271 posts • joined 7 Aug 2008
Re: We need a follow up story
There's an excellent post on Kalzumeus about the assumptions that programmers (and plenty of other people) make about names and how they're often wrong: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/
You say "1 word made-up name" but plenty of people in the world only have one name - e.g. about 20%-ish of Indonesians.
You might think that that is a cultural oddity of no real significance but the Indonesian market is 245 million people and its economy grew 6-ish% last year. In my finest South Park ski instructor voice: if your social media can't handle the names of your new user base, you're gonna have a bad time.
You're trying to be funny but it's callous and incorrect to suggest that murder victims brought their deaths upon themselves by engaging in illegal activity. (And it's not even what happens in The Wire).
Re: Decisions, decisions
if it had a built-in VPN client, it would be an AMAZING business travellers' tool - no more crappy overpriced hotel movies and local TV!
That's not so much contentious as incomprehensible.
"Hasn't happened for a long time (certainly not since we went off the "gold standard"). "
S/he knows that, which is why s/he wrote "AT ONE TIME if you took a fiver into Bank of England"...
"The Crown Estate, an arm of the British government,"
As a tedious pedant tosser, I want to point out that the Crown Estate is not an arm of the government, it's an arm of, err, the Crown. http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/about-us/faqs/
Re: They forgot one bullet-point ...
Not a terribly useful comment - unless the state stops using IT entirely, it's going to have to procure IT.
no, no, no
they mean banoffee.
Re: Original Izvestia article
There is a hidden story but its not the Snowden one. Obscure product + weird supplier + remarkably high price paid = bent government procurement.
Woah! Hold on there!
"Other than Apple's online store, the rest of Russia's trade in Apple kit is through the black market,"
Black market is not the right phrase for the huge number of independent mobile phone shops and online retailers in Russia. Just because they're not official Apple distributors or whatever it doesn't mean they're engaged in any illegal or immoral activity. Grey importing is not a crime.
Re: +1 to Computercenter
You still don't get it. Whether or not Computercentre had "legal reason to assume" the offices were unoccupied (a legal principle which you appear to have invented) is irrelevant when they had actual knowledge that the offices were occupied.
Re: +1 to Computercenter
"Computercenter...had legal reason to assume the property was not occupied. As such, they have every right to do what they wanted to the property."
Assumptions had sod all to do with it. Computercenter knew that there were people living there - that's the whole reason they employed the "consultant". RTFA.
Ma ütlen, ma ütlen, ma ütlen ...
...mul ei ole nina.
I woudn't bother putting too much thought into it, it's obviously vapourware.
Re: @Anon 2:38
"If you've passed through several countries willing to take you in and offer you safety, you realistically cease to be a refugee."
Go on then - name the countries between here and Sri Lanka or Afghanistan that offer safe refuge to Sri Lankan or Afghan asylum seekers. There's a reason why people go to so much trouble to arrive in Australia instead of staying in Thailand or Indonesia, and it's not the Air Miles.
Re: nothing like old fashioned racism
"The obsession with the boats is costing $3.2 BILLION!!! This is plain lunacy!!"
We all know that Labor couldn't manage a PUIAB but it's pretty impressive that the Coalition (who supposedly espouse small government and Australian jobs) are also so keen for a system which shovels quite so much Australian money outside Australia and provides quite so much employment for foreigners.
Re: @Mahatma Coat (Really?)
"I however chose to come here legally rather than arrive on a boat and claim refugee status"
"7.45 per cent from the Ukraine..."
No - not "the Ukraine", just "Ukraine". The definite article is not just redundant but wrong. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18233844
Re: Ban everything
Just to be clear: the bill text didn't prohibit or restrict anyone operating legit Internet cafes - just operating gambling and games of chance. http://legiscan.com/OH/text/HB7/id/852559
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