Wentworth Falls. Apparent temperature 0C. The taxi is not here yet.

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@kcarruthers With the phone or of the phone? I do plan to use its camera a lot.

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And now it’s a six-minute run to Wentworth Falls, so time to don a couple extra layers of clothing.

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