* Posts by Diogenes

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Page 3 of comments & no 2001 Space Odessey reference ?

"I'm sorry Dave, because your neighbour is ironing, we cannot spare enough electricity for you to turn the lights on"

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Oz energy company AGL promises to decarbonise by 2050

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new power provider signed up

These idiots will not get a cent more of my money

addendum

..that I have control over. The fact that the Feds will end up giving them @250 a year because of the RET boondoggle I can't control.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Customisation of search results

Its funny looking at the comments above , I never see xyz vs I always see xyz first.

May I remind the our gentle reader that google looks at all sorts of things before deciding which set of search results to return previous searches, which browser, which device etc etc. I get totally different results searching the same terms at home & work (which is a right royal pain sometimes but very illuminating at other times) - and the kids I teach also get different results for the same terms also which of 3 (work related) accounts I am logged into chrome. Although I must say that since I have started using ghostery the difference between the work/home set is reducing all the time with a much greater overlap on the first 2 pages - and getting "old" google on opera 12 is a positive joy

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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Yeh, and its not like the bank hasn't already replaced the closest hole in the wall at least annually for the last 5 years

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Fitness - Not only no but heck no.

Exercise damages joints , in my staffroom (& that does NOT include the PE staff) last year we lost more time to hip, shoulder, elbow, knee surgery, breaks and sprains than all other illnesses & 3 months maternity leave combined

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

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Windows

If you are a resident of the Peoples Socialist Democratic Republic of Victoriastan ( a wholly owned subsiduary of the CMFEU) , $500 million - 1 billion will go towards building a road that will not be built,

:-)

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Netflix fail proves copper NBN leaves Australia utterly 4Ked

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Re: "dangerously behind"

Give me a ring when you get your own MRI, XRay & blood testing machines at home that would justify 1GB, in the meantime a much lower speed is more than enough to just "chat" with the quack

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Choc Factory's king codec serves 25 BEELLION Tube hours

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Must be my eyes

The h264 on the right looks a lot clearer than the vp9 on the left

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Job ad appears for CEO of Turnbull's digital transformation office

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Fair is fair

It takes time to find the anointed one, and then write the position description so that only one person on the planet could possible apply (saw that at a former PS gig - the position description & selection criteria were missing only 3 items, must have a beard, a gap between the front teeth and first name Jim)

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Fast Integral Reactor. @otto

"the second season to include metamorphs" She was quite hot though. In human form, I mean! And even better as Lady Claudine Litton in 'The Return of the Pink Panther'.

sigh

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: Just checked...

Is that a spherical sheep ?

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Adobe: Flash, pah. Look, we're doing just fine in the cloud, thank you

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I am one of these

and at $12.50 per ANNUM (thank you employer) it is great value & would be silly not to do it

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Malcolm Turnbull proposes taxing Google and Facebook ads

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true but

It would reduce the pressure on the Commonwealth to dip into general revenue to pay for the things the states are responsible for like education, health, transport, infrastructure etc etc

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NSW premier pitches 'digital licence' as election stunt

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Re: Wonder how the cops will react

Currently doing privacy dot points with my year 11 Software Design Class ....

they came up with about 30 different privacy problems with this proposal in 15 minutes. As the 2nd part of this exercise I asked them to consider what permissions the app should have (none) and the ones it would probably ask for & a possible justification. When we listed them all we had every permission, and a "good" ie "think of the children"(TM) reason for each an every one.

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Studying humans for science? Wrap your eyeballs around our fine print, says Apple

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Lots and lots of noise

Back in the good old days I worked for a company that was having a major "health push". and they were passing out pedometers and having inter team competitions with "real" prizes for those that "walked" the furtherest. My team won. We strapped pedometers to our feet & tapped, several enterprising team members strapped them to pendulum clocks at home or metronomes, another guy rigged up a meccano device that looked a bit like a steam locomotive wheel with the mainrod & cylinder piston (used in certain movies for other purposes) & attached it.

When the local HR Exec who was responsible for this nonsense came through and saw what we were doing the whole thing died a quick death.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: To balance the scales...

you left out the vital skill of try to plug usb in, turn it over try again, & then turn it over again

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Telstra to let customers access their own metadata for AU$25

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Of course it has

I have fond memories of being hassled to complete a project that was holding up the rollout of /A4 exchanges - the reason given, the AFP & ASIO were screaming for the extra functionality

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: "Using historical records from four different countries"

well played sir. I do this to my students all the time.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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an optical delusion

We were very happy with our old 24" crt, until the magic smoke escaped. We replaced it with a 24" LCD - the screen seemed tiny in comparison, so quickly had to upgrade to a 36" to get a watchable picture

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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

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Californian Gulls or Australian gulls

To misquote the late great Monty Python.

When we visited CA from Australia we were struck by much bigger the gulls were (about the size of a 3yo child) , and how small the pelicans. Wasn't impressed by the dirty brown colour either.

Then there were the killer squirrels that attacked SWMBO on a beach near Monterrey

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

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Re: RE: offered a programming club

I use Scratch with years 7 - 9, coupled with the excellent CS Unplugged resources - Year 9 "Apps" last week were coding sorts in scratch and comparing the performance of various sorts. Indeed I believe some unis use scratch or kodu to teach basic computer programming concepts. (after my year 12s do their trial HSC, I will use Kodu to introduce concepts of object orientedness)

Now that they have the basic idea of sequence, decisions & iteration and events, I will be moving them on to AppInventor, then next stop for the brighter kids Android Studio.

I learnt the hard way kids do not have the patience to type move, and get mightly p****d off/discouraged because the compiler is too fussy - why is aNumber not the same as anumber or Anumber

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Four senators call for federal probes into Verizon 'supercookies'

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no dems all the way

Don't let political feelings get in the way of facts :-)

"Back in 2012, Verizon..."

Democrat Obama elected 2008 therefore FCC full of democrat appointees.

Democrat majority congress 2009-11

Democrat majority senate 2007-2015

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Anecdotal

Last year on day 1 back at school I surveyed the kids in my IT classes. Roughly 1/3 each windows , android and iphone.

Believe it or not this year 50%(!) windows , and about equal numbers each of android and apple. Nobody had a 6 (many still on 4), and most 'droids (roughly 2/3) were still on jellybean or kitkat - no lollipops.

A few of the kids have tablets (mostly cheap Pendo pads being sold @ $45 - again roughly 50/50 droid and windows, although I did notice my local Coles sold the droid quicker. There are a few ipad minis and a couple of Galaxy Tab/Notes in the classes where the kids have jobs - (all still waiting for Lollipop).

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Re: Total Stupidity

The basic entitlement is quite bizarre - you get either 1 or 2 weeks per year (depending on years of service, but if you have worked for over 10 years you get less than if you had worked 7 or 8, or 9 , + notice periods vary dependingn years of service (basically 1 week for every year up to 4 years) + an extra week if you are 45 or older.

I can't remember the details but IIRC ex Telstra staff going to IBMGSA had different rules, we were given 4 weeks for every year under 5 years +2 weeks after 5 years to a max of 20 years ((including service with Telstra) that was when GSA gave me the bullet in '03 - even though I had some rather unusual skills they were looking for to do a little jobbie in Thailand, not allowed to apply for as I was on "the list").

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

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Re: Year-on-year figures - a reasonable indicator?

The official word here at school is to use google docs as much as possible - they contain all the functionality 95% of us need (its only a few weardo's like me who run macros ) our network admin just finished an analysis of "ribbon hero" data (which tallies clicks on tabs, and the highest scorer by a country mile was me - most of the staff had scores below the students, and it appears I am the only person in the 80+ staff and 11000 kids to create my own styles,

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Nope. That's not our FAKE BOMB say Oz spooks and cops

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Re: The reason terrorists arent attacking Australia

I don't know, there are at least 2 corpses who would disagree with you.

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: This is probably very bad..

As the Russians once said during WW2 "there is a certain quality to quantity"

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Or as my great uncle, who commanded a unit of 88's said - "The Russian T34s came at us, I ran out of shells before they ran out of tanks, and that is how I was taken prisoner"

Another military size related saying that dates back to Korea "how many thousand men are in Chinese platoon ?" (source an old RSM of mine who served in Korea as a Private)

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Brandis and PwC silent on Xmas Eve metadata quiz

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Easy answer

100 billion $ for 1 year,

1 trillion for 3

that should cover any contingency (and scare the beejayzus out of him)

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: Meh

That comment could have him arrested in some jurisdictions - must offend the great security deity.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Re: Ok, so...

If you want a longer article may I suggest "Stonewalled" by Sharyl Attkisson (don't just dismiss her as just being a republican shill because "blog x says so" ) @432 pages enough for you? You can see google applying the same tactics to Hood as the Feds do to investigative reporters.

Given the links between the administration & google is anybody surprised ?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: @ I ain't Spartacus (let the flamewar begin)

As the son of a butcher , never did I see dad put anything other than trimmings as meat into his sausages (ie not offal). I worked with him every weekend and holiday between the ages of 10 and 22, and for 2 years for 2 hours before school.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Memories...

Even betterer - doing rifle drill ....

the rest on your arms reversed and the Queen Anne's Salute with the three-o and our favourite bit of "combined drill movement " the self explanatory "from a rabble to a rabble --- parade".

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Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

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Re: Absurdity? We don't need no steenkin' absurdity.

"In 1727 there were no recording media, and artists get paid only for live performance" ...

is also incorrect - many were employees and George III could have had them playing 24 hours a day if he had so desired.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Whalesong

He is a designer, he is paid to speak in in whalesong.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: What's with the Victorian moralities?

Actually, the old battleax and Bertie had an enourmous nude collection, and enjoyed a very vigourous sex life which she very much enjoyed

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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Re: Relevant?

In Anglo-Saxon the meaning of the name Kim is: Noble or brave

In Welsh the meaning of the name Kim is: Chief of war. Leader.

regards

kim

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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

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OK for 1st past the post , bit hairier for preferential....

One huge complication is the fact that in Federal elections, for the House of Reps one must mark ALL the candidates in order (if there are 10 candidates then you need to mark 1 to 10 (or an other numbering system that indicates the preference for EACH candidate - I counted 1 vote that had letters A-F , another in roman numerals, and another where they used 10, 25, 32 etc)

Our senate paper is also a right proper <expletive deleted> 2 different voting systems (1 number only for the parties above "the line", or number 1 to infinity - thats what it seems like in NSW) with 44 named parties and 120 candidates at the last election. At over a meter long, they are not called tablecloth papers for nothing !

No problem with electronic rolls or registration - they do this in NSW already, and have done so since 2012. All students are auto enrolled from a data dump from BOSTES (who run the senior exam system) to NSW EC, changing your address on your licence automatically updates the NSW EC registration, and a death notification to the Registrar General cancels registration. In 2012 there were approximately 120,000 voters on NSW rolls (ie 1-2 federal seats worth) and not on federal rolls & about 300k either not on federal rolls or the address differs from the state roll source http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2012/11/124000-missing-voters-in-new-south-wales.html. There is a push to have the other states adopt procedures like NSW (Victoria may have?) and have feds take their feeds from the states to fix these issues.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Koalas do it

Koalas do not naturally digest gum leaves - gut bacteria break them down & the koalas absorb the byproduct as nutrients.

Mum koala, when she is ready to wean her young, poops a special poop that is very high in the appropriate gut bacteria & the young climbs round the back and consumes same, and thus gets the bacteria & can start on those oh so yummy gum leaves (note the old urban legend about them being drunk is false , the leaves are so low in nutrients they conserve energy by sleeping 20 hours a day)

Then one is also reminded of the story that kissing came about because in pre knife days mum chewed the food to make it easier for young immature teeth & jaws to handle, and start the digestion process

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: That's not quite the statement

Then there is also the misclassification... I break my foot playing soccer ... I go to to ER ... I am asked if I am a smoker ... If yes then the broken foot becomes statistically correlated with smoking

IN Australia smokers contribute @8Billion in excise & GST & use about 380Million in healthcare (no typos with the billion & million) attributable to smoking related (see oara 1 on how this inflated)

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Join The Reg in Sydney for beers, ideas and Christmas cheer

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Re: O? No!

You do mean "melboringians" don't you :-)

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Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'

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MOST WORST OPTION

Again, totally ignores the way things are taught in primary school

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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minimum wage

I note that this is in area where it proposed to raise the minimum wage. - and we all know that raising the minimum wage does not reduce the numbers of jobs available - Hillary told me only just last week.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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could NOT being on social media be the future ?

Totally unscientific poll, but I spent a day being bored to death at cybersafety/digital citizenship presentations for the school (@1100 students) on cybersafety. There were 6 presentations each with a slightly different viewpoint & examples, 1 for each year (secondary ie teens).

When the presenters asked who was on twitter , very very few hands went up, on facebook, about 1/3rd of each group (and tellingly of that 3rd 90% were female), instagram - close to a 3rd again (big overlap between the groups and similar MF ratio). I was surprised and thought that the number would be higher. Speaking with presenters at the end of the day they said that this was typical of what they have been seeing in schools this year - last year the facebook was @50% and in the years before that as high as 90%.

I was looking for a method other than email to alert my year 12 software design & development to things that might of interest, reminders for homework etc expecting to have to create a facebook or twitter account but 0/24 used any form of social media. I have changed to my plan to increase the number of texts I send

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: The Register should write about what it knows, this article is a FAIL.

What is the optimum Co2 level for the earth ? Is it 2,000 p.p.m. - late Palaeocene, 500ppm - Miocene, <210 - Paleozoic or todays smidge over 400ppm ?

For that matter what is the optimum temperature for the earth ?

Much of the "global warming" that has taken place to date appears to random undocumented adjustments to raw data (Australia's BoM and its laughable ACORN dataset is a case in point - it has at least shared its data, but not methodology unlike 92% of climate "scientists") - NASA's satellite measurements show no warming for 16 years - and its not hiding in the deep ocean either.

Nearly every "the end of ...is nigh" prediction made by the "experts" since club of rome in 1972 has not come to pass (Drs Suzuki & Flannery come on down).

I will believe we have a problem when those in charge actually reduce the number and size of houses they own & the amount of energy they use (hello Al Gore and "Brangelina"), sell waterfront property (4 ex environment ministers & Prime Ministers) , stop flying (is that you Greenpeace?) and holding massive conferences about climate change in exotic locations that require thousands of delegates(hello United Nations)

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Re: Not as simple as that indeed....

Have you seen the great stinking pollution lakes created in China so you can you can have nice "clean" ,"quiet" and "fresh" solar panels or bird killers ? Have you seen pictures of the working conditions of the poor SOBs who extract the required rare earths ? Where are you going to get that nice safe lead or lithium for batteries (for when the sun don;t shine & the wind don't blow) ? How are they going be disposed of ?

The problem is you may have super deep pockets to pay for all that c**p - I don't, and I resent subsidising people that do (eg here in NSW peak power cost is @50c kwh - under a now grandfathered scheme my neighbour gets a gross solar fit is paid at 60c kwh) - by definition I am subsidising my neighbour's panels.

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Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

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Re: Hero not Villian

The irony - it burns.

Posting under AC !

I would not deign to give anybody who writes for New Matilda the title of journalist.

Where are Hugh Grant & hacked off ?

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NBN Co adds 'burbs to copper map, claims 'speed up' rollout

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Inconsistancies

Hmmm, the Central Coast list looks silly in places. They have already connected up the entire Budgewoi Peninsula - there are no properties on it ! Funny they don't have Lake Munmorah or Budegwoi which are on either end of the Budgewoi Peninsula listed (many people think the town of Budgewoi is ON the Peninsula)

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: torture and kidnapping - bin done

I remembered a case ...

google malaysia car finger

2nd result give this august site

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/04/fingerprint_merc_chop/

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Australia throws coding for kids a lifeline in industry plan

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Left hand meet right hand

I suggest that this was set in train assuming the National Curriculum for DT would go through relatively unscathed.

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