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17 posts • joined 15 Nov 2010

FTTN cabinet survives Kiwi car crash

djnapkin
Pint

4WD and drink driving

Hey Matto, you've come here for the cold hard facts. Well, here are some.

My summary: 4WD drivers are pissheads compared to the rest of the population.

The facts:

Where known/tested, 29 per cent of 4WD drivers involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) greater than 0.05g/100ml. This proportion was higher than for all other types of vehicle operators:

- Twenty-six per cent of motorcycle riders

- Twenty-one per cent passenger car drivers

- Nineteen per cent of light truck drivers, and

- Two per cent of heavy truck drivers

From http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/publications/2002/FWD_Crash.aspx

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Hurricane Sandy blows US pirate-pestering plan into 2013

djnapkin
Holmes

I'm amazed that youngsters find all these new movies actually worth pirating. Still, until there is a reasonable alternative, and outside Netflix in the US, there doesn't seem to be one - not in Aus, not in the UK far as I can tell - the movie industry shouldn't be surprised if people continue to download movies.

Where I live, the local DVD rental store has closed. How on earth people are supposed to watch movies, I'm not sure.

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NZ government network leaking data like a sieve

djnapkin
Big Brother

Ministry of Social Development

Is it just me, or does Ministry of Social Development sound like just the sort of name that George Orwell might have come up with?

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The perfect CRIME? New HTTPS web hijack attack explained

djnapkin
Thumb Down

Theoretical ?

Relies on the attacker sniffing the packets - for example by being in the same coffe shop wi-fi - AND forcing you to visit a site hosting the malware. Proabably restricted to dodgy coffee shops.

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Malaysian websites go dark to protest Evidence Act

djnapkin
Pint

A real shame

Very surprising news. While in Malaysia in June one big news item was a change to the protest laws from a position where gathering and demonstrations were forbidden unless specifically approved, to a new law allowing them all. The police could require a change of time (& venue? not sure), but not prohibit them. Specific requirements were placed on the police re timescales for this too.

There many other signs of a new and exciting vibe in Malaysia; it has a real feel of going somewhere.

This proposed new law surely is a huge step backwards.

Beer icon, because they have (with Norway) the most expensive ber in the world.

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Higgs boson chasers: Now only 1-in-300 MILLION chance we're wrong

djnapkin

One Christmas I posed this question to my pals: what is the chance of picking yourself (or someone picking themselves) in a Secret Santa draw? Our jape was that we would then plant a fancy prize e.g. an Xbox instead of the usual gift.

One friend worked it out that night, on the train home. She was, and is, very bright. Gorgeous too. It's something like 1 over e.

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Firefox 14 tabs no longer sneak a peek at users' privates

djnapkin
Holmes

Tried to use Chrome, but ...

I use the New Tab Homepage add-on for Firefox to show my home page on open of a new tab. My home page is a local file with my favourite links etc.

Tried to emulate this with Chrome, no joy.

With Firefox it takes almost no time to get to a specific site. Chrome is supposed to be fast but the lack of this ability kills it for me. And don't get me started about the lack of decent add-ons.

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West Australian WiFi mesh sniffs out bushfires

djnapkin

Bloody brilliant work, lads!

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New Euro IP law promises artists torpedoes to sink pirates

djnapkin
Pint

Fence sitting

If I were a musician I'd be really cheesed off about having my creation handed around without any benefit back to me.

On the other hand, record labels have done themselves no favours, paying, what percentage of the sale price is it to the musician? 7% from memory?

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djnapkin

> Like megaupload?

Good point. Hard to see how Kim Megamoneypants deserves all that cash.

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Intel issues dividend, Apple sits on $97.6bn

djnapkin

Capital gains in the US

Again another example of how screwed up is the US tax system. Why are capital gains taxed at a different rate to income? There's no good reason.

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djnapkin

They could use the Aussie system

Austrlaia has a working system to avoid the double taxation of dividends. Companies still have a choice of whether their dividends are pre- or post- taxatiion (or any mix thereof). The post-taxation component carries that tax paid to the dividend recipient. It's not that hard.

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HP, Microsoft dumped from Dow Jones 'green' list

djnapkin

Sustainability is NOT a crock. It has never meant staying a rut. Where did you pick up that idea?!?

Did you read the criteria that the DJSI uses to assess?

If you think it was the Green movement that got Ethanol usage to the position it is in the USA today - and on the point that diverting all that primary production to vehicle fuel is a bad idea, we are in total agreement - well, it was actually self-serving politicians. Particularly those with base in the corn growing belt, who saw it as an opportunity to lock in extra demand for the corn farmers in their area. Can't blame the Greens for this one.

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Higgs Boson hiding place narrows

djnapkin
Facepalm

Higgs Boson found

I have discovered the Higgs Boson particle, but the margins of this web blog are too small to contain the location.

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Nokia ‘giving away phones at cost’

djnapkin
Facepalm

Nokia did it to themselves

@ All going to plan then - Nokia's downfall owes nothing to Microsoft. This is entirely their own work. A change of top level management saw some incredibly bad decisions - it's all well documented - and they also got bogged down in bureaucracy.

Such a shame, as their actual phone technology was and is way ahead of the competition. The call quality on all the HTC, Samsung and Apple smartphones I've come across is poor.

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Australia online ad spend reaches A$2.65bn

djnapkin
Black Helicopters

Not surprising

> Australians are watching nearly 1 billion videos online each month

Just a natural upgrade path from our existing propensity to sit watching flies crawl up the wall

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MS hits back in Security Essentials row

djnapkin
Badgers

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

In providing their own antivirus offering, MS are really caught in a no-win situation, at the risk of stating the obvious.

Offer one, and they are anti-competitive / killing the income of the AV companies. Don't offer one, and expose the world to virus-laden PCs. They must have been wrestling with the politics of this for a long time prior to putting out MSE.

Now as for their insecure code:-

- their code is apparently primitive and they lack decent coding standards, I saw a buggy method which was new code in the networking area published on the web a little while back, and they were still writing new code with "goto" statements. epic fail.

- Apple code has more vulnerabilities unpatched for longer than MS, so Apple is certainly no better.

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