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"It be not only NSA who be bombarded..."
The voice in my head that I read with turned into a pirate from that line on. Thouroughly entertaining.
A rose, by any other name....
'Chucklefucks', what a delightful turn of phrase! May I use it?
Re: Slide to unlock
I see you 1950s radio and raise you the sliding bolt, proundly implementing "slide to unlock" functionality for many civilisations for at least the last 3000 years of human history.
Exactly how much prior art is needed do you think?
Is anyone thinking clearly about the implications of this?
Re: How old is the star?
Nonsense, there is plenty of fossil evidence of what life was like 500 million yeas ago, and that's because there is plenty of rock at the planets surface that is 500 million years old. In fact there are rocks in Australia that are older than 3 billion years. The surface of earth is not 100% recycled in any given time frame, so if there ever was a previous "advanced civilisation" it would have left an indelible mark somewhere.
So what is the real problem?
The folks at Google et al. are not dumb so if its true then they know the ITU isn't/can't/doesn't want to take over the world. In which case what exactly is it the ITU can/does want to do that theose lobying against it really don't want to happen?
I assume that whatever the real reason for their anti-ITU fervor is it won't win them the hearts and minds of joe public the way accusations of taking over the internet and destroying freedom does.
I have the exact same concern with that sentence.
What they should be comparing is the spending of those who admit to a mix of licensed and unlicensed content vs the spending of those who only ever obtain licensed content. Putting the focus on the very small fraction at the absolute end of the freetard scale doesn't show there its a myth at all, its just lies, damned lies, and statistics.
800,000 miles from the sun?
Are they sure this number is right? Obviously it could be but it seems rather close in astronomical terms, and if it does get this close surely it will have ablated all it has to ablate long before reaching perihelion?
Re: Time Lapse?
My Bad. Should open my damn eyes.
So the video is not CGI but its not realtime is it? After all the CME seems to cover a sizable proportion of the suns diameter in a second or less which would put it at relativistic speeds. Anyone find reference to how speeded up the video is?
"Sold out to Google - way to screw all your loyal customers,"
This guy like so many others seems to misunderstand the relationship between a business and its customers. Customer loyalty is not something the customer needs to be rewarded for, rather it is the businesses reward for providing a service/product that its customers are satisfied with.
He is also forgetting that the purpose of business to to make money, and I suspect that like most people if Google came knocking at his door with an undisclosed sum that in all likely hood is more money than he would otherwise see in a lifetime then he would take it and customers be damned loyal or otherwise. I know I would.
"The purpose of a mobile phone is to talk to someone. On the phone."
I know a number of people who make this assertion, but they and you are making the mistake of thinking that these devices are called mobile phones because thats what they are. The name mobile phone is just an historical quirk of the way they were developed, and often talking to someone is now the least part of what a mobile phone is used for, to the point where it is not unreasonable to do away with the talk to people function altogether as evidenced by 3g connected tablets which are really just large form factor mobile phones without the talky bit.
I can asure you I am not alone in saying that the $500 worth of call credit that comes on my plan goes largely untouched each month but I always use at least %50 of the 2gb of data thats included. Maybe you can't think of anything you would want to do with a "mobile phone" other than talk to someone, that doesn't mean you know something the rest of us don't, it just shows a distinct lack of imagination.
It can't be mining asteroids, there is no evidence of any minerals in the asteroid belt that:
a) are of any use.
b) can't already be mined on earth for a miniscule fraction of the cost of mining from an asteroid.
c) couldn't be synthesised already on earth for a fraction of the cost of mining from an asteroid
Maybe its orbital solar power stations? given the current state of spaceflight tech thats got to be more practical than mining asteroids that are millions of kilometers away.
Re: How to skew a poll
"I have only come accross 2 people that said the NBN is a great thing (out of possibly 30-35 people I've talked to about this)."
Its usually unconcious but we tend to be surrounded by and interact with people who share similar beleifs to us. One example of that is your 2 out of 35 . Another is ther vast majority of people that I work with and socialise with who are very much in favour of the NBN.
Both of those examples are entirely anecdotal and therefore worth squat by way of denying/supporting the findings of this poll.
About that radiation
Where did it come from? Was it just the sum total of 30,000 years background exposure or was there some natural source local to where the seeds were found?
I can imagine the defense already...
Malcolm Turnbull: "i said "a MASSIVE new government-owned broadband monopoly.” Singapore by comparison to Australia is very small so theirs is therefore a VERY SMALL new government-owned broadband Monopoly."
See he's not wrong after all.
And another thing, singapore is not our closest neighbour. It is close but Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor are all closer.
Is there an easy rule of thumb to gravity at the surface of these planets. ie. assuming the same density if the mass is 4.5 times earths is acceleration due to gravity at the surface = to 4.5 x 9.8 m/s/s?
Well allow me to retort.
Actually I mostly agree with you.
1) Absolutely there are limits to growth. You eventually run out of people in poverty who you can pay to do crap jobs. Then the cheap shit stops being cheap. It becomes expensive, and nobody wants expensive shit. I'm not sure it’s what you meant, but when you say:
"This transition to higher living standards through outsourced labor is running into … limits."
you are suggesting it’s the outsourced labor that’s the problem. I suggest it’s the higher living standards period that is running into sustainability limits. It’s our already high living standards not their improving living standard that’s the main cause of that. It’s not fixed by telling the world’s poor "You cannot work your way toward having what we have." It’s fixed by us accepting decreases to our living standards
Despite limits to growth the outsourcing of crap jobs to places with cheap labor is the most effective (only) way that vast numbers of people around the world can be raised out of poverty.
2) Yes you need more than just pouring money into a place to permanantly increase standards of living. China’s stable communist government that genuinely seems focused on the greatest good for the greatest number of its citizens (to the exclusion of concern for the individual which is reflected in their disregard for human rights) has allowed china to ride the gravy train to middle class in a way that no other nation could have.
But even if you create the required economic and governance environment in places like the Philippines and Thailand through UN diplomacy and IMF carrots and sticks you still then need to pay them to do something and that thing is going to be stuff that you can’t pay people in developed economies to do cheaply. i.e. cheap labor making cheap shit.
It’s still the process of global capitalism finding the cheapest place to get something done that in the end will grow the economies and the living standard of the worlds developing economies.
I still beat you SHODAN.
Giddy with joy as I enetered the shuttle thinking I had finally defeated SHODAN and escaped i was not emotionally or mentally prepared for this turn of events my response at the time was to pull the plug on the PC and declare:
"I still beat you SHODAN!"
Truely one of the greatest games I have ever played in so many ways.
Labour costs in China are rising.
Already Foxconn is looking abroad and building manufacturing plants in Brazil citing increased labour costs as the reason for building outside China. The conditions for workers in chinese manufacturing may seem unconscienable by western standards, but if it weren't for western demand for cheap shit, and chinas ability and willingness to provide cheap labour then there would be hundreds of millions of chinese still subsistance farming in an agrarian economy instead of, as they are now and have been for the last 50 years, moving into the middle classes and creating their own demand for cheap shit. As China continues to fill up with money and its per capita income continues to increase over the next half century more and more chinese will elevated from poverty to middle class and inexorably China's economy will follow western economies and manufacturing will move to parts of the globe with cheaper labour and China's economy will become more sevice oriented.
This is the joy of global capitalism. It is the most effective way to raise living standards around the globe, and its our demand that shit be cheap that determines where the focus of those living standard increases are directed. The rub is that the transitional steps between poverty and middle class often appear very unpleasent to those who never had to go through it.
It was about 8 years the first time.
"I am all for being optimistic, but how can Newt possibly think that the U.S. could ever be able to even get to the moon in 8-years..."
Manned moon landings was an election promise in 1960 only 2 years after the creation of NASA itself, and 9 years later it happened. Given the advances in technology and the amount of economic growth in the half century since, it could be accomplished in much less time and be significantly cheaper in terms of % of national GDP were they to seriously try again. The only thing really missing is the political will to do so.
The tower of Babel
"Fingers crossed that this one can snoop Norks"
Shirley there must be cheaper and more effective ways to cop an eyeful of bulgarian airbags than launching a satellite.
If the verdict is that using gps trackers without a warrant is ok, would that mean that anyone can stick a tracker on a vehicle without breaking a law?
""And you can be assured that OEM's and Enterprises will pay for Windows 8 regardless of its interface"
Seem to recall that didn't happen when Vista came along as the Corporate world didn't see any benefit from moving away from Xp."
The corporate world may not have moved to Vista for the most part (my employer is only now considering the move from XP to 7), but that doesn't mean they didn't pay for it. every time a new HP or Dell pc was deployed with a Vindows Vista licensce key stuck on it the business paid the OEM who then paid Microsoft for that license. Even if the business then downgraded to XP.
I like titles
"I'll (generally) tolerate any old crap Microsoft wants to put into Windows if I can avoid it or ignore it,..."
Having looked at the developer preview it is possible to hide the metro interface altogether leaving you with just the changes to the windows 7 desktop interface to deal with. I suspect this will happen in almost every enterprise/business deployment of Windows 8 in the world.
"It seems Microsoft's response is "tough shit" and that it's me who's wrong not them, and would rather spend time telling me that than addressing my concerns. Fine; I won't upgrade then. Another lost sale and it's not even launched yet."
Microsoft isn't saying "tough shit", truth is they're completely indifferent to your disgust. They're also indifferent to your threat's to not pay for it. As far as Microsoft is concerned people don't pay for Windows. OEM's pay for windows, Enterprises pay for windows, but the number of people who pay for Windows is so close to zero for them as to be indistinguishable. And you can be assured that OEM's and Enterprises will pay for Windows 8 regardless of its interface.
Microsoft have an idealogical goal with windows 8 and that is to create an OS that can be as comfortable on a tablet as it is on a PC. And getting onto tablets will be worth much more to them than any loss of tech elitists they incur on the PC.
"If I tried to count the number of times I've run out of iPhone battery on my fingers, well, I'd fail to do so, as the current count is zero"
Count one on you fingers...okay got that? All right then, now retract that one finger you currently have extended so that you have no fingers extended. There you go, you just counted zero on your fingers. Not as difficult as you seem to think hey?
Who's suing who wall chart:
It's what you needed.
Why so mach asterisk bracketing sir? and are you being sarcastic or emphatic? because either way that much sarcasm or emphasis on random words derails the little voice in my head that I read with.
Make that 375,001
Im about to jumpship from vodafail to telstra this afternoon. I live about 10 k out of Hobart CBD and after being suckered in by the cheap plans (in comparioson to telstra at the time) I have been itching to leave for the past year given the frequency of dropped calls on my mobile whilst at home.
Its a little to late to be "fixing" a network now that has been obviously not up to the task at hand for the last 2 years for me to stick by them. Besides given where I am I suspect that any improvement to the network either wont make it here or will be amonst the last places to be improved.
mostly wrong but
The Taliban only banned the growing of opium in 2000* but for the 7 years of their rule prior to that it was fine, their reason being that opium wasconsumed by westerners. Hashish production was banned from the time they came into power bcause it was consumed locally. The taliban "frown upon the production of opium" because the Koran forbids the use of intoxicants, but they have no concerns growing to supply to the infidels.
* there is some suggestion that this was not out of religious zeal but to change the supply/demand equation in favour of higher prices.
John Wayne's not dead.
He's frozen and as soon as we find a cure for cancer we're gonna thaw out the Duke, and he's gonna be pretty pissed off.
see my previous post @6:26 gmt.. The article went offline shortly after i posted a comment on it summarising this article.
Me thinks Business Spectator is less than unbiased on this subject if they allowed the article to be pulled when it bacame apparent it might be wrong.
Did I do that?
I posted to the comments of Malcolm's article a summary of your analysis Richard including links to the LG U+ and SK Broadband subscriber data and a link to your article, and shortly afterwards Malcolm's article disappeared, and has remained unavailable for 4 hours now.
Claiming non humans as a carbon offset.
My wife and I have decided to have only one child. I like to tell people its to minimise our carbon footprint for the horrified looks i get.
Hmm, maybe condom manufactures and other producers of contraception should be talking to the government about carbon credits.
really hard to be shocked, or appaled. Even the slightest bit surprised would do. Instead i just get a creeping sense of resignation.
The fact that they were so blatant about it goes to show they know we know and they just don't give a flying...
"The claims of so-called Chinese state support for hacking are completely fictitious and have ulterior motives"
Seriously, who do they think this statement is for? Surely they know that the only people who matter won't believe this. Even if it is true it shouldn't be, its expected that China is doing this kind of thing so if they're not they may as well since they're going to be accused of it anyway.
As a side note I quite respect the chinese form of communism, I can't imagine any other form of government that could have elevated so many so quickly from subsistance poverty to middleclass.
"From 2014 to 2015, the amount of traffic will exceed all of the traffic generated in 2010"
Maybe I'm reading this wrong but I am unsurprised that there is forecast to be more annual traffic 4 years from now than there was a year ago. Is this meant to say something like prior to 2010 perhaps?
Not as lucky as you might think.
Since 2000 the Australian federal government has offered a $7000 payment to first home buyers, and a various times there has been an additional $7000-14000 if you build your first home rather than buying an existing home.
This is not the only reason but certainly is a significant factor why housing prices in Australia have more than doubled in the decade since and our housing affordability has been on a continuous delcine to the point where we are now one of the most unaffordable housing markets in the developed economies.
To make matters worse Australia's economy escaped the global financial crisis relatively unscathed and so while housing prices in other major markets notably the US and UK corrected themselves and declined considerably ours barely dipped at all and then contined to rise sharply in the two years since.
In the late 1980's Australia experianced a recession famously referred to by our prime-minister of the time as "the recession we had to have". During that recession home loan interest rates in Australia reached 20% but an average mortgage required less than 30% of houshold income to service. Now home loan rates are at 7.5% but the average mortgage requires 35% of household income to service.
Theres a reckoning coming in the Australian housing market and until it arrives I will be happily renting a property I could never hope to buy, first home buyers grant or not.
See http://www.demographia.com/dhi.pdf for more detail on relative housing affordaibility.
The meaning of tolerance
synonyms: abide, bear, endure,humor, put up with, take, suffer.
Religious tolerance does not require that I respect anything just that I put up with it.
Because I am pragmatic I will tolerate beleif in sky fairies just as I will tolerate beleif in garden fairies, and underpants gnomes. I will not respect you for holding that beleif, and I will disrespect you if seek to press your belief onto children who do not have the mental maturity and life experiance to take an informed postion on the existance of underpants gnomes.
Not the poster in question
I havn't been able to find an image of the offending poster but this very mildly NSFW link has an example of Sex Party political advertising material
"But that is not what it's about!!! It is a place of worship, so whether it is a mosque, a church, a synagogue or a hindu temple. These are places that are holy to many people and that should be respected!!!"
If the priest or whoever else was responsible for the decision wanted the premises in question respected as a place of religious worship then they should not have taken the money to whore it out as a polling place. Once they did that they were obliged to allow any material that was allowed under the electoral act of NSW inspite of any moral, political or religious views they may hold.
You might think its okay...
“10% of youth think it’s okay to send text messages while having sex.”
but there is a 90% chance the person your having sex with doesn't making this a bad idea if you want to keep having sex.
Also I'd suggest that if you have the abilility and/or the desire to text during sex then you are doing it wrong anyway.
WTF is with South Australian AG's
The last one Michael Atkinson basically said over my dead body to R18 game classifications.
And the new one:
"South Australian Attorney-General John Rau has also flagged support for an R18+ rating on the condition the current MA15 classification is abolished."
I assume he wants to see all current and future MA15 games be boosted to R18.
What do they put in the water over there that makes them think games must be treated differently to television or feature films.
@AC: Uranium doesn't magic itself out of the ground
Given that almsot 40% of the worlds uranium comes from Canada, Australia, and the USA your assertion that uranium mining "predominantly occurs in astoundingly corrupt dictatorships that don't give a flying fuck about the safety of their workforce" is borderline.
But more importantly worldwide production of uranium last year was approximately 50,000 tons almost exclusively for power generation, compared to 5,990,000,000 tons of coal in excess of 5 billion of which is for eclectricity generation. Coal produces 45% of the worlds electricity and nuclear produces 20%. Some simple maths on these figures shows that 1 ton of uranium produces about the same amount of electricity as about 45000 tons of coal.
The upshot of this is that mining uranium would have to be 5 orders of magnitude more dangerous than mining coal per ton for the production of fuel to be of an issue in terms of the overall saftey the nuclear power life-cycle compared to the production of fuel in the coal power life-cycle.
Im not sure why but out of all the bullshit statements in these comments your was the one I felt compelled to debunk.
Beer? because it is St Patricks day and I'm about to go to lunch :)
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