1065 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
But, but, but...
The forecaster has published a blog detailing an alleged "series of factual inaccuracies about the Met Office and its science" made in a Daily Mail article written by James Delingpole.
The blog provides a point by point rebuttal of the Mail story, headlined "The crazy climate change obsession that's made the Met Office a menace".
a 98% population coverage
See, this is the flaw in your argument. The mobile networks may cover 98% of the population (city dwellers) but the people that usually get affected by fire, flood and cyclone often live in the areas (the bush) that make up the other 2%.
The other problem is that the alerts only go to Telstra customers. Optus and Voda users don't get them, or so my usually reliable source tells me.
Text alerts = useless
In the run up to Cyclone Yasi we received a government text alert advising that we should evacuate. That may sound pretty useful but it wasn't. It didn't even hint as to where we should evacuate to.
A quick word about our geography. You can't evacuate to the east. That's the Pacific ocean and it's also where the cyclones come from. You can't evacuate to the west either. There isn't really a road to anywhere and if there was was you'd just be trying to outrun the cyclone. There are roads to the north and south but the cyclone was so big that trying to leave the area was pretty pointless.
I do agree about the radio. The ABC do a superb job on updates and you know the info is as sound and current as possible. Radios, as mentioned in the article, work anywhere and you don't need mains power to use them. Yasi damaged all the power, phones, Net, water, rail and road infrastructure around here but the radio towers survived and kept on working.
Old tech is sometimes the best option.
"Better than Adobe"
That's like boasting about having a two inch cock.
They can start with Adobe
The pre-ticked box on the Flash download page that bundles McAfee foistware is very annoying when I'm updating Windows boxes.
Re: Oddly enough...
Why would anyone worry about being monitored while micro-blogging? It's a public forum where you EXPECT people to listen to you!
Twitter direct messages, for example, are not public. Not only that but governments do employ join-the-dots technologies too. Adding another dot is trivial to them.
"I'm being followed by MOSSAD", "So what, I'm being followed by FSB and CIA".
How are you supposed to know the true identity of that random account that follows you? There are Twitter accounts that follow many people but never utter a word. Maybe they are just shy folk or simply like earwigging...who knows? FWIW I'm one of those. I use Twitter to follow news sites; it's not a two-way medium for me.
There's a big difference between monitoring a public forum and the, sometimes related, arrival of an unmarked van in the middle of the night to take you on an unexpected holiday at a re-education camp
Good luck sailing that van from China to Australia. Don't forget your lifejacket.
...I'd be less worried about the Chinese govt monitoring my micro-blogging usage than western governments.
There's nothing wrong with Texas.
Martin Amis: "Doesn't Texas sometimes seem to resemble a country like Saudi Arabia, with its great heat, its oil wealth, its brimming houses of worship, and its weekly executions?"
Uses silent packets?
This wouldn't work on Mrs Coat's calls. I can't get a word in edgewise.
...just eat the correct amount in the first place.
Carlos Montaner got it right: "Sometimes, after societies have satisfied all their basic needs, they begin to do crazy things. Sometimes, they die of prosperity."
"double fist strategy"
Privacy implications are easily addressed by noting that drivers with a smartphone are already being tracked unless they've jumped through the requisite hoops to switch off such tracking, and even then their network operator still knows their every move unless they pop the battery out, so there aren't really any additional concerns here.
Oh that's all right then. Move along there, no massive privacy fail to see.
Another Reg hack whose articles I shall no longer bother reading.
A technical question
drugs did you take application did you use to make that graph?
Countdown with Rachel Riley is better.
No blame on file sharing? Did someone misplace the press release template?
Happy new year
It feels just like 1913.
I'm now officially puzzled
I may be wrong but I seem to recall some research a few years ago that said ladies who "seductively gyrate and swing their hips" while walking are in fact at their least fertile and therefore don't need to "look sexy".
PS Mrs Coat has some 6 inch heels that look rather pleasant.
Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"
That's not a computer. That's a diamond-encrusted masturbatory device.
It's summer in the southern hemisphere.
A small error
I think the phrase you're looking for is not anti-Apple Reg commentards but people with a clue.
Same old routine
It doesn't matter whether it's a commercial operation or a political party, they all do the same thing: kite flying.
If there's no adverse reaction then the new policy goes ahead. If there's an outcry then they back pedal a bit and make out that they really do care.
One thing you can guarantee is that the terms of service will still have changed and not for the benefit of the users.
I know what I'd do if I was Kaspersky
I'd show my appreciation by fucking right off with my sponsorship money.
I'm a bit puzzled too
Two-thirds of the world's population hasn't got proper internet access, and most of those countries wanted this treaty. Meanwhile the minority - which has the fastest broadband - gets to extend its control from the internet into telephony, much to the delight of the Western blogosphere.
I wanna be a futurist too...
...cos I don't currently get paid for talking out of my arse.
Re: Sod the Curiosity pic...
The lady on the left side of the recreation pic. Her legs are missing from the knees down.
And take a look at the top half of the orange step ladder. Someone must have been having a sly fag when that part was being exposed.
Sod the Curiosity pic...
...I want an explanation of the floating lady with no legs.
Re: I almost died in Australia
I almost die in Australia every day. From boredom, usually.
Re: internet mapping
Those are done for copyright reasons.
Or in the case I mentioned, not for copyright reasons. Google used local govt map info that includes roads that were planned in the 60s but never built.
Re: internet mapping
an error on google maps
We have a fucktonne of Google Maps errors around here. Ghost roads that don't exist on the ground but are shown quite clearly on Google Maps complete with names.
why not just sequence everybody at birth and get rid of people with an IQ of <100 and any genetic defect?
Where would we get fresh politicians from?
Re: Holy cow...
this is their version of GooTube not F***Book
Don't worry, they are following this up with Farsibook.
Bring on the Ayalollahs.
"hanging out" with their chums in Gmail
I sometimes worry that I spend too much time online but I haven't sunk that low.
It's time the fanbois got off their hipster arses
There are squillions of fanbois in the world so why don't they start a fund to pay for this bloke's healthcare? A quid each would cover it easily.
Re: irritatingly anthropomorphised... as “he”
I think there's a clue in the name Papa Mau.
"with software brewed by Java creator James Gosling"
Given Java's rather leaky reputation I guess just staying afloat for a year is quite an achievement.
Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter
Many people may feel that this will enhance the Twitter experience.
Actually, pretty much the entire southern hemisphere is imune to hurricanes. But we do get rather a lot of cyclones.
You'll never see a hurricane in the southern hemisphere:
Hurricanes are Atlantic Ocean cyclones.
Typhoons are north west Pacific Ocean cyclones.
Southern hemisphere cyclones are cyclones.
North Indian Ocean cyclones are cyclones.
The main difference between southern and northern hemisphere cyclones is the direction of rotation but they are all still cyclones.
Just saying :)
"carrying a North Korean passport"
The name in the passport, Kim Jong-McAfee, is a bit of a giveaway.
Just imagine if governments ruled the Net
Dodgy countries like Syria could just cut off phone and net access at the drop of a hat. Oh wait...
Re: Is the existing laws are so wonderful
Because they weren't enforced properly. Next question...
And the reason they weren't enforced properly is that the enforcers - the police - are as bent as the press.
Re: Great work raising the money...
Sounds like the BMJ see an unwelcome rise in men actually visiting their doctors for a change.
Looks like you didn't read the full article. Movember is giving advice that goes against evidence-based research.
Great work raising the money...
...but you may want to read this piece about Movember by the British Medical Journal.
The summary para for those with short attention spans:
Movember does not just seek to raise money but also to “significantly increase the understanding of the health risks that men face and will encourage men to act upon on that increased understanding.” To do this, men need fair and accurate information. Movember’s emphasis on screening tests, its recommendation of a frequency of screening that is not based on evidence, and its failure to provide good supporting information place well intentioned men in unhelpful conflict with their doctors. Meanwhile, the far more pressing concerns of mental illness, alcohol and substance misuse, smoking, and obesity are pressed into near silence. Is this the best we can do for men’s health?
Re: You know you have a problem...
Pile it all in the canoe, just in case of flood.
I see where you're coming from but I'm not sure that would work for me. The two largest items in my main garage are two 20' ISO shipping containers so I'd need one hell of a canoe. The other garage isn't quite so excessive.
You know you have a problem...
...when your garage is messier than mine after a Category 5 cyclone/flood combination.
Re: "unfriendly" European hi-fi gear?
The DIN is a cheap, domestic quality audio connector. The XLR is a solid, professional audio connector. If you have any more questions please refer to a qualified sound engineer. Oh wait, you already did...
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