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Comparing like with like
Another pioneering car, the Ford Model T, had a range of about 200-250 miles on a full tank. I would imagine that petrol stations back then were somewhat rarer than 13A sockets too.
Electric cars will improve and probably more rapidly than they did 100 years ago.
As for suitable power connectors, I'm truly surprised no one has mentioned the IEC 60309.
GB makes so much more sense than UK
When the House Of Windsor is finally made redundant* there will no longer be a kingdom, united or otherwise. It therefore makes good sense to use GB. Britain already uses GB for major sporting events such as the Olympics.
*It could be successfully argued that it already is.
Remember when the Angels were the 1%ers?
Now they are just another bunch of greedy, pseudo-corporate tosswits.
I bet they don't even piss on their own Levis any more.
And, Google, don't forget...
...to empty the Recycle Bin once you have deleted the files.
Seriously, does anyone think this data hasn't been replicated over christ knows how many servers at Google? I bet Google don't even know how many copies they have of it.
Asking them to "delete" it is about as stupid as the US govt asking Wikileaks to send their data back.
That's entirely the point of the FLOSS security model
Because the code is open - and can be examined for vulnerabilities - it can be fixed. Try that with a closed source system. The only thing that gets fixed with a closed source system is the result.
For once it's not entirely Apple's fault
Our TV guide was an hour out for a day and as much as I'd like to blame that on Apple it just wouldn't be fair.
The ABC (think BBC) managed to show the breakfast news programme on two channels but with one delayed by an hour. And no, this wasn't a conventional +1 hour channel as you have in Blighty, it's supposed to be broadcast on both simultaneously.
An enormous clock up.
Oh no, not the domestic net appliance
Our glorious Leader of IT, Senator Stephen Conroy was using the net-enabled appliance scam to persuade Australia to sign up for the National Broadband Network. He claimed the benefits would include the ability of a net-enabled dishwasher to query competing electricity suppliers' price databases to find the cheapest source of power. Two problems for me with that:
1. To check a price list you don't need 1Gb/s.
2. We have a monopoly power provider around here.
It'll all end in tears, I tell you!
I guess you must live in a city
Those that live in Aussie cities have little understanding of how things are in the bush.
The case was escalated from a small hospital up to the third, a base hospital. They didn't have anyone there that could operate on this lady so they shipped her back down the coast to a better staffed place. That is no reflection on the hospitals or the people that work in them but it is a sad commentary on the funding.
Any Keystone Kopness in the system is amply demonstrated by this recent news story which, by no coincidence, features the third hospital above:
Care to apologise now?
Hell freezes over?
Microsoft endorses an open source competitor. Where's the catch?
A friend here in Aus was recently taken to hospital with a burst stomach tumour. The local hospital had no blood of her type.
She was taken to the next nearest hospital - 55km away - but they only had one bag. They filled her up with that and then drove her for 90 minutes to the next nearest place.
They had ten bags and used them all on her. They then declared that they didn't have the know-how to do any more so transferred her to a fourth hospital, about 350km back in the opposite direction. She finally got the required treatment there.
I guess a fast network would be great but there are some things that may need a spare billion or so first.
Sumatra PDF Reader
Open source, free, no install required, no iffy browser toolbar options, portable. It just works.
Another Google non-story
Just wait, it will turn out to be just some software they forgot to remove
Let's have a look at some of the most censorious countries:
The fascists that run and censor China; no Anglo-Saxons to be seen.
The Middle East, not many Anglo-Saxons running things there either.
Thailand is a heavy internet censor but I see no Anglo-Saxons involved.
Censorship in Aus is being championed by a Catholic Celt (Senator Conroy) and an atheist Celt (Prime Minister Gillard).
Central Asian republics...no Anglo-Saxons.
Burma, I see no Anglo-Saxons.
Maybe North Korea? Nada.
The way I see it is that the most censorship happens where the country is run by religious fascists and unelected dictators.
They've already mentioned overseas users
A year or so ago they floated the idea of pay-per-programme download for overseas viewers. A sum of around 15 quid was mentioned.
As that is the price of a DVD of an entire BBC series in Aus I'm not sure float is the correct word to use (unless in the context of a turd).
I seem to recall NSW parliamentarians complaining about the filter that censors their office net connections being overly strict and obstructing genuine online research. Perhaps it has been relaxed somewhat or maybe the former minister is good at proxy-fu.
Tech destroyed big band music?
If you could ask Glenn Miller about dangerous tech he'd probably mention aviation.
Was lucky enough to see the Leonids
In 2001 they were visible in clear skies in the desert in Aus from around 11pm to dawn and peaked at around one per minute. I wasn't aware until then that you could hear and see them explode. Words like spectacular and awesome should be reserved for such occasions. One of the best nights of my life.
Thanks for the huge list of great Google products. One problem: most of them seem to have come from companies that Google bought. See the difference there? Bought vs produced. Nice trick if you can get away with it.
Fanbois, got to love their blind faith.
Just say "meh"
And there now seems to be an Australian flag displayed on The Register's masthead. Thanks for reminding me where I live. Meh
How much of this is due to censorship filters?
The only credible tests carried out in Australia into the effects of net censorship systems showed speed reductions of over 70% in the worst cases. How much of the UK's speed problems are due to the actions of the IWF and colluding ISPs?
"In my distant youth I used to build balsa wood planes skinned with tissue"
"You skinned the plane, sprinkled a little water on the tissue to shrink it and then doped the skin. The result (most times) was a..."
A very stoned Mahatma. Glue-sniffing modellers. Gah.
<-- Flame because you couldn't dope tissue and smoke at the same time.
I tried Chrome...
...and also the supposedly de-Googled SWiron version. I didn't like the way that whenever I logged in to sites both also made a call to Google via port 443.
The Google fanbois can play with Chrome all they want. I care about my privacy.