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Try WhatsApp - it's what my mates use across BB, Samsung, iPhone...
Re: Is there a difference ...
Sure, but if the thief knows they're not going to get $20 for the phone, that makes it incrementally less worthwhile.
New York City is not New York State
This article contains errors:
- Schneiderman is not an "NYC attorney". He is the Attorney-General of New York State.
- Lookout isn't going to advise New York City; it's going to advise New York State.
Is it possible that they're less likely to be reported as stolen in NYC than in London? For example, is claiming on insurance in the UK require a police report whereas it doesn't in the US?
"could you perhaps give me a few examples of people who were randomly stopped and shot by New York Police?"
I can give you 685,000 examples of people who were randomly stopped and searched by the NYPD. Just have a look at the NY Civil Liberties Union website or follow the ongoing inquiries into Stop and Frisk: http://www.nyclu.org/node/1598
It's not a puff piece. It's a serialisation of the juiciest bits.
"I don't really understand what's with the Anglo-Saxons and their hatred of the idea of government-issued proof of identity"
Because mind your own business, that's why.
Re: De Ja Vu?
yeah, but that's not cab operators (neither drivers nor mediallion owners nor fleet companies) that is being referred to. It's black car/limo companies.
TBH this article is a bit of a dog's breakfast - trying to explain NYC licensing by comparison to London licensing is redundant and misleading.
there's absolutely no justification for public money to be spent on putting more sports on the gogglebox (or gogglepad, I suppose). if the zillion commercial sports channels that exist in Australia aren't showing your sport enough, and if no enthusiastic amateurs have popped up to put it on YouTube or Vimeo, then that's probably a pretty strong sign that no-one cares enough to watch it.
Re: Where's the justice here?
"The fact is that law is designed to function in a morality, philosophy and science free vacuum, because this is more profitable for lawyers."
That's misplaced here, though. The whole point of penalising people who refuse to accept perfectly decent settlement offers is to stop them litigating everything to death and then demanding the other side cops the massive legal bills that they have run up. The rule /discourages/ the unnecessary use of lawyers.
Re: Where's the justice here?
The decision on whether to litigate further beyond the offer was the client's. The plaintiff's lawyers should have explained very clearly to her the likely consequences of rejecting an offer. If they didn't, that was improper of them. If they did, they can't help that she ended up out of pocket.
Some people want their day in court no matter what the cost - some people want to be vindicated.
Re: I'm confused...
"1. You cannot get a court order unless a crime is shown to have been committed. Maybe in the US, never in EU."
This is nonsense. Stick to your knitting.
Are you suggesting that the entire Iranian military-theological-industrial complex is in fact a massive exercise in Scifi LARPing?
(Holmes, because Steampunk)
Re: So what about if you drive into a different country
So...basically you're worried about what happens when Israel reaches a full and final settlement with Palestine and Lebanon and Syria, and when relations with Egypt and Jordan are normalised, and when international road travel is so intensive that Israeli drivers' biggest concern is that they will get charged for when they pop across the border for a pint of hummus?
Dear Mr Sharwood
Well, that's certainly fair enough to restrict the counting to domestic students, so thank you for the clarification.
But on the second item: well, you said now "I wasn't saying our teaching is awesome" but in the original article, you wrote "That’s surely a vote of confidence in the quality of IT teaching here". My point (such as it is...) is just that there are many reasons why foreign students come to Australia to study IT, and the quality of IT teaching is (an important) one of those. As a counterfactual: how do we know more students wouldn't be here if the teaching were better? In other words, we can't come to any real conclusion about the quality of IT teaching just by looking at enrolment numbers or fees earned.
I'm favourable to the overall thrust of the article (don't just repeat numbers you heard off some bloke at the pub) but...:
- why discount entirely the non-Australian citizen IT university students? A great number of them will be available to local employers during and after their course either through followon visas or because they already have a long term visa status which means they are available to local employers.
- focussing on graduates alone might be misleading, but I don't see why plenty of personal training students wouldn't also be people who are already in the fitness industry looking to upgrade their skills or are returning to work
- the large number of foreign students enrolled in Australian IT courses might be a vote of confidence in the teaching, but it might also be partially connected with "flexible" learning practices (that leaves you time to work or do other stuff), the fact that it's taught in English (so students are really getting a language and technical experience together), the fact that there's a not-terrible pathway to permanent residence (which is nice because Australia is a nice place) or any number of other factors. And that's not a criticism of people who choose or give courses playing to those strengths, by any means. But to say "there are X students, that proves our teaching is awesome" is a bit simplistic.
Re: Well done, Andrew!
It's now very common to hear people say, "I am proud and that is evil", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I am proud and that is evil" Well, so fucking what?
"Which bit of "When two people are having a private conversation, it's rude to eavesdrop" is it you think she has trouble understanding?"
Which bit of "when you're listening to a presentation at a conference, it's rude to tell your *hilarious* smutty jokes so loud that people around you hear them" is it that you think those guys had trouble understanding?
Re: No Laws Broken?
ss334-335 of The Gambling Act 2005 (E&W) changed that rule: gambling debts are now enforceable in England & Wales. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/ihtmanual/ihtm28130.htm
Re: Just 25 cents in extra revenue for each $1 spent.
No, it's more than that - only some of the 25% revenue will be profit.
Just as an aside - is the lack of a submarine cable actually a big deal? The Norks have got land borders with Russia (not a zillion miles from the Vladivostok-Japan submarine cables) and China (which is relatively well-connected to the outside world - once you get past the Great Firewall). Given how few users they have it wouldn't add much to those countries' bandwidth needs to have everything flow through them - and in fact they might quite like to help the Norks because they'd be able to monitor the traffic.
Re: Why though?
"I'm guessing Webber's "skillz" amounted to peeking over the teacher's shoulder to pinch his login details."
hey I just read you
and this is crazy
but here's the key quote
so RTFA maybe
"Fox...was cleared of any wrongdoing at a disciplinary hearing last March."
Isn't the point that Turnitin identifies when texts are the same (it identifies when text A is pretty much the same as text B, probably because it's been ripped off) but that this software identifies the author of two different texts? In other words, it'll tell you if the same person (probably) wrote Twelfth Night and As You Like It, but not whether As You Like It by T Mangrove is the same as As You Like It by W Shakespeare.
Does anyone have any experience of working with Turnitin etc? Does it work?
Re: Zombie Bitcoin
Not to criticise you in any way but the headline on the article isn't correct: Bitcoin Central hasn't been permitted to operate as a bank. In fact, as the text of the article says, "the deal means Bitcoin-Central becomes a Payment Services Provider (PSP)".
Eh? California has both very hot and very cold places (and even some places that are alternately very hot and very cold, depending on the time of year). Cooling is also an energy-intensive process. And I have no idea why you think the environment of the North East is more "real world" than that of California - unless you're suggesting California isn't a real place...
It wouldn't necessarily be a pay cut if your skills are in greater demand on the local market (and you have the softer people/cultural/communication skills that means you can apply them effectively in a multicultural workplace).
Eh? The US allows dual citizenship.
Re: Free WiFi?
"What kind of cheapskate Uni doesn't provide free WiFi for all its students, staff and visitors?"
The kind of university that's in Australia, where data is expensive. USyd, UTS and UNSW have all had restricted access imhe but I think MQ had open access.
Also, I think the UWS-bashing at the start was unnecessarily snooty. UWS has got some great programmes in law and education that are well-regarded in specific areas of the industry, for example, and there are plenty of second-rate grads in hopeless courses being churned out by USyd and UNSW. There's no need to condescend, Simon Sharwood...
Re: Much like the Bosnian pyramids
Presumably the pyramids were discovered right at the moment when Medjugorje stopped attracting the tourists and there was a vacancy in the Balkan-crystal-spiritual-day-trip market. See also the Serbian vampire village panic that's going on: http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=48759
there's a serious danger here though
what if I download an mp3 file from the US and it's not designed for Australian conditions?
Re: "high-profile single man prison"
No, no, you misunderstand, it's a prison for unmarried men. If they're married, they get sent to the married man prison.
(Okay, then, Abdullah Ocalan is the prisoner).
Re: Interesting, but.......
I suppose one could have portable electronic readers which would allow clerks or roadside police to scan the card and find out what's on the licence in the same way that e.g. a police officer might want to check that an apparently valid licence hasn't been suspended. However, that's not much good if you're somewhere where there is no connectivity and it does require quite a lot of people to buy readers, and requires a lot more people to have some sort of direct access to the RMS driver registration database. Hmmm.
Also - IIRC, some security staff are required to wear their licences while working, and they are designed so that they do not have their address and name visible (correct me if I'm wrong), just an ID number.
The guy's basic idea isn't awful, and perhaps there is scope to have the less important licences e.g. fishing and rec boating added as a box or line on the back of the driver licence or state ID card that most licenceholders will have anyway.
Re: Any chance of a significant increase in the taxes they pay?
"They expect those workers to get free medical care, rather than having to pay $1000/month as they do for their workers in the US."
You're having a giraffe - minimum wage temp box-stuffing jobs in the US don't come with healthcare benefits.
Well, yes and no. Australia has a low population density overall but its population is very, very highly concentrated and urbanized. 90% of Australians live in cities or towns, mostly within 100kms of the coast, with most of the balance living on the Sydney-Goulburn-Canberra-Albury-Wodonga-Melbourne corridor.
this may be pedantic...
...in fact, it is pedantic, but:
"Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949 with Mao’s Communist Party declaring victory and the rival Kuomintang fleeing to Taiwan, where it established the Republic of China, tensions have occasionally threatened to boil over into all-out war."
The Republic of China was founded in 1912 on the mainland, and 1949 just saw the retreat of the nationalist government to the island of Taiwan. It was the People's Republic of China which was proclaimed in 1949.
"Meanwhile I am trying to use a broadband the speed of which is a tiny fraction of the one I left behind in Sussex last year. I want better broadband. I want it here and I want it now."
Don't move to rural Wales from Sussex if you need an important bit of infrastructure that's not there, then.
"After an innocuous set of results which looked like it had almost done enough to keep Netflix out of trouble, this comment has now shaved $1.1bn off the share price, taking its value to $3.3bn in a single day."
Who says that B (lower share price) was a result of A (referring to impact of Olympics on Netflixing)? It's not like the Olympics was a secret and that no-one would have predicted that people use Netflix less when there are big events and/or summer on.
While I agree with a my fellow commentosser above that it's laughable that Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, the Stuxnet operation simply wasn't terrorism. It wasn't intended to cause fear, panic etc (because it was covert and designed not to be discovered) and it wasn't against civilian targets (a nuclear weapons programme is not a civilian target). You can't just label whatever you disagree with "terrorism".
The Out-Law stuff is crap. It's a small number of facts on a theme, with no insight, opinion, analysis. It's pap just like on every tedious law firm's tedious website.
" lawyers are just ordinary people who can hide behind a wall of obscure legal (and latin) jargon."
Err - apparently the hiding didn't go too well in this case.
"Borders were agreed in 1948 by UN and not accepted by Arabs. Jordan got 4/5ths of Palestine.
So Arabs invaded in 1948...France, UK and the Arabs created Israel's borders. Not Israel."
Between whom were those borders agreed in 1948 (by which I actually think you mean 1947, given that that's when the UN Partition Plan was agreed by the UN GA)?
And wouldn't the Haganah, Lehi, Irgun and the forces of the Yishuv generally be rather disappointed to discover it was in fact France, UK and the Arabs that achieved the creation of the modern state of Israel rather than them?
"Insufficient evidence against it, says Judge"
The sub is misleading. The plaintiffs did not (just) fail to produce evidence in support of their action: "as a legal matter... plaintiffs have failed to allege facts or articulate a theory on which Sony may be held liable."
The plaintiffs failed to allege legal principles and facts which would have led to Sony being held liable, let alone prove them. Evidence (proof of those facts) didn't even come into it yet.
File On 4 did a pretty good docco on this in September 2011 that covered a lot of the same ground: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014q04r
"The scientists also know it's bollocks but when it's a sure fire way of getting funded, why upset the apple cart? "
This is just hot air, though. If you write a proposal for yet another study that is likely to show that climate change is occurring and is caused by human activity, you'll be told to wait in line behind all the other guys doing the same thing. But if there were a credible scientist with a credible proposal for a credible study which would show that either climate change is not real or is not caused by humans, they'd be deluged with funding from the Koch Brothers and the rest.
Saying exactly the same thing as 99% of other scientists is no way to riches.