* Posts by bugalugs

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Reg readers rise to Vulture 2 paintjob challenge

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Ian's Vulture design

in red and white, for me...

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SOLAR SECRETS of WSC winner team Nuon

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Re: pyramids

a sort of fresnel-ly lens ?

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Ye Bug List

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Happy

New voting

LIKE

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Assange: 'I'm fond of your work, Cumberbatch, but let's leave it at that'

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Did I read

that Assange's reaction to the film was based on a draft of the script ?

and that Cumberbatch had reacted by saying that the final treatment was more sympathetic ?

I read this somewhere

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

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Not a trivial venture -

not trivial at all. Artificial gravity would be required to enable CO2 release, which, were it to the outside, would have to be through a regulator to maintain back-pressure in the vessel. The yeast used will need to operate at space station room temperature, otherwise a heating element of some kind will be needed inside the vessel. The water and wort additives - extra sugar, assuming some kind of pre-packaged wort being used - would have to be introduced to the vessel separately from the yeast solution, or at least stored separately. Some kind of internal agitation, magnetic perhaps, might be required to assist the brownian motions of the brewing wort. When the brew is complete the product would need to be dispensed into the kind of sealed drinks containers already used on the space station, to be drunk through a straw, ( and we all know what happens when you do that - whoopee ! ) The whole process would need to be watertight to avoid any spillage and probably vacuum-proof to be safe in case of de-pressurisation of the brewing compartment. In order to repeat the process, cleaning and sterilising solutions and methodology would be required. None of this is impossible but I'm having difficulty imagining a process that might work in space working on earth. Perhaps I need more imagination but 30 years home brewing prac has me scratching my head on that one.

Good luck, kid. I'll toast you with a ( terrestial ) home-brew if you can make something drinkable !

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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in south oz

my little CT110 with carrying box is quite welcome at Macca's drive-through. wouldn't try without some carrying capacity but...

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US Navy builds master control for military drone ops

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I

wanna puke. Management-speak murder. Death is so easy when it's somebody else.

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NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat

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@M7S Re: Units.

European or African ?

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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elReg readers say this about

tea

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

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A new meme

" ... cost sweetener in their calculations, however: their cost estimates for that comparison includes the costs related to the human health effects of fossil fuel–caused air polution. "

This meme has been showing up lately. Projections ( for which read modelling ) of putative death-rates associated with any activity is now calculated at $2.5 meeellion per head. This makes really stupendous sounding ecocomic propaganda. Without deprecating the ascription of that value to a human life I'd be interested to see a take on the impact of, say, electric vehicle accidents, latte-induced kidney failure, fugu fatalities, bicycle doorings, solar-panel installer accidents to say nothing of open fires - I think you see where I've headed here. Ignoring duplication cost, networking is the problem with renewables as they stand.

If CO2 is the problem, the answer is nuclear.

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File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine

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Someone will want to locking up all our young people next !

If this lady had shop-lifted an album containing these songs ( and perhaps un-attributably copied the disc and shared it with a bunch of friends who then did whatever with the files so what haven't we all ), then been picked up for her light-fingered-ness, she might have done a couple of hours CS and scored a slap on the wrist . Given that the internet has pushed all sorts of shiny at gullible clickers, including historically the likes of Kazaa, Limelight et al which bestowed no benefit other than the files any penalty greater than the retail value of the songs might only be justified as punative damages is outright extortion.

If there real culprit be

the clickbait beneficiary

might be he.

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

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For Pardon also read

Apologise to, Uncharge, Deconvict, whatever OK ? History needn't change.

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Parliaments north and south

seem perfectly capable of churning out pick, tick and flick legislation at a rate of knots.

A Bill to Retrospectively and Without Prejudice Pardon Persons and Entities Extant or Deceased Convicted of Offences under Laws Since Repealed

would take no time, cost nothing, add little more than a few foot-notes to history, give enormous relief to family and admirers of those so convicted and at least mollify the consciences of us all.

IANAL but no ?

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Happy birthday, Transistor

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Re: www

and I booted around the footy oval at Niddrie High School in 1968 addressing the problem of referenda debate and voting, proposing the connection of a keyboard (input) and television (GUI) combination in people's homes to a central computer via the domestic telephone network. I'm sure I'm no orphan in this.

I decided against pursuing it when further imagineering yielded something not unlike Twitter !

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Australian app inquiry launches

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well

they've got some input now. thanks, elReg.

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Last moon landing was 40 years ago today

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Re: Really?

Would not troll with, must try harder...

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CSIRO top brass sent to anti-bully boot camp

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What about executive resposibility ?

I wonder whether another CEO would have accepted responsibility having been in office for nearly four years ? But of course former bank directors are never to blame for anything are they.

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John McAfee: Let me go to the USA - or old Blighty

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Re: No safety net.

It's a good idea, but what would the Belizians charge Mr Bush with ?

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Such a shame

that the Intellectual part of this Property grab is filling out a form and paying a fee. How innovative.That is all.

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Australian Police say don't use Apple's iOS 6 Maps

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Flame

Having motorcycled through the Pink Lakes country *

I'm here to say it can be very, very scary. Flat, dry as chips, few geographical references and no locals to speak of **. Being Australia, tourist rip-off mecca that it can be, not a particular flying fuck is given about anyone who doesn't know their way around you are free to go as and where you please. But this police advice needs to be posted in a meter-high font at every entrepot. Failure to carry adequate paperwork, funds, fuel, water, warm clothing, bedding, first-aid kit, rations and excuses on long trips can be fatal ! ON ANY OTHER THAN FIRST CLASS AIR SERVICES, LEAVE ALONE REGIONAL HIGHWAYS !

ps: roads here are generally described as either " made " or " unmade" according to extent of macadamisation.

* before Jobs and Wozniak built their first device, as it happens

** Icon - did I mention HOT ?

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Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'

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Trollface

Re: Was it? from the introduction to the Garnaut Report on Climate Change 2011

pp ix (it's still there ) by Ross Garnaut ( Economist and Mining Company Director)

" But then I said something that brought back the prime minister’s attention. ‘If we used the share market’s discount rate to value the lives of future Australians’, I said, ‘and if we knew that doing something would give lots of benefits now but would cause the extinction of our species in half a century, the calculations would tell us to do it.’

The beginnings of a smile on her face became a hearty laugh. ‘You’ve got us there, Ross’, she said, as the others were infected by the lift in spirits and joined the laughter. ‘That’s a unanimous decision of the committee. We’re all against the extinction of the human species.’ "

Or not ?

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UK climate expert warns of 3-5 degree warmer world by 2100

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Devil

Back in the real world

There is still a thriving colony of fairy penguins within 5 km of the heart of Australia's second biggest city. A few km down the coast the beaches I grew up on are more beautiful, cleaner and full of life than when I was a child 50 years ago and the air where I now live is consistently like wine. Subjective perhaps. The screechings of the climate-change alarmists become more ominous and the solutions proffered more bizarre and hideously expensive. The tricks and turns of these propagandists would make any 20th century wartime minister for information green with envy. The latest is " co-ordination" ( why does that word make me shudder ) of all emergency services under a politically appointed supremo - to deal with fire, flood, epidemic or whatever other climate-change induced disaster ( and here it all is ! ) the government of the day wants it to deal with. The platforms of our train system are patrolled by armed "Safety Officers " but you can't buy a ticket or use the toilets as there are no railway staff any more, or anywhere else for that matter, just goons with guns. The public infrastructure is being turned away from the public, given into the control of the cheapest tender to operate a license to print money. Has organised crime taken over ? - The mask keeps slipping...

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UK.gov: 'Foreign cyber reconnaissance' underway in UK

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Acronym-ising

National Cyber Security Strategy, UK National Computer Emergency Response team, Cyber Reservists for the MoD, GCHQ, The Security Service, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, University of Oxford, Cyber Incident Response scheme and National Cyber Crime Unit of the new National Crime Agency gets NCSSUKNCERTCRFTMODGCHQTSSCPNIUOOCIRSNCCUNCA.

William of Occam might have had something to say about such multiplication, but I think I just found my new password !

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World's largest miner spooked by climate change

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meh

Given Australia's pretensions to world leadership of the Camelot Weather Restoration Movement, the AGCC spin on this announcement is just PR. If these images are anything to go by, an upgrade to cyclone-proof is overdue. And tax-deductible of course...

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Real sci-fi space ships coming at last? NASA tests nuclear engine

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Re: "That's not even enough to heat up a kettle..."

Sorry Martin, 1Kw for a couple of minutes will boil a kettle. The insignificant Kelvin metric anomaly matters to all who dunk...

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

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So, what

is the OEM / retail sale ratio ?

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Fujitsu's canine cloud keeps pets petite

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Japanese say " wan wan " as English speakers say " woof woof "

and some of the dogs I've seen in Japan could definitely benefit from some better care - being a status symbol doesn't always translate into an ideal life for the poor beggars...

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Badges for Commentards

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Purple Vulture

To those otherwise unbadged with upvote/downvote ratio better than 2:1 - wounded in combat but not out and all that ?

Of course I'm interested, I luv badgers

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Assault on battery

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Re: Re: if i could be arsed

would that be necessary ?

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bugalugs

if i could be arsed

i'd propose a usb-powered inductive mouse-charging mat. oh, i think i just did...

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Sailboat cracks 100 km/h for first time

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Video

The pontoons were crossed up most of the time. Fine-tuning should deliver even greater speed !

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

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Go

Spaaaace dream

As a sci-fi lover and IT retiree it pains that a study (PDF here) of South African platinum mines out of Monash University reveals a best energy/coolant performance of 175.1 GJ/kgpgm at one location and 269.3 m^3H20/kgpgm at another location ( PDF page 11 ). So, ~27 barrels of oil or ~48 Mwh and perhaps 80 overweight indian elephants of water to produce a 1 kg piglet of platinum, terrestially.

Whatever these chaps plan to do with whatever they believe they can find, serious innovation in remote / autonomous waterless micro-gravity mining, concentrating, smelting, refining, milling, machining, by-product processing, waste disposal and transportation appears needful. Other challenges might include the inverse square law as applied to solar panels at the orbital distance of the asteroid belt, the limits of political tolerance vis-a-vis the project milestone of hoicking major atomic reactors into departure orbit and the impact on the rocket -fume / breathable-atmosphere ratio that despatching the necessary foundation plant might have.

Nice dream, tho...

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Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

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Re: Chalk this up to disruptions of the internet

" to take a variation of an old example, if an Australian resident on a British website clicks an ad for a German company brokered by an American company, where is the transaction happening? "

The German company contracts accountable advertising exposure from the American company and makes the appropriate expense claim. The British website contracts accountable content from the American company and makes the appropriate income declaration. The Australian parts with their credit$ for the advertised goods / service. The German company despatches the goods and makes the appropriate income declaration. The Australian has obtained a right in Australia, rightly subject to applicable Australian law, no ?

Props to Mr Bradbury for articulating a difficult issue.

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Climate NON-change: No increase in droughts since 1950, say boffins

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Re: Catalyst 13:25

I watched this program on iView last night. BOM statistics were presented, all showed a .7 degrees celsius average increase over 100 years, with which I have no difficulty. Dr.Jonica Newby spoke of the seas around Tasmania getting " hotter and hotter " then put her foot in the aforementioned sea, saying "mmm not too bad " before a wave came in causing her to withdraw her foot with a shrill giggle. The clear implication was that the water there was HOT. According to the program ( as it might be interpreted ), my chances of success in a cooked-prawn-direct-from-the-sea retail sales business based at Port Arthur, Tasmania, were 100,000 to 1.

The program had an agenda. Was it guided by an ABC seminar of 28, whenever that was held ?

Following the link may confirm/deny your prejudices. This program violated scientific integrity for propagandistic purposes, IMHO.

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BOFH: Hasta la Vista... luser

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Happy

tis the festive season

to have 3 in a row !

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SECRET 28 'scientific experts' who Greened the BBC - Revealed!

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Pirate

@bugalugs "falsify away"

aweigh, of course

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might not

falsifiability be defined as the quantum of credibility(utility,applicability,understanding,etc) of an hypothethis or theory resting on the repeatability of experiment and accuracy of empirical observation ? F = AeO/Re ; range 0 -1. 0 = faith, 1 = applicable science...?

falsify away

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Tech support blog removes Toshiba manuals after legal letter

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FAIL

Ah, yes, Toshiba laptops

and the two hour 4-DVD ROM " Back-up/Restore Disc " creation process at install. Good reason to remember that well. They never worked.

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Swedish boffins: An ICE AGE is coming, only CO2 can save us

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Re: Ice age?

WHAT is your favourite colour ? horn-gloat rag-strewn...

(Holy Grail etc )

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IBM begs Britain's new top cops: C'mon, set up pre-crime units

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It comes as little surprise

that you are cynical about election of police commissars. Your nation's existence has, within living memory, been threatened by a society whose law-enforcement functionnaries were blatant political appointments from amongst elected officials. These officials proceeded to so influence their police forces as to render nugatory real commitment to the common good in favour of the dictated dominant political paradigm. Fuck Godwin.

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Conroy says filter demise a win for community consultation

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All this on the day

the Prime Minister has announced consideration/planning of a Royal Commission into child abuse by " institutions". Fascinating that a story about NSW ALP politicians' buddies having well-in-advance information about which farms might be worth buying up prior to coal-mining exploration licenses being granted was shuffled off to be overwhelmed by the PM's announcement. ahem.

Damn them all.

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Edible iPhone case goes on sale in Japan

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osenbei are delicious

but meant to be popped straight in. Their oh-so-slightly-caramelised-soy glaze would accumulate all sorts of fluff. The seaweed garnish wrappings would flake off too.

生存 seizun (survival) sounds like sanzen(3K) ( happyaku juu hachi(.818K) ) punnishly

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Google's UK grip slips a bit, brutal dominance basically unshaken

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Re: Search engines all failing

gurgling " the German tin plate toy search engine " bought your post up at #5..

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Texas woman sues cops over burst Bulgarian airbag

bugalugs

Compliance

Stand still with both hands at your side. Say clearly " I am compliant " and outline any medical conditions you think relevant ( think duty of care ). Carry an activated sound recorder ( and preferably have someone videoing the incident - getting harder isn't it ? ) then do your best to do as requested by the officer.

Here down-under a chap at a random public transport search point was arrested for putting his hands up on the grounds that it was " a threatening gesture " !

If violated, complain / litigate !

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IT ran its Melbourne Cup well before race day

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Unhappy

Green Moon

@ AU$20 the win. sigh, mine ran straight on into the petfood truck.....

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Yahoo! To! Sell! Home! Gene! Test! Kit! In! Japan!

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Y29800 or about AU$370

an interesting sign of the times

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Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

bugalugs

"cost-effective"

code for " the money goes into the right pockets " ?

anyway what does bottom line cost have to do with the desired outcome ? happy to pay a bit more if no-one has to breathe exhaust fumes !

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Facebook digs in over Jill Meagher page

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Coat

Facebook

has been tightly integrated into the media scene here downunder. The government broadcaster, the ABC, mentions FB and Twitter every five minutes. Official ABC policy, I need to add, is to not promote private services, brands or companies beyond launch of what may be seen as a worthwhile enterprise. Exceptions are made for these data-mines social media. News bulletins and most other programmes promote the twin horrors their darlings incessantly. Socially, failure to have active accounts with them, let alone expressing doubt about the wisdom of recording so much chatter forever, is seen as queer. Whilst I'm happy to concede that some use them in legitimate and even productive ways, there is a huge amount of hateful sniping between users which has driven some people to madness ( in your country too, eh ? ). Ms Meagher's murder ( dreadful but hardly without precedent ) has bought a number of IT related subjects to the fore. Calls for extension of CCTV coverage were immediately met with an admittedly-probably-nugatory-but-very-speedy commitment from the Victorian government of 3 million dollars for that purpose. Only a few civil rights lawyers have raised any doubts about this. The matter of FB postings about the accused is one which must be addressed. I wonder if plans of the plutocracy might be upset if they take action against the occupants of what has been created - an elephant house in the media room. I hope a court requires them to take action. Promptly.

YOU ! Get your hands out where they can be seen !

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