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

Dagg
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

Dagg

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

Dagg

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

Dagg
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

Dagg

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

Dagg
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

Dagg
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

Dagg

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

Dagg
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

Dagg

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

Dagg
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

Dagg
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

Dagg

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

Dagg
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'

Dagg

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

Dagg
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

Dagg
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

Dagg
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

Dagg
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

Dagg
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

Dagg
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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Steve Jobs' Apple yacht freed after family settles the bill

Dagg
Holmes

Re: I have a question - funny looking yacht

Yachts do not need sails to be called a yacht. Consider the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

Dagg
Devil

Re: Ping Time

Death by snoo snoo

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Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

Dagg
Angel

Re: Who cares about f*** gaya, it is the building style which is the problem

Building an earthquake proof building does not cause any major increase in cost. It just means you need to build it differently. Wood and/or steel framing with a non structural brick cladding works very nicely.

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Boffin claims Bigfoot DNA reveals BESTIAL BONKING

Dagg
Devil

Ligers and Tigions

Well if Loins and Tigers can interbreed with each other and product fertile offspring and horses and donkeys can interbreed and product sterile offspring you never know what could happen between members of the great apes...

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America to send space radar to Australia

Dagg
Black Helicopters

Re: What the radar will probably see

There is already a massive transmitter there, it is able to take out Qantas aircraft.

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WD blames hard drive woes on dominant mobile gear, feeble PCs

Dagg
Mushroom

The answer is simple!

Crap drives! I've had three caviar series die, the second one was still under warranty so it was replaced. The replacement died 3 months later and I'm still waiting for a replacement. So basically for me no more WD drives.

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

Dagg
Boffin

Re: Think of the Children!

Actually it wasn't the Local oscillator it was 15,625khz from the EHT oscillator they looked for. These was considerably easier to detect.

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

Dagg
Headmaster

What is the problem?

"once the mercury hits 350 that the hydrogen really starts to flow" I have a little bottle of mercury and I can use it to hit a sign that has the number 350 on it and everything should be good!

Or is this just a really bad example of journalism where they use mercury to mean TEMPERATURE! And if so what units, K, C or F! 350 K is easy to hit (77 C), 350 F is also easy to hit (162 C). 350 C is a bit more difficult.

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Climate change blamed for rise of LIFE-DRAINING HORRORS*

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Boffin

Re: Still too chilly

The problem isn't that it has happened before and will happen again. The problem is the rate is considerably faster than ever before.

This is the problem, if it took 1,000 years to get 10 degrees warmer then not a problem, everything can adapt. The coral reefs can slowly start to grow further south, new plants can move into different ranges. The sea would rise slowly without excessive coastal erosion.

But if it only takes 100 years to change 10 degrees then this causes big problems as the period to too short to adapt. The sea rise would be too quick to allow the coast to stabilise and this would cause the erosion.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

Dagg
Devil

Re: Poor Choice!

The problem with the "Swedish penal system" after it he will immediately be transferred to the "american penal system".

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Oz has to go nuclear, says Adelaide U scientist

Dagg
Mushroom

Re: Build More Nukes

One major problem COST! Nuclear is only economic when heavily subsidised by government for the bomb program. This reactor design is no good for bombs and will be extremely expensive to build and run. The last figures I have seen was this would be 10 times more expensive than several coal fired plants, and in Australia even more expensive than solar.

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