881 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 14:00 GMT
I hope the LibDems prevail
It looks like they want to dismantle Labour's worst excesses. There's not much to argue with in that list.
However, the Tories have a plan to rebuild mediaeval Britain; it seems we're replacing the Dark Lord with the Dark Ages. The only thing missing from the Tory plan is the return of the ducking stool for witches.
<old fart warning>
Many years ago I would stand in my local record shop clutching hard earned cash from my pocket money/paper round/weekend job and just browse through the record racks until something caught my eye. The staff would then play the record for me and if it was good I'd buy it.
I can see some merit in what you are proposing but it still sounds a tad sterile to me.
Another duh moment
"the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DEBACLE)] have considered making the promotion of circumvention somehow illegal."
So when a friend mentions bypassing a censor box you simply tell them how to do it if you were in Iran or China. Legally, you haven't told them how to bypass the Australian system.
Chrome/SWiron and dodgy connections
I tried both and found that on some sites with https login that the browser also connected via https to Google owned servers at the same time. No other browser I use does that on the same sites.
Wrong date, surely?
"Search rivals Microsoft and Google have joined a coalition to simplify and clarify US law to protect the online privacy of netizens from government snooping."
It's not April 1st until tomorrow.
It seems I have two choices...
"Also, that claim is dubious"
I can trust in the data collected by scientists and meteorologists for a century or I can trust in some random commenter on El Reg. Sorry, dude, science wins.
I truly wish that sea level rise was a figment of someone's imagination but as I live about one metre above the king tide level I have to pay attention to this stuff. It's kind of important to me.
Not the AAPG?
"And here is the list of professional scientific societies that do not agree with the IPCC
* American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)"
I wouldn't be so sure about that.
It seems they are coming over to the dark side and no longer seem to deny the obvious.
Aus science and weather peak bodies speak about climate change
The head of Australia's peak science body has spoken out in defence of climate scientists, saying the link between human activity and climate change is beyond doubt.
The head of the CSIRO, Dr Megan Clark, says the evidence of global warming is unquestionable, and in Australia it is backed by years of robust research.
Dr Clark says climate records are being broken every decade and all parts of the nation are warming.
Changes observed include:
* Highly variable rainfall across the country, with substantial increases in rainfall in northern and central parts of Australia, as well as significant decreases across much of southern and eastern Australia.
* Rapidly rising sea levels from 1993 to 2009, with levels around Australia rising, between 1.5 and 3mm per year in Australia’s south and east and between 7 and 10mm in the country’s north
Any comments, Lewis?
It only takes one error to destroy all credibilty...
And I'm not talking about the WWF but Mr Page's "report".
Lewis, you claim that "The [WWF] started out as a fairly mainstream outfit intended to protect wildlife, but has nowadays widened its remit into protecting the entire planet from unsuitable human activities."
Funny that because I remember working on an award-winning multimedia project for the WWF about this very subject in 1979. 31 years ago is, to me at least, a very odd definition of "nowadays".
As Ronnie Reagan once said: "Facts are stupid things".
Sorry, but AccuWeather is the doesn't live up to the first part of its name. I run Forecastfox here, with source data from AccuWeather, for comedy value only. It currently says "Party sunny" when it's pitch black outside. The other day it said "Light showers" when there was a huge tropical thunderstorm happening that gave us over 70mm of rain.
I wouldn't worry about the Met Office not being good at long range forecasts when AccuWeather can't even do real time reporting.
I can hear the screams from the accts dept now
As they are told they have to give up their dual 24" screens because spreadsheets are so much easier on a mobile.
Dear Google, stop talking bollocks.
40% of the world's traffic management systems?
It's a pity they don't use them here in Aus. Our local traffic lights fail every time it rains (no drought jokes, please. I live in a very wet bit of Aus that has a lot of rain for half the year)
"We are Legion. We do not Forgive. We do not Forget Expect us. Contact: email@example.com"
Gmail? What self respecting activist is going to contact via a service that is matey with the NSA?
No great surprise
I've recently witnessed two people type google.com in the browser address bar, wait until Google appears and then type the address of the the site they want to view into the Google search box, wait until the results appear and then click the first link. Some people seem to think that Google is the Internet.
At a time when genuine anti-censorship campaigners are trying to make submissions to the government or undertake further research these 14yr old idiots are only denying service to people that can make a difference. Serious fail, kiddies.
Renewing a passport overseas
As a UK permanent resident in Aus it seems I will now have to visit the "local" office that issues replacement passports. I have renewed my passport once by post here and it took a mere five working days including postal delivery time, a feat that is mightily impressive by any standards.
If in the future I have to physically attend the office it would be a serious arse ache. I just checked the distance and a round trip to the High Commission is only 4794.43 kms and takes a mere 59.18 hours of continuous driving. This has more than a whiff of fail about it.
Catching them? Way too easy.
"But how does he catch them all if they're spread far and wide across the huge isle of Australand? Traditional harvesting markets rely on farms, rows and rows of the particular 'product', be it plant or animal, right next to each other."
On a wet night here the roads are literally covered in them. Cars have lights, light attracts insects, toads like insects...you get the picture. Grab yourself a litter picker and a bin bag and you're ready to rock.
While toads are usually thought of as a fatal snack for all other animals this is changing. I've seen kookaburras pull them out of my billabong, flip them over and then neatly slice open the belly. Somehow the kookies have learned that this is a safe way to dine. Ain't evolution wonderful?
Published, open algorithms are not the issue
"Drummond patted transparency on the head ("transparency, more transparency is always good...") then did the trade-off boilerplate about bad people gaming Google if its algorithms were published."
Bad people game Google all the time anyway and that's why it's such a hopeless search engine.
Now with bonus advertising
It must have been a 21st century Einstein that came up with this one. I can imagine the meeting:
"Hey, look, this'll stop the kids stealing music and stop Bono whining. We'll have a new format and it will include adverts. It'll also phone home so we know what they are listening to. They'll lap it up when they see the advantages over a vanilla mp3. Bring on the celebratory hookers and Columbian marching powder, we're gonna be rich again!!!"
Anyone still trust Google?
The fanbois are going to love this. According to Bruce Schneier, the Chinese used a backdoor in Gmail that was installed at the insistence of the US government.
I can only assume the backdoor was a beta feature.
No. Just no.
Nice work, uk.gov
'However, she said that passport info was not "readily held in a format to enable a further breakdown of those resident in Manchester"'
They don't have addresses for passport applicants?
@ AC & Olaf
I'm sure cat and pig poo smell far worse. However, they tend to be in short supply on a dairy farm :)
btw, fox poo is even more evil than both of the above.