* Posts by Diogenes

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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Re: Not sure what the fuss is about...

Exactly !

The same sort of fuss was made when our beloved Minister of Education insisted on minimum standards for teachers (NSW-Aus). 99% of us realised we complied anyway, except the ladies were taken a bit aback when our WHS rep suggested open toed shoes were not a good idea in "practical" work spaces including science labs

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Turnbull's transformers plan business access to YOUR GOV ID DATA

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Not no but ~!@$! no !

Mrs D and I have my.gov ids only because we want to lodge our tax online. NO OTHER govt service is linked - we still go into a shop front to interact with Medicare on the odd occasion we need to you. We get nothing through Centrelink so it remains unlinked as well.

"Digital" Australia Card anyone ?

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Australia to tax ALL international online purchases

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Having been hit with GST on overseas purchases

when the threshold was $500 (I stupidly bought a brass locomotive worth many more USD more than that ), the process was simple, the Post Office held the parcel until the GST was paid. I can see the the aggravation of having to line up behind pensioners & actually pay the GST while the local PO is open will quickly outweigh the convenience of being able to order at 10:30pm. I understand some of the courier companies are currently also whacking a processing fee for collecting GST ,

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Pirates also buy content legally, Australian gov study finds

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Re: "those who consumed 100 per cent of their content illegally spent the least money"

its been fixed (100% legal spend least) , - but your comment still stands

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: What about the firehose option?

Not feasible in all situations, bombers are used precisely because you can't get a standard issue fire truck everywhere.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Semi "voluntary" cooperation

One mooted version of the "voluntary" cooperation has been put forward, is that various taboos and customs are put in place to manage the stock. The FlimFlamMan (aka Tim Flannery) illustrates this theory in his "Future Eaters" book & doco.

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Epic Games, Epic Fail: Forumers' info blown into dust by hack

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While they are it it

Can they modify UE so it doesn't need to phone home on start(or install) - or if not at least allow me to set the proxy & credentials so that it can access the interwebz.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Re: I quite like Spam these days

Amen, although the low salt version tastes like cardboard.

Nephew just came back from a stint on exchange Hawaii, and was telling me about the Waikiki Spam Jam. If only school holidays & cruise ships & festival coincided - sigh.

I was most unusual amongst my peers in that I would swap anything, except chocolate, to get the canned spam & eggs from the ration packs supplied to the Australian Army in the early '80s - mostly they were happy to swap a cereal block (imagine a small box of wheatbix compressed down into the size of one 'bix - we used to joke science had split the atom, but could not split the cereal block).

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Install OS X El Capitan update – or your apps may do an Ellen Pao

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It broke a few other things. Last week installed all of CC2015 - after update had to reinstall nearly everything except Incopy. Xcode claims to be incompatible with the current release o the OS - please upgrade - so when I try it tells me I already have the latest version aaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhh

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Re: Year 7 = 11 years old

I wish I could upvote more than 1 vote.

I currently teach an app dev class to year 9 & 10. Most of the kids want to build a FPS or GTA clone, and are uninterested in doing simpler games like frogger or space invaders, or worse a vanilla "master detail" or calculator to get their feet wet.

In general atrocious attention to detail and attention spans - "sorry Jhaaydyn varible is not the same as variable", "yes Kyhilie you do need a semi colon on the end of every line", "freddie why are assigning every thing to the one variable?" , "Wendy you missed this whole subroutine here", they get frustrated - nothing firetrucking (acceptable classroom substitute for the other word that starts with f and ends in uck) works stupid firetrucking POS !!!!! mean trying something that doesn't involve a lot of typing. Therefore I have tried appInventor & gamesalad and other tools but because various ports are blocked and we are behind a proxy we don't control , none of the simulators or indeed tools (I'm looking right at you Unreal Engine & appInventor helper) work

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Don't you speak "anglish" (as in anglo saxon). Actually getting rid of the "borrowed" french, latin & greek would make english a lot more sane

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Australia gets its Internet filter after Senate vote

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Where were the other 26 votes ?

76 senators - 50 voting = 26 lazy bastards cowards

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Re: @nilfs2

Most major composers made their living not from composing, but through performance

and read what they all said about publishers - same complaints.

patrons little better - sometimes a little slow in paying & refused to pay if they didn't like the work

or out and out mongrels - think reasons for, and theatricality of, Haydn's "Farewell Symphony"

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Graphene sheaths could boost processor signal speeds by 30 per cent

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will it blend ?

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No, Australian Small business AREN'T flunking out online

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One(or both) of two even simpler explanations

1. The Information Technology sector already uses information technology (doh!) therefore analysis would lead to the award of an IgNoble Prize

2. The information technology sector is not expected to grow

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Australia gets its site filter at LAST

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Wind <> brain f**t - filter = brain f**t

Even if wind turbines could be magicked into being(ie no CO2 or other pollution cough Baotou cough) , and had zero whole of life costs, the need for 100% backup 24/7 from other sources makes their existence utterly pointless. Indeed, given the potential for destabilising the grid, it’s even worse than that.

I saw one estimate that said it would cost 40 billion, all subsidised by the mug taxpayer to build the required number to meet the requirements of the current RE targets - all to save 0.0043 degrees (taking IPCC worst case & Australia's proportion of world CO2) and which is more often a co2 sink than net co2 contributer

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The $60,000 logo: What it costs to change a website

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Branding ?

Why we will all be connected to it anyway ?

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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Enjoyed it

Mrs D and I sat there with a smile throughout with a few lol moments and the odd roflmao moment. It was a good night out.

On an unrelated comment, we didn't go the movies at all last year it was all "meh", this year 5 times so far (Mrs D has seen 3 more, (chick flicks/romcoms ) with her boss .

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re: Anyway

When the actual boffins release their data, and/or code then I might believe them. When they actually start behaving like there is a problem, then I might believe there is a problem (why fly business class for a conference , why not telecommute?, When Greenpeace execs stop flying their kids around the world (whilst wagging their fingers at others doing the same) or commute home by plane every weekend then I might believe them.

That said I am all in favour of real environmental outcomes, like cleaning up China's smog problem (modern coal fired power stations are a vast improvement on charcoal stoves), or the pollution lakes of Baotou - where rare earths required by our "clean" windmills & solar panels are processed.

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And coincidentally from the editor of the Lancet

"A lot of what is published is incorrect.” I’m not allowed to say who made this remark because we were asked to observe Chatham House rules. We were also asked not to take photographs of slides. Those who worked for government agencies pleaded that their comments especially remain unquoted . . . this symposium—on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, held at the Wellcome Trust in London last week—touched on one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the idea that something has gone fundamentally wrong with one of our greatest human creations.

The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness."

Whilst many may read the conflict of interest of being the nasty Koch Brothers, or "Big Oil" having paid an organisation some money in the past, why should research funded by "Big Green" be any more clean ? - Even more ironic when "Big Oil" actually gives more grants to CAGW believers than others.

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Re: Echo Chamber

Yep, and self created as well.

Government gives "Big Green" a grant, "Big Green" uses that that grant to campaign for more regulation/banning/taxation of .....

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Re: Consensus is not science

Yes the physics of Co2 absorption of heat are known and there is an actual real consensus. But, and here is the big but, Co2 is not the ONLY driver of climate, and one has to think of the old "yes my theory works , but only for the apocryphal spherical chicken in a vacuum". Nearly every prediction made by the models has proved to wrong, and Armageddon (the so called "tipping point" ) has been delayed several years.

I feel sorry for those in the Northern Hemisphere, it looks like its going to get colder - I refer to

Gerard D. McCarthy, Ivan D. Haigh, Joël J.-M. Hirschi, Jeremy P. Grist, David A. Smeed. (2015) Ocean impact on decadal Atlantic climate variability revealed by sea-level observations. Nature; 521 (7553): 508 DOI: 10.1038/nature14491 which refers to the AMO (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) which looks like it is entering a cooling phase (hang about - if it is now cooling , could that mean it was warming at one point and was responsible for the warming seen until 1998?)

As for the echo chamber effect, it is assumed by our acquaintances, that because I am a teacher I am progressive, and so my inbox is full of "conservatives are weird/stupid because ..." stuff.

Sadly we are seeing more & more of this at a university level, where instead of healthy debate, and students being exposed to ideas that may offend see the rise of "trigger warnings", that expose them to controversial history (eg the fact that before the US Civil War there were a large number of black slave owners, and the man generally regarded as treating his slaves the worst was black, and an ex-slave to boot) or to the poor thinking of the "idiots' (usually whichever group or person is currently on the end of a twatter storm, or who has incurred the wrath of an NGO) "no platform". Is this because of the paucity of their own argument or the "idiot" actually has a better case ?

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OK Google, how much of my life do you observe and disturb?

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Re: Gmail is the only Google service

I have some software that allows me to whitelist sites in my classroom ie students can only get to www.xyz.com and complete the exercise. Great idea in theory but there is so much c**p coming from all over the web, in practice it is useless as it loads qwerty.js from google, farnarkle.js from yahoo, nooo.js from adobe etc etc etc that I need to go to the site, view source & whitelist the calls - its a PITA

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Ownership should work for SWMBO & I

Imagine a near equilateral triangle with sides @ 12-15k long. One point is home, the other is SWMBOs work, the other mine. When she starts @ oh dark 30 and me at 8 , she could take the car, it returns for me , takes me to work, then waits for her midday finish, collects & runs her home, then comes to collect me @ 3 and brings me home.

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Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

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Re: Here comes the drill...

Nope. Taxi drivers are one of the few groups that are not included in the 75k threshold.

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Quibble about coal

Coal certainly had been found in Australia. There was a settlement called Coal River (now Newcastle) on what had been called Coal River (now known as the Hunter River)

1796 Informal accounts reach Sydney of the reserves of coal at ‘Coal River’.

1797 Lt Shortland and his crew enter Coal River and confirm the coal resources.

1801 Formal identification of the great potential of the coal reserves and the river. First brief attempt to set up a coal mining camp.

1804 Formation of a permanent convict/military outpost to mine coal, harvest timber and prepare lime. A light beacon and gun emplacement built on the southern headland. Nobbys Island seen as a useful place for confinement. Aboriginal-European encounters.

1839 End of era of government-controlled coal mining and beginning of private enterprise mining by the Australian Agricultural Company.

by the 1850s the AACoy was exporting coal to the American west coast.

...and in case anybody wonders I am an 'anorak' and the coal railways of Necastle(on Hunter) are my 'thing'.

Museum added to short list of things I want to visit London for.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Maybe another reason?

I suggest you look up the history of the late 1920s bank crashes in Europe. A smallish bank fell over, that started runs on other banks, which in turn crashed, which caused more runs .... until banks in the US, South America and Australia started falling over.

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Australian government sun to set on NBN funding

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Never expected to see it anyway

Weren't on the original (ALP) 5 year FTTP roll out plan (and I expected it never to get past THAT rollout as the money would run out), not on the current 3 year plan (FTTN). It will come as close as 3km away, but again expect that the cash will run out before I see it.

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According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

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and even on-net vs off-net

Although Telstra is not my ISP, because my ISP (TPG) couldn't put its own DSLAM in the exchange, I am on Telstra's kit. It would be interesting to see say, my neighbour's (offnet) Optus vs my (offnet) TPG vs across the road's Bigpond Netflix streaming speeds as we all seem to speed test within 1-2 k of each other (@ 11-15MB most of the time - depending on weather/day/time/how I hold my mouth) as we are all on the same DSLAM and have virtually the same path (neighbour's is 16 m longer).

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Intangables 375 mill over 4 years ?

Colour me unimpressed, thats less than 1 weeks worth of NEW debt per annum

Billions hahahahaha - a way will be found

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1998 asks to speak to Turnbull about local calls

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Wow a whole 100k

its a real pity they made a 2.1billion loss last year year - oops that was a profit On revenues of 25 billion that's a rounding error

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Re: Seems simple

There is, in Australia it is called the Australian Tax Office. Ok its not THAT disinterested, but it would be looking for really obvious transfer pricing rorts , see my post on page 2 of the comments.

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The ATO IS involved in determing Apples "buy price"

From the Senate Inquiry....

Senator EDWARDS: Let me try and help—because this is getting painful. Are you inflating the transfer price of all your goods to a point where you are lowering your gross profit to a point where you are minimising your income tax paid here? Is your transfer pricing being artificially inflated—

CHAIR: That is an allegation.

Senator EDWARDS: to gather profits in another jurisdiction?

Mr King : Not at all.

Senator EDWARDS: Okay, unpack that.

Mr King : Our product cost is determined on an arms-length basis. What is important to refer to in this discussion is the advance pricing agreement that we have had with the ATO for many, many years. Our APA experience with the tax office goes back to the early nineties. The APA process is a very rigorous and thorough process that is a framework to ensure the product cost in the transfer pricing concepts is fairly stated on products being brought into Australia by a multinational. That is a very, very rigorous process and it is reviewed annually. We have worked with the ATO since 1991 in establishing the costs of our products that we bring into Australia.

Senator KETTER: Are you saying you do not have strategies to reduce your tax in Australia?

Mr King : We pay our tax in accordance with the Australian tax law.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Re: Radio communications

10-4 big buddy

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Now, maybe the country should be run as a company for the benefit of the shareholders - the population - and should therefore make a profit with dividends being shared out among the shareholders

WS Gilbert beat you to it - see Utopia Limited.

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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No interwebz for us

For the third time this year our school has been without the interweb for a week- the 1st time a council road resurfacing project ripped out the fibre, the 2nd time the machine attached to the our end of the fibre carked it and it took a week to replace (despite HPs promise of same day service!), this week we had the equivalent of a force 2 cyclone dropping a tree into our server room on Tuesday, kit replaced late yesterday , but today something 100km away at head office broke which meant that any authorisation to G4Ed and O365 cloud were impossible. 25% of my students still have no power or phone & no mobile reception at home - yay put everything in the cloud.

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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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