* Posts by Denarius

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What makes our planet's clouds? Tiny INVISIBLE CREATURES. True story

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Rainforest, cluds, air density

well gaiatechnician, we amateur meteorologist glider pilots have big textbooks with statements about moist air being lighter for a given temperature and pressure than dry air. So a damp local atmosphere surrounded by by drier air is likely to be displaced upwards causing a local inflow. What is more, the airmass behaviour has been measured in the real world. Supports your hypothesis. All I know is the lift is better with big fluffy thermal markers. You call them clouds. Judging from the astonishment of visiting pom pilots, the Oz clouds suck in a very nice way compared to the feeble uplift in the northern hemisphere.

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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if the hell of getting Windows 8.1 going

in a recognisably usable state was any indication, I will be relieved the crap network access will not allow me to get the next OS failure from M$ at any price. Once they made stuff that was buggy, insecure and consistent. Scratch consistent. Thank $DEITY I only use it for getting stuff off phone since despite best efforts, not found any way to get linux talking to a dumb phone.

What is it with the fondle slab UI designer generation ? Avoided everything previous generations of UI designers had learned. BTW, hasn't HP downsized itself to oblivion and split the ruins ?

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Alca-Lu clocks 300 Gbps over 10,000 km submarine cable

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and bigSwamp 3G

frequently runs at 2KBs in my rural hidaway. On a good day it has hit 56 KB/s, while a Sydney - Melbourne optic fiber goes past 105 meters away. NBN mumble crap idiots selling citizen owned hardware, mumble whine moan. No doubt Telstra will buy some second hand equipment in a decade or three. Anyway, kudos to AT&T for making useful kit

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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Re: This good be good news or bad news.....

Ah the old nukes is deadly brigade turn up at last. Lets see now, how do you define disaster?

Chernobyl: old reactor design more suited to making stuff that goes bang, badly trained staff, badly run and the staff did everything possible to make it break. Yep, true disaster, but not really the technologies fault. Cars kill more people, every month.

The effort in Japan is probably next in fear parade. Built beside the sea in a tsunami prone place, with the emergency pumps in the basement. Wow, real disaster planning there. Hit by an earthquake 3 times it was designed for and so far, only definite injuries are 24 burned ankles. Lots of fud, because now we can measure tiny amounts of radiation. Unsettling, and probably going to be worse because of cultural avoidance of issues to save face, but not a catastrophe.

So since human (usually PHB ) stupidity can be counted on, a rational decision is to use one of the multiple new reactors, designed to produce only energy, not plutonium. These designs are fail safe. They shut down if cooling stops, even if the idiots are in charge. Thorium would be nice, especially as it can burn light water uranium waste in some designs. or the 4G types if you must use uranium.

How many workers killed in windmill construction ? How much wild life killed by solar cookers and wind mills ?

In meantime h4rm0ny, well put. It is also silly to burn chemical feed stocks.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: "...mockery..."

Qld, Gestapo one day, Stasi the next. Dont let Tony know, he might think it a goal to aim for. If one is motorcycling, in two days the marsupials, eagles, emus and Min Min Lights might have generated a scare or two and the cops will have added more justified hate to their existance after a couple of strip searches by side of road for no reason other than two wheeled vehicle use. All for society's safety you know.

However Qld is only 2.5 days north south, 2 days east west in my experience. WA beats it comfortably in both x and y axis. Without the compulsory arbitrary roadside strip searches too, so far. Also has camels to hit so one has more choice of things to be wiped out by. Roadtrains carrying stupendous equipment is common to both states.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Re: Nukes....

perhaps Charles, risk assessment comes into vogue again. As in how idiot human factors play a major causative role in the "accidents" As for other deliberate events, a read of the technology article on how hard, dangerous and generally fatal attempts to steal and manufacture nuclear weapons from powerplants would be to the terrorists. Electronics Australia July 1987? ITIRC, had a reprint of article. Was a hilarious read on a greenie pushed nightmare.

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Re: Wrong emphasis and too late.

you mean AI is possible ? How so ? Expert systems, even workable Google selfdriving cars , sure. I have not seen a mathematical refutation of Roger Penrose "The Emperors New Mind" or Shadows of the Mind. Much as I think reality is cracking when I agree with Bill G, he is right about R&D on technology, especially if the beancounters are kept at bay. Useful big payoffs occasionally.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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in short yes, yes, yes

so long as it is 7 years plus reliable like the one in general use for family in local domicile. Only fault so far is its complete BIOS allergy to bluetooth mice. One of the few machines that just works, for a long time

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Oz politicians SUCK at drafting trade agreements

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I disagree. They loyally do exactly what the corporate donors like, with a very few honourable exceptions.

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Oh I dunno

I think Oz bureaucrats, advisers and pollies are very good at doing what they are bought to do. Bend over, undo belt...

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

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Re: Whinging Auz

not likely. Aside from certainly being legislated/bureaucrated out of existance as a favour for "Big Friends tm"), as the most urbanised empty landmass/country on the planet there are big problems aside from the cluelessness of what passes for politicians and business leaders here. (a) a few, say 14 urban areas surrounded by widely spaced small populations. (b) A weird belief that over-servicing the bigger centers with multiple choices of poor performance somehow magically produces cheap adequate services. Competition I think it was called.

( c) a complete inability to understand economics 101. There are such things as natural monopolies, like water, electricity and large scale communications where competition is a meaningless term due to the large initial capital costs.

Nationalise the lot and make them government businesses with a clear services public good mandate. What might work in small countries with high population densities does not work in the reverse situation.

Finally, a challenge for Tim Worstall. A bit out of his field, but I would like his analysis on effective broadband policy for large land masses with small population.. He knows his economics and can explain his reasoning well.

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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not only but also

Does this give Microsoft and Intel/AMD a chance to offer virtualisation of older PowerPC servers? I can think of government departments which are using EBay for spares. This might be more useful than mere games.

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Australia plans spectrum management revamp

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bacon, 12 o'clock high

More likely bandwidth will be sold cheaply to party in power friends and funders while frequencies for a common emergency services allocation will again be unavailable so a telco can flog unwatchable bytes to an oversupplied public, right up to the next bushfire. Then live disaster movies will be back for a week.. Trust no privatised service unless heavily regulated for a definable public good IMNSHO.

Better yet, undo the Howard/Keating disasters and privatise all telcos infrastructure so the mess of NBN can be put on a logical infrastructure footing. Let the telcos then flog the bits leaking out of the pipes if still addicted to "competition" There are natural monopolies and spectrum management would seem to be one of them.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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an edge case

the cost of a few poles and transformer has an increasing number of tree changers choosing off-grid. The large annual "service fee" is also an inducement to avoid the grid. An installer I know states that a 2 - 5 KW solar with optional 2 KW wind generator and enough deep cycle lead-acid battery for 3 days of normal household use is very saleable. About $40,000. No aircon in house. The fall back is a 10KW diesel generator.. Definitely not an urban solution, but any improvement in the economics of grid disconnection will show up at the edges of built-up areas quickly.

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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Re: Really, there were no other massive photos?

My dearest sensitive AC, so alert to possible sin/offense/misrepresentation. Has it occurred to you, old chum, me ol china, that the humble techies that peruse this journal have to stand at the back of a long, long line of males and females in the queue to be considered for sexist behaviour? Every geek I have ever met in a 20 year IT career, has been concerned with "what do you know". Unless looking for a date, never gender. HR departments and CEOs, IMNSHO, have practiced gender discrimination far more than any publication using an image of an apparent bimbo for hire. I, for one, welcome the lovely Paris back to gracing the pages of this august publication after a too long an absence. Now to clean the trowel...

For what little anecdotal evidence is worth, the female techies in my corner of the IT empire are most intimidating, especially to earnest proponents of the "let me help you, your poor helpless female"' do-gooder/moral censor character.

As for M$ and uploading photos for free, who trusts any company with offices in the 5 Eyes territories ? As Snowden and Chelsea demonstrated, the tins hats were wrong. Reality is way worse so tell 'em nothing or as little as possible. The French Cardinal Richelieus comment still holds, so don't write a paragraph. Oh wait.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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impressive effort

hardware that lasted that long and still works in a hostile environment, comms that reach halfway across solar system and reasonable hope that it go further. Beats my last 2 DVD players for reliability. Despite the carping at who went past all planets first, the yanks must be bream full of hope for great science data despite the distance scale. My coats the one with the Complete Tangler in pocket

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Oz energy company AGL promises to decarbonise by 2050

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does sound like the usual taxpayer funded trough being filled

lots of subsidies from real income generating activities. So where does AGL intend to get leccy after night fall o flog to the few that can afford it by 2045 ? Time to look at going off grid so the lights stay on reliably.

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

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Re: I prefer to call it ..

Teiwaz has a good point. In human factors analysis of accidents, information overload is often involved. Being able to remove irrelevant information allowing users to focus on essential features to immediate situation would be great. Assuming if there is a way to determine what the irrelevant is, (senior PHBs yelling is a certainty)

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On target Dabsy

Looking at the decline in UI design during the last 15 years, I have formed the opinion the "people" who design the solutions do not have a clue as to what real problems are. As an example, take excel which went from a mostly intuitive useful application to a feeble desktop publishing app that might be usable for a few arithmetic activities, unless one sits thru hours of tedious courses.

Most IT, so far, except in a few cases where the users (shock, horror) were closely involved in design and testing has been a poor success. The big successes of technology are where it is invisible. Engine management systems, ABS and advanced aircraft design where it just works, silently and efficiently to improve machine performance, efficiency and safety. Unlike the tedious crap which elicits a baffled an "Uh?" when powered up eg Windows 8.0. And this is why UI design and implementation really shows up as bad when messing directly with users perception of reality.

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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I hope you include all religions there

Some of the materialist ones have a worse track record for invading privacy and censorship than the old men in that dead empires capital or the holy city of Marxs' disciples. (Moscow for those under 70) Emulating Miss Grundy is not the exclusive preserve of super-naturalists. Seems to be a human phenomena. Most irritating kill-joys I have run-ins with are secular humanists . Not the place to ask why you seem to have a hot spot in your psyche there.

I loath the privacy intruders too, especially as some judges in Oz crapital city seems to regard invading privacy as the norm.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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not alone at last

Some-one else has stopped listening to what is laughably called popular music also ? Given how utterly dull, unoriginal and just plain noisy mass moosic now flogged to the insufficiently sceptical, I am surprised there is a music industry left to have these events. Given that in Oz ads now take up 30% of airtime, older multimedia are being ignored. Am I a pioneer, developing more refined tastes or just another grumpy old b*d ? No, don't answer that.

Dabbsy, good write up of events. Appreciated the honest dislike.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: About friggin' time.

oh I dunno Dan. Most hardware and software these days is far duller than the old old stuff. I mean, the last 3 iterations of M$ apps and OS have provoked scorn or loathing. Yet Win95 was exciting for those who led sheltered lives. Now its all dull, linux included. Nothing like the first time I fired up a real multu-user, multitasking OS on my PC at home.

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Re: Not worth going then...to an A-Sexual event.

@MyBackDoor. So right. IT is getting duller every year. Never go to the shows either, but ElReg had a few pleasing snaps to give an eyeful. Now the unforeseen consequences. I mean, those out of work hungry models, they will get even more ghastly skinny. Odd how the age of Victorian prudery is back but not from the conservative types this time.

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Australia: even more empty than you imagine

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Re: Bumper Sticker?

<rant> Top end lush ? B**it except during Wet. 3 months of year if a good season. It has been known to skip for years, long before climate change became a routine incantation for a non-standard year. FNQld is as bad as Kimberly or worse from the erosion from the Carpentaria impact 500 years ago. Most of North Oz is hot, dry and has limited dry season water. Not much in way of hills to provide valleys to dam either. May be the Victoria River canyon on the road to Timber Creek, but that is magic dirt country so it cant be touched. Lived all around up there for decades, been there, done that.

As for rest of Oz, verdancy varies dramatically from month to month and bushfire. General rule is when it is green up top, its hot, dry, dusty and damned unpleasant in the south while the various central parts take turns in being drought struck for decades. Vice versa 6 months later with years when the lot is dry. About every 30 years or so we get enough rain to drop the worlds oceans measurably. eg 2011.

I strongly doubt everyone _wants_ to live in the high density hellholes of Sydney and Melbourne, but as the greens are now a front for CBD owners and speculators it wont change quickly. Those dubious sources partly fund the political arms of the local oligarchy, who create energy inefficient high density cities to feed the greenie dream/nightmare of a highly urbanised rabble as a terrified client base while providing rent seeking super profits (in all senses of the words) to the oligarchs. </rant>

So yes Oz is empty and more friendly to camels than humans. That's why it is a major carbon sink, not that the green client base want to know.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: At the size of a human hair...

cant resist: And mumbling "Fangs for the memories"

Will TopGear also get their teeth in this ? My coats the one with the shellfish smell

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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the ultimate

in nominative determinism ? Perhaps he should be a physicist ? Mines the one with Rogets in the pocket

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'If someone in Australia says lick my toad, it's not a euphemism'

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of course

lovers of lousy alliterative headlines are legion on ElReg

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Guantánamo Diary, Lurid & Cute and The Door

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no hope

Book No1 might be a read, the other two sound like pulpers. Has the art of literature degraded to the point where nothing is what it is ? get thee to a taxidermist, symbolism lovers.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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Ah yes, aerobatics

Tigers are lovely for that. Slow and genteel compared to a Chipmunk or modern glider. Nowhere near the G loads in loops and very sedate going vertical to level. Only had the one flight but did enjoy it. Nice write up Sylvia

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Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office has NO PLAN, but awesome power

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what else would you expect ?

This "administration" has just suggested handing over core functions like the tax office to the firms that helped the GFC to be effective in financial destruction. Since government is to be an empty shell, except for the pollies super fund administration, why not have shell departments because there will be no physical government bodies left to have a digital agenda.

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HP reveals which execs have a chair once the splitting music stops

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Nominative determanism again ?

Bob Mao in China ?

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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And I thought

White House was already full of drones...

My coats the one with "Bee Keeping for politicians" in the pocket

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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bootnote blessings

A beer for the Editor. Very neat appropriation of Tims back of envelope valuations to argue the value of ElReg

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "right to freedom of expression"

@frobnicate

More the other way round. Parliaments were used by nobles to limit the absolute monarch. Parliaments more often existed by custom or culture. Not that kings did not wind up using the parliaments to control nobles. Our current political problems in the West are that parliaments are now funded by oligarchies and fed mis-information by spooks

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A Cambridge boffin told me YOU'RE A BIG, FAT LIAR

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Properly tested

on a known psychopath ?

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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About disappearing Hadean ?

so the earliest zircons showing early Earth was cool and wet don't count in this speculation ?

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About 4King time: Panasonic finally reveals voice-control Firefox OS TVs

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So cameras for sefie in HD ?

Back to film now Polaroid packs are available

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For the love of Bong! He's Chief Contract Killer Evangelist... for WHAT NOW?

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A really bad week ?

My commiserations on what must have been a truly awful week. Being a lowly tech in the trenches means the PHB and sales weasel class rarely go near us, sparing the IT staff the ungentle shower of lies and misrepresentation. Well done on a classy rant.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: the above problems point to one root cause

@Richard; last para is exactly the point of what Old Canberra town centers were, a few office blocks surrounded by housing suburbs. The office blocks also have a mall and a selection of cafes and baristas so basic daily needs are met. No high density concrete canyons, no need for incredible electricity, water and sewer capacity as required for the Stalinist concrete high density future slums that greenies love.

People tended to buy houses near where they worked so over time, whole suburbs tended to have maybe 3 significant employers co-located. Simplified bus route planning even.

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the above problems point to one root cause

in this time of mostly decent comms and sometimes tolerable cargo transport, why do CBDs exist ? Why are not all high density clerk stacking sites (aka offices) not outside residential areas instead of in center of them ? Old Canberra used to have this idea until the developer funded pollies took over. One could sanely cycle or walk to work. Even buses were not a bad idea. Maybe smaller Google buses might help as they would be mostly direct. None of these affect me as I live miles from any urbanisation so I'll keep my horse scaring internal combustion engine things.

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Bong Ventures will NEVER bow down to terrorism: Our Tough Stance in FULL

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well done sir !

ever thought of consulting for Tony Budgie Smuggler ? You would wow him and Brandflakes. Even the USSA should consider your services

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Australia's IT industries were repeatedly humiliated in 2014

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Re: Attorney General George Brandis, etc

this government are not dangerous as such. Glove puppets are not a threat but tools of the delusional minds of those who fund them. The glove puppet contempt for citizens and ISPs shows with the Xmas Eve release of cost estimate requirements for mandatory snooping records. This from a government with a so called debt crisis that has reneged on a promise to chase corporate tax avoiders but instead cuts funding for the lowest end of town. Clearly the decisions are not being made by parliament.

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Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

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so long as its

merely extend, not embrace. One would not want a SCO vs the universe legal show to start in about 5 years as to who owns what in source code trees. If genuine it may keep Microsoft very relevant to software for a long time. That would be tectonic as it looked until recently it was joining IBM in decline IMHO.

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Australia's future tech news headlines ... for 2016!

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One hopes that Cloud first is not the security disaster of the year

What's the betting some-one unknowledgeable, therefore an expert, will insist data of value to identity thieves will go into a cloud solution for a big department to save 20c. Since access will be hard for the experts, there will be little security, thus enabling most of the country to be Pawned. This will be used as the excuse for more ineffective holding of irrelevant emails and conversations in the unholy name of security. I can think of a prime candidate with a shiny new headkicker minister but since this is a police state I cant say which in case an arbitrary set of rulez is borken.

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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Re: What kind of drone was it?

so drone hit by native Oz creature. Yup, clearly a major political party drone. My coats the one with mud splashes around pockets

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Microsoft patch mashes Office forms and macros

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That picture

shouldn't it be on a Sony article ?

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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it is a start

for once, good move Microsoft. What took so long ? You were faster to claim linux fees, Oh wait

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Woz moves to Oz

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Re: Ah Tassie...

Happy to leave. No work, foul damp climate inbetween droughts on east coast, sacred swamps and dull scrub soaked in drizzle and rain on west coast. Full of old crap cramped buildings. At least Hobart still looks like Hobart, not another dreary glass box clone of every city elsewhere. Only place in Oz where one gets claustrophobia, in the open. Narrowness of valleys only matched by narrowness of minds. Booze and food better on mainland if one is not into whiskey. Bass Strait Islands excepted. Ah, cheeses made with good milk and care. I suppose Woz will join the hordes of economically displaced Sydneysiders looking for a place you can afford to live without being a banking or real estate thug or drug lord.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

dunno Harmony. Liquid hydrocarbons have a safe well established infrastructure in place, established stuffup/failure procedures and fixups. Hydrogen has to start from scratch and is hard to handle and transport in bulk. Liquid H2 is not nice to have around a hot environment, like Earth.

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