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Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO

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To expand on that

The tracking station at Tidbinbilla (which is home to one of NASA's Deep Space Network stations, these days known as CDSCC, and also home to the old Honeysuckle Creek "dish") was also involved, the two referred to collectively in mission communications as "Honeybilla".

Given their rural locations, both are the end of good driving roads too, although Honeysuckle is now just a big concrete pad and a campsite.

CSIRO currently manages CDSCC on behalf of NASA, so at least the organisation isn't going to completely lose its radioastronomy expertise.

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

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Re: RealFred

No, but he's just as guilty as the others.

Definitely, but he still wasn't the first. I understand that everyone's on a hair-trigger with this kind of thing these days, but I'm not trying to turn it into a political discussion. If anything my intention was to try to maintain some balance (given this is one of those things where it's warranted, what with each major party being as bad as the other).

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Re: RealFred

Conroy wasn't the first.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?

It has a good resale value and a good recycling value.

I got £97 at a phone recycling site for my iPad 1. Yet a Nexus 7 is worth bugger all even if it's new.

So the difference in retail price is still more than the difference in resale?

Buying consumer electronics is not an investment.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Paracetamol works a treat

When it's got 10mg of Codeine in it too

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Red X

Try ignoring the Red X on a road with tidal flow and see how far that gets you.

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Re: My debut single

While listening to Iron Maiden, the satnav keeps trying to take me to some prostitute's house.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: Bundy bear?

Ut's a chully bun, broo.

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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Re: Camera phones at sports events

I'm not a computer imaging expert by any stretch, but I expect that with enough images, you can build a map of all of the stationary objects, and use that to determine the location and orientation of all of the imagers in space.

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iiNet says metadata retention means a great big tax on everything

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Re: Meanwhile, at No. 3 Highview Crescent

$60m sounds like a bargain! and out by at least two, but more probably three, orders of magnitude by my SWAG reckoning.

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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

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Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins

Also, you can use picks for other things. A bitcoin mining ASIC, not so much.

Moron.

Maybe not so hasty with the insults next time...

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Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins

You mean like if picks and mattocks reliably mined gold, why would anyone sell them?

You can't use a pick to mine gold unless you find a gold deposit. All you need for a bitcoin mining box is an electricity supply and a network connection.

If I was making bitcoin mining machines, and I could make more money mining than selling them, do you think I'd be selling them?

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Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins

Eight billion dollars is certainly a lot of money, but as Allen Stanford and Bernard Madoff would tell you, the fact that people have $8 billion of "value" in something proves nothing.

The transaction costs aren't "almost zero". They cost nothing to the parties involved in the transaction, but they are verified by the mining network, which has very real energy costs.

The fees that financial institutions charge is a different discussion altogether.

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Re: Perpetual money machine

Is it still the same Alienware of the '90s, or has it just become another trendy over-priced Badge?

Yes

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Re: Keeping it simple.

This.

I would have thought that, El Reg being contrarian as it is, would have taken this angle instead, using the article to take the rest of the world's media to task about the misleading (at best) nature of "XYZ accepting bitcoins!" articles.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: N2

By that logic, capital punishment should have stopped any crimes it was used to punish throughout history.

Hint: It didn't. It didn't even stop theft.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: supercar?

Not too many but there are a few, much cheaper, mostly Japanese performance cars that come within a tenth or two out of the box. WRX STis and 370Zs and Lancer Evolutions and the like. "Supercar" territory is low 3s these days.

In the colonies we like silly V8s, and come out with some pretty high performance but relatively inexpensive cars.

None of these come nowhere near the i8's fuel economy though. Especially the V8s. I'd be surprised if the i8 wasn't considerably more refined too.

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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

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Re: Thanks Tony!

How dare you question Mr. Broadband.

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One of the few things that Labor hadn't managed to turn into a debacle.

Now a debacle. Nice work guys and girl!

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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Re: And that's cuttin' me own throat!

I don't know about your car analogy. Observe:

According to the article:

Book A (local store): Price = X, therefore

Book A (Amazon): Price >= 0.95X

You have suggested a car analogy:

Car A: Price = X, therefore

Car B: Price >= 0.95X

Not quite the same thing, innit?

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Re: Waste of a good pint if you ask me

American beer is like making love in a canoe.

It's f*cking close to water.

Sure enough, bad beer comes from the USA. Except for the ones that are very good. Almost all of that worst beers list is American, but so is more than 80% of the top 50 list. It's the story of the USA right there.

Every country makes bad beer, but you can't say the same about good beer.

Based on my experience, the Americans also seem to be quite a bit better at making beer that survives the trip to Australia than the English.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Re: BristolBachelor

More on that story please!

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Re: Garmin magnetic connector

Well at least it's got a powerful magnet!

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Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

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Re: I think...

I've just realised that Steve Bong is now obsolete.

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WTF?

I think...

...all I would ever be able to say to this guy is "lolwut".

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Re: AC

Incorrect use of the word "fanboi" on The Register detected.

I doubt many iDevice users care much about closed loop liquid cooling.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Well, you'll be pleased to know they're working on it, and have targeted 2017 for their first self-driving cars.

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WORLD CUP TRAUMA? Just Streaming Stick a Roku in it

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Re: Soccer fan?

Soccer is an abbreviation of association, as in Association Football*. It's a colloquialism yes, but that doesn't make it illegitimate. Watching people twist themselves in knots over it is fairly amusing, though.

* If you're going to insist on calling the sport by its proper name, try to do so.

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Digital Post Australia goes titsup in orderly fashion

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Re: Why?

I have never even heard of it.

I just watched the "Digital Post Explained" video on the Digital Post Australia website. Nope, still don't get it.

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Re: Wrong business model

Private companies do have their own networks, and look how well that's turned out. Some highly populated areas have no fixed line broadband coverage at all.

The idea is that everyone should have access, and subscribers in areas the private companies have ignored (for whatever reason) are not excluded. This can pretty much only be done by governments because they are not driven solely by profit.

Private companies aren't prevented from providing a competing wholesale FTTP network. The access requirements are however specified; essentially anyone who wants to compete with the NBN has to offer the same level of access, coverage, and non-discriminatory pricing.

As for spying, do you think someone on Telstra's various broadband networks is any better protected? The NBN is also an OSI layer 2 service, which I believe effectively rules out content filtering at that level.

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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Re: Almost, but not completely unlike....

There may be problems with carbonated beverages in the micro-gravity environment of the ISS, but if it's in a vacuum I'd say that's the least of the 'nauts' worries!

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Load of Shite

And SuperTed, and The Trap Door, and The Goodies...

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Re: JED

As stated, it's all in the access times. You don't hit 150MB/s on all but the fastest spinning rust, and only then when transferring large, contiguous files. Try that with small files and or fragmented data, on a consumer level drive, and you're now down in the low single digits. An SSD will blaze through large file transfers but it's when it's dealing with thousands of small bits of information in different places all at the same time that the real difference is found.

Also, while we're at it, it's "once in a while".

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The cute things they say

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Re: Chris Wareham

Fair point. Not being a vodka drinker the point flew right over my head...

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Re: Barf

Out of interest, why vodka and not denatured ethanol?

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CSIRO claims milestone in solar-powered steam turbines

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Re: Woo Hoo!

Everyone else gets subsidised, so why not.

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Re: End this Green Meanie MADNESS ! ! !

Is the sun listed as a visual hazard?

How can an inanimate object be ignorant?

Did you forget to use the joke icon?

So many questions.

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Telstra asks users to be its next backhaul network

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Re: Let me see if I have this right

And I thought being charged monthly rental for a femtocell just so you can use a service you've already paid for was bad.

Edit: I see Mort's already touched on that below.

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Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

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Re: The physical option

I do the same because I like to read the liner notes etc. The CDs don't get spun very often though, because the use of a good quality lossy codec at a high bitrate means the digital copy is indistinguishable from the original CD in a blind test.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: Studio headphones

How do you measure vibe?

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Re: The Surprising Popularity of Neil Young's PONO Kickstarter

Popularity != quality. Even better, popularity on Kickstarter != product!

Dan has some sober and impartial words to say about PONO. He then cops some abuse for his trouble.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Handy

Or it would have been, had my last machine running Windows XP not suffered a terminal failure a couple of days ago. Oh well.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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"I'm not sure whether it's my new Creative VO ZXR gaming headset but, boy, this game is tooth-rattlingly loud."

It's probably your volume control.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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I'm interested

Interested enough to wait and see if there's a fire sale at some point.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Re: At last

At last! Now I can dig out those BASIC books that were published for kiddies and had simple games in them in multiple versions (though never IBM PC). The Micro was slightly before my time, and I never saw one in Australia anyway, so the books never got any use.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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Re: re: I only read the summary

Err... I didn't?

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What the frag? Earn millions as the world watches you SLAY rivals

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Youtube Money

Evidently you also have to act like you're stork staring mad to make money on Youtube.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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This is one reason why I don't go to see bands any more. The work of art is the album made in a recording studio. The tour which follows is a series of poor approximations.

That depends whether you agree with the band's vision for the album. Some bands play excellent live shows, but produce completely over-engineered and sterile studio recordings of the same material. One live performance I went to resulted in me never listening to the band's recorded material ever again, because their albums couldn't come close to comparing with the experience I had at the concert. I haven't worked out whether it's the band or producer to blame for that.

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

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Re: Big John

There's no conflation of sexual orientation with race in my words. Nintendo can do what it likes with its game, but do you believe there wouldn't be a huge outcry if interracial marriage wasn't allowed in the game? The point, evidently sailing right over your head, is that it's not okay to discriminate on basis of sexual orientation any more than it is on basis of race.

Since you're so fond of playing games with other people's words, did you just compare same sex marriage to bestiality? Is it you, Cory Bernardi?

And what's this nonsense about a gay gene? The development of living organisms is a function of more than just their genetic code. Your demand for some arbitrary and unreasonable level of proof that may well not even exist (and which seems to be based on ignorance) makes a mockery of your position.

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