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Libraries have security guards how?
What next, Guantánamo Bay for late returners?
Good comeback from Sugar, though.
OT question for The Register
Why are the three links to your WikiLeaks coverage all shortened with reg.cx? Your links are on a Web page, not on Twitter or in a lesser email client that breaks long links.
This is bad linkage hygiene.
Throw the solar anchor over the side.
What a great idea...
...give Google unfettered access to even more computers.
Changing the algorithm
"Google responded to the episode by announcing changes to its search algorithm that, in effect stops rewarding people for being evil."
Does that mean that if you type Google into Google that Google is no longer the top result?
I suddenly feel very old
Please excuse this Four Yorkshiremen moment:
I worked on multimedia presentations in the early 70s using computers with hand-punched 8 hole paper tape memory to control multiple slide & film projectors, lighting and other devices. By the mid 70s we had microprocessor controlled computers to do the same job.
One of the products we helped launch using this kit around 77 or 78 was Xerox's GUI-based office networking system. It had printers that used a network so everyone could share them.
Apple, what a bunch of creative pioneers.
"...the UK allowed convicted Lockerbie bomber, Ali Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, an early release from prison to return to Libya."
I thought it was Scotland that released him. I seem to recall the UK govt at the time pleaded "nuffin' to do with us, guv" when the Yanks whinged and whined.
"Consider for a moment any beauty in the name Ralph." - Frank Zappa.
It's always a pleasure to see another Zappa fan in the comments here.
You may have missed the three magic words
"without good reason"
Summed up nicely by Lewis Carroll:
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master - that’s all.”
In the olden days...
...bank robbers were only on one side of the counter.
Mine's the one with matching ski mask.
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).
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