* Posts by Dagg

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Black Helicopters

What about the bloody Helicopters!

Drones, I don't have a problem with they don't make much noise. Where I live we have bloody helicopters just hovering over the house 24 / 7 and when there is a major sport event you get several flying around.

Drones may be cheaper but you can do all the same stuff with a helicopter! The icon says it all.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Holmes

@cray74 - there might be 35GW of geothermal power across the planet

>And geothermal? With conventional systems, the available sources aren't going to be powering too many cities - there might be 35GW of power across the planet for existing technology

Epic fail 67,246 GWh already exists!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_energy

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Dagg
Mushroom

Re: I seem to remember

>Geothermal has been explored. Like so many other ideas it falls over as soon as you do the detail work and find that a practical engineering implementation...

You what!

I've seen installations that have been working for about the last 50 plus years and they are competing with hydro, gas and coal. The Wairakei plant in the North Island of New Zealand is an excellent example.

New Zealand is still building them, I think the last one was sometime last year, so much for not being practical!

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

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Trollface

Engineering needs Science

And we all know the liberals hate science, it gets in the way of their religion.

How will they react when they find out that to code you need to understand logic and good logic and religion don't always mix.

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Black Helicopters

Interesting number of down votes

Are we seeing the result of "Big content" trolls?!

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Spooks, cops, say Oz metadata push is for consistency, not data grab

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Mushroom

Who defines offensive!

> AFP obtaining intelligence that an Australian IP address visited an offensive web site

I will never trust the government it is too easy for them to define what they don't what people to see. The changes the Tony Abort and his mates are trying to make look just like the US tea party would like, right wing and religious. This could mean that anything left wing and non christian would be offensive.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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FAIL

Re: Not such a big change

>>With chip+pin you get to enter your pin in 100s of different terminals at every convenience store, gas station and cafe.

Er, this is the same with your basic debit card, the only difference is you swipe the stripe and then key in the pin. You can do this in the same 100s of places on the same terminal that could be compromised in the same way.

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Mushroom

Re: Possible option:

Why, chip-and-sig is a huge fail! No body ever checks the signature, anyone can use your card and just sign with something that just vaguely like your signature. Doh!

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Turnbull to Big Content: Let your movies RUN FREE ... for a fair price

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Devil

Actually, you can't. Product placement in movies, TV shows and video games is subject to agreement with the brand or trademark owner.>

I think you are actually wrong here. The only reason you ever see "vehicles provided.." is because they got them free.

I really don't think that Reliant ever gave Rowan Atkinson permission to do what he did to those Robins.

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

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Devil

Re: @Steve the Cynic - I'm not sure

In Australia they have signs that state "Slow Drivers keep left". No one in Australia wants to be called dumb so they all drive in the middle lane.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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Re: A quadcopter by any other name

Everything in texas is colloquially know as a target. If it can be shot at it is shot at...

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Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband

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Mushroom

Re: Fibre's finally viable

Total fail fluffy bunny, you must be a tony abort supporter. I live in a metropolitan area and along with my friends and neighbours we have considerable problems with the copper. At least once or twice a week we have telstra out sorting out yet another bad connection.

Noisy lines drop outs weather dependant connections flaky internet performance etc.

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Come to Oz for sun, surf, ratting on co-workers and surveillance

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Mushroom

Re: What's so special about "democracy"?

>Democracy is a neat method of making sure your leaders will later become ordinary citizens who will have to live with the laws that they passed.

Not in Australia! Here they end up as extremely well off people with massive superannuation and special travel cards etc.

They have no idea what an "ordinary" person is.

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Boffins power wearable tech with body static

Dagg

Depends on humidity

This will depend on the humidity. The only place I've ever had a shock from a door knob was in the Midwest of the US (Iowa) in the middle of winter when it was a dry as. In the tropics where you spend all your time sweating you can never build up any charge.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Re: Bah!

It has NOTHING to do with the physical size of the capacitor. The mainframe caps you refer to will completely destroy a screw driver, but they are only 5 volts or maybe 12 volts.

The capacitors inside a monitor / TV or microwave operate at thousands of volts. the EHT section in a TV or monitor is typically 22kv.

It is extremely unlikely that 5 or 12 volts can give you any sort of shock unless you place the cap on your tongue. 22kv can and will kill you.

It is the energy in the capacitor that melts the screwdriver and the amount of energy in the EHT section of a monitor is not enough to do any major damage to a screwdriver. But the volotage is enough to punch through the skin and flow through a human body and if it crosses the chest it can stop the heart!

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Dagg
Boffin

Re: Bit of a whimp

It is not only the HT capacitors. the The screen tube is plated inside and out and it is used to smooth the EHT! That can give you one hell of a bite!

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

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Joke

Re: I support two teams...

Hey Pomgolian, how can you tell when a plane load of Aussies has landed?

The whining doesn't stop when they shutdown the engines!

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Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

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Re: Personally...

There is nothing wrong with 2G, I live near a major 90K+ seating sports stadium and for me it was considerably more reliable as the 3G and upward would drop out at half time quarter time and everytime a game ended.

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Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

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Trollface

Re: Goto

Why do you need to use a goto! These days just throw an exception it does the same thing!

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Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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Pint

Re: "You're a NEANDERTHAL"

No you don't! The hair comes off as they drag along the ground!

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

Dagg
Headmaster

Mercury is NOT a unit of temperature

It is a poisonous heavy metal, a planet or the name of an old god!

Because it is poisonous it has not been used in thermometers for years, these days thermometers use a coloured alcohol or they are electronic. So the statement "and in spite of the mercury getting close to 44°C" should be "and in spite of the red coloured alcohol getting close to 44°C" or "and in spite of the electrons getting close to 44°C".

Or, if you wanted to be CORRECT it should be "and in spite of the temperature getting close to 44°C".

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Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

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Re: We did question his use of plywood

Nothing wrong with plywood, just remember the Mosquito fighter/ bomber/everything else from WW2

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'Climate change is like Y2k!' - Oz senator

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Mushroom

Y2K nearly destroyed my marriage

I was working as a contractor in bank at the time and for 18 months I was fly in and fly out 12 hour plus days replacing the old system with one that was Y2K compliant. I even ended up riding shotgun when it went live waiting for the first ATM/EFTPOS transactions to start flowing. I ended up having to do a patch on the live production system, THAT was scary!

It totally stuffed me, but at least I ended up with an awesome amount of frequent flier points and help with a good holiday.

Tools like this senator have no idea and it is extremely dangerous that these idiots get elected.

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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

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Big Brother

It's about new smokers

It is not so much about stopping the existing smokers, it much more about stopping new smokers.

Who cares if the current smokers kill themselves, they are a lost cause, they already have the emphysema and the cancer and even if they stop in most cases it is probably too late!

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Amazon unleashes Australian Kindle Store

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Pirate

Piracy

And they wonder why illegal downloads are so prevalent! Doh!

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Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN

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Big Brother

You what!

>NBN need only deliver entertainment services

Yea, right the Tony Abort fiber solution will never be able to deliver anything at any speed so forget about any level of quality live HD movies sport etc, because that is exactly what Rupert Murdoch wants, no competition for cable TV.

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Dino-boffins discover 100-million-year-old BIRD TRACKS in Australia

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Devil

Re: Bah!

> scientists find a caveman footprint of the same age

They have done! Sarah Palin herself has seen it, a cave man foot print inside a dinosaur foot print, she is a politician and a christian so it MUST be true.

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Ziggy Switkowski appointed NBN Co executive chair

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Mushroom

Re: Starters orders

"highly likely..." yea, right! All and I mean ALL the problems I've had with my broadband have been in the copper right outside my house. It will make NO difference how fast the fiber is to the node when it transitions to crap corroded ancient soaked in water copper infrastructure!

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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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Devil

Re: "Random"

>There is no such thing as "random", at least according to some researchers who tested the statement.

Incorrect, try quantum fluctuation. Quantum mechanics runs on randomness.

The quantum noise from a diode is random and is used in random number generators. I don't know exactly what the intel engineers used, but basing it on the random quantum noise from a semi conductor junction would appear to be the easiest method.

However, if there is any post processing of the random number...

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Queensland bans IBM from future work

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Big Brother

Re: What happened to you, Big Blue?

I was in part of a very large consultancy firm bought by IBM. They told us all that nothing would change. BS! they just pushed us into being box shifters for software and server groups.

Previous to IBM we called them clients, in IBM they were customers. I hated it as we could see what was happening in terms of ripping off the client. But we were told to only deliver to the bare minimum of the RFP regardless of where it would actually do what the client needed. When the whole thing failed (as it did several times) the client was told we delivered what you asked for not what you wanted.

To me IBM knows cost of everything and the value of nothing.

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Mushroom

Another reason NOT to buy a Volkswagen

With this and the complete lack of support from volkswagen with VWs just dying in Australia there is no way that I will ever go near a VW.

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Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

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Re: NAVWASS

>pitot tubes

Aren't these the things that have problems with insects ice etc? I remember an incident with iced pitot tubes and an air france airbus in the middle of the Atlantic...

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WD: Enjoying our $630m, Seagate? Let's ruin your day with our results

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Mushroom

Re: Poor quality

Totally agree, I've had THREE WD drives fail, two caviar black and a caviar green. All were under warranty. Bought the caviar green and it failed under warranty, it was replaced with a caviar black, it failed and was again replaced with a caviar black, IT FAILED again under warranty. I gave up and bought a Hitachi and I've had no problems since.

I will never trust WD again.

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Bill Gates' nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power

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FAIL

Re: No Radiation?

>Nuclear fusion is getting a lot safer, and these new designs look much better still.

Functional nuclear fusion is ANYTHING but safe! Hydrogen bomb anyone! I think you are thinking about Nuclear fission! There are no useful(more energy out than in for more than a few seconds) fusion reactors yet.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Audio to External sound system

It doesn't appear to be able to have a digital audio feed to an external sound system. So if you have a Sony TV that can only manage a down mixed stereo output from any external HDMI digital audio feed you are screwed.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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Big Brother

Re: For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the USA if you want to live

Aoyagi Aichou 10:36 - Actually I lived in the states for a while and I remember a report about government travel advisories that stated that the US was the most dangerous place to live outside of a declared war zone.

So Aoyagi Aichou all the paces you mentioned are not war zones and will actually be safer than the US.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 debuts with IBM code side and centre

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Flame

Open office now screwed!

As an ex IBMer I was forced to use sym-phoney and it stank big time! I can completely disagree with the writer on that point.

I just hope they took only the good parts (I never found any) or else OO is dead!

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US remains global sluggard in broadband speed rankings

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Trollface

No wonder that California is slow, it is the home to the film and TV industry. The last thing they want is fast internet as it will completely stuff their business model. Just think about all the fast access to content from anywhere in the world free or much cheaper than Hollywood wants to charge you.

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

Dagg

Lies

Damn Lies

Statistics

Advertising

...

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Cosmic blast mystery solved in neutron star's intense death throes

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Re: Magnetic field

>Classical mechanics<

This issue I have with this is the term "classical" as apposed to "quantum" for a true event horizon to exist you MUST be able to exceed the speed of light. To me as a large mass collapses the gravitational hole created will slow the collapse to extremely close to zero, so to actually create an event horizon you would actually need to exceed the speed of light in the gravitational hole to be able to collapse it further.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

Dagg
Facepalm

VW

Concept sounds nice but in Oz it won't work as all the VWs will stuff it up with all the random slow downs and stops.

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Outlook son of Hotmail goes titsup for many in the US and UK

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Mushroom

Crashed in aussie half way through using it

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Stand by for PURPLE KETCHUP as boffins breed SUPER TOMATOES

Dagg

Purple Tomatoes are NOT new

I've been buying and growing purple tomatoes for ages. They are a lot sweeter with purple / blue flesh and juice.

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SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

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Re: I question the quality of work

This is just bad coding, it is not as a result of aspergers.

Just because you (may have) aspergers doesn't mean that you can create good code. To me (with aspergers) there is an inner beauty with well crafted code.

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Australia downloads a limping 13 Mbps, says Ookla

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Flame

I live inner city Melbourne, I'm live just over 2 km from an exchange, I have ADSL2+ AND I can only get 4.6 a couple of friends who also live close are about the same speed.

I also have extremely unreliable internet and phone service. The problem is the copper running past my house. This is the copper that Tony Abort wants to use for the liberal broadband.

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Holmes

@Sirus Lee flaky 'environmental science' degrees?

Not in my experience, I remember follow students doing a post grad degree in Environmental Physics in the 1970s. To reach that that needed a conventional BSc.

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Agile development may be taught in Australian High Schools

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Mushroom

Agile = joke

Agile has to be the worst IT project management process I've ever worked under and I've been in the industry for 30+ years. It is reactive not proactive, trying to reduce everything to a two week sprint is a joke, on any decent size IT project that I've worked on many of the individual tasks have been longer than that and any attempt to break them down causes task fragmentation and increased the effort required to re-integrate each of the fragmented parts back into a functioning whole. Agile which is based on JiT etc is really great for a continuous process like a car production line but not for a single project, if it was they would be using it for the process of building bridges, buildings and other engineering projects. The best PM techniques I've used have been in the software engineering sphere and with those software was treated like any other engineering discipline and process.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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Trollface

Re: Some of the most infamous terrorists of the 21st century were former engineers.

Some were doctors, Ernesto "Che" Guevara

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Climate watch: 2012 figures confirm global warming still stalled

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Trollface

Check your insurance premiums

If you really want to know if climate change is occurring just check how much your insurance premiums have increased over the last few years.

Insurance companies are like bookies, they look to the odds and if their payouts are increasing because of more extreme weather events then they will be increasing premiums to cover the additional costs.

So, if the average premium is increasing inline with inflation then no climate change, if however they are increasing faster than inflation then there is something happening and odds on it is linked to climate change! In Australia in some places they have gone up by double, triple, 10 times... This does appear to be indicative of something...

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Mushroom

Mercury is NOT a unit of measure!

It is temperature NOT mercury, Mercury is a planet or a heavy metal. It has been decades since it was used in any thermometer. These days they are either red alcohol or electronic!

So If you have to use stupid terms like "The mercury hit .." the correct option should be "The red coloured alcohol hit.." or "The Electrons hit..".

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