Re: Prepare to get dirty.
The considerate treatment of young interns has been an area of exemplary performance by congress. Demonstrating time and time again that gender prejudice has no place in the countries decision making.
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The considerate treatment of young interns has been an area of exemplary performance by congress. Demonstrating time and time again that gender prejudice has no place in the countries decision making.
You can drive your shiny new car out of the showroom and straight to an aftermarket installer who will fit a chip and drain pipe exhaust system that screws up emissions (both fuel and noise). In NSW the part time police force will for the most part ignore you. Would be an interesting situation if the cops started targeting stock VW's (obviously not for the revenue) while leaving the modders alone.
We missed a once in a lifetime opportunity to tackle air pollution because the *elites* wanted an Enron designed CO2 based eugenics/poll tax. 100's of $B's wasted harassing polar bears, modelling the harassment of polar bears and pretending that diesel is a clean fuel. Yet there are still people out there campaigning for their own doom, demanding a market based solution to a problem they can't even observe. First they came for the power stations and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a power station, then they came for the cars and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a car, then they came in the dark for me and I couldn't get away.
Maybe you have uncovered the sites first real test :-)
Alternately the target kiddie demographic may not have graduated to linux yet, those that have have probably already turned dark or have settled into a pattern of mistrust and can no longer be reached by 'the good guys'.
It is Canberra, it will only ever be a cluster-f$@k. The AG's department is waiting for the ISP's to deploy their solutions. They will then conduct post installation evaluations. Whichever solution captures the most information is the one that the AG's department meant when they drafted the legislation. The other ISP's who should have known this will have to spend from their own pockets to upgrade. This is game theory Canberra style, incompetent, inefficient, a detriment to the nation and just the way they like it.
> state and federal police along with the federal Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network is unable or unwilling to help.
Clients of *Net scum* should be happy to know that their generous donation is funding the black ops of allied nations and their death squads. Every time you decrypt a file a child dies in Syria / Iraq / Libya / Sudan / Donbass / Yemen. The only other possible conclusion is that the 5-eyes intelligence services are all smoke and mirrors, a threat rather than a value, completely useless at protecting anything. I'll go for the state sponsored terrorism theorem as more likely.
Check out the statistics for declining participation by Australian school kids in hard maths and science (STEM) courses at high school and university. Perhaps also consider those kids struggling with basic numeracy and literacy skills. This is not just about the teachers (though they are a problem as are gender imbalances in the industry that may be influencing STEM decisions in children), this is about a perverse range of disincentives though our social, educational, financial and political structures - houses, holes and cheap foreign labour - that steer kids towards oversubscribed and unproductive outcomes. Adding a superficial layer of computer programming to this mix at great cost isn't going to do much. Especially if the kids don't see any career opportunity in that field.
Can't argue with any of your points Charles but a modern public servant only has two roles: 1) create artificial scarcity to justifying pricing and process 2) be seen to be doing something to justify existence. In the public sector it is always safer to proceed on the assumption that the lobbyists are right than to risk blame in a forewarned scenario. The digital curriculum will be a function of these processes, the artificial scarcity of learning resources in a curriculum crowded by all the other lobbyists against the need to be seen to be doing something.
It might prick the interest of the kids like mazes and crosswords do but will probably peter out with insufficient time to explore fuller more practical applications of the dark arts. By then there will be a new lobbyist and a new urgent need for the education system to address. If the child, against the odds, progresses many more parents will be focussed on ATAR scores for their budding doctor / lawyer / engineer / accountant than the redundant by 35 IT specialist and IT will be dropped for more practical or traditional subjects.
The problem of IT engagement has been created by the public sector; encouraging outsourcing, contract preferences to large multinationals, 457's, tax structures, TBL gender quotas, etc. It will not be solved by the public sector and per your points above we should not be looking to them for solutions. Unfortunately it will be a while, many failures and many $B's before they can safely drop it.
The intent may be $75M for lobbying rather than technology. Politicians are cheap so $75M will go a long way, especially if they can be encouraged to start barking like trained seals and pledging public resources in order to attract the major share. Same thing was seen in India, a $2M donation by the Bill and Melinda gates foundation to trigger a $2B polio vaccination campaign.
Thanks for the link Elmer; Affiliated with Murdoch (Sunday Times), recruited for headline open Government but argues against civil liberties, dubious record in a major government project, pro surveillance state, pro big data, seemingly anti privacy, glowing references, British heritage. Despite the fact that we have had some problems with two recent candidates offering similar interests I feel that this time lessons have been learnt and he will fit in very well down here in Oz.
Check out the documentary The Ringworm Children for a view of what the immigrant zionist Jews' thought of their peers whose lineage in the region extended back those thousands of years.
Anyone visiting one of the 5-eyes (+1) countries should not have any expectation that there remains a functioning accountable democracy. The kindest thing one could say about these spookocracies is that they have lost the plot. A slightly less naive view might be that there was a coup and the people lost. All that matters now is the supremacy of the state.
Sorry - principal
Interesting use of the word "more" - yes because more money is required. In our debt based system money is borrowed into existence and destroyed when it is paid back. Because the principle is destroyed when paid back you need more money for the interest - more money than was created when the loan was drawn. The interest, which has also been borrowed into existence, can be recycled a few times but is destroyed when the loan that created it is paid back. QE is the stated hope that if money is cheap enough it will encourage people to borrow even more (fractional reserve multiplier) and offset the liquidity problem caused by deleveraging (paying back and thereby destroying money) during austere times. The problem is that during austere times people do not have the confidence or capacity to borrow so all this free liquidity stays at the top where it is used for speculation and asset accumulation by the few but paid for in central bank debt by the many. You suggest that this does not cheat the balance sheet - that depends on who you are and whether you are securing the full value of the debt (taxpayer) or playing in fields of leveraged money across borders (banker). It also depends on where the securities that drive the system derive from (local or international). What Corbyn is arguing for is not the unrestrained printing of money - which is the path we are on now - but the realisation that the debt based system is a ponzi that can only end in tears and that we should incorporate a value based system - in Corbyn's case that value is infrastructure. This is not without precedent. Adolf Hitler did the same thing and took Germany from an economic basic case to a world super power in about 5 years. Obviously that didn't sit well with those of us on the debt based system and war ensued.
Any economic analysis of QE that does not acknowledge the debt based nature of this unbacked privately issued river of gold and the problem of the interest payment is meaningless. While interest rates in the EU are somewhere around zero, once this tax payer funded bailout of the financial system is finished and we've all done with competitive devaluations of our currencies then the interest rates will rise. Those will be the rates at which the taxpayer will labour to pay for this theft of value. It is also dodgy relying on pseudo scientific analysis of a market environment when the market is now so sick or rigged that price discovery mechanisms are meaningless. The explosive increase in the money supply without the creation of corresponding units of value driven by demand is simply market fraud. Private European banking dynasties will do very well out of this - and that is the plan.
A little inflation does not grease the economy. Inflation is the price we all pay for allowing private individuals and corporations the right to counterfeit sovereign currency. Because money created as debt must be paid back with more money (interest) created as debt then there is no option but to steal someone else’s money or inflate your own. Deflation is merely the chickens coming home to roost - the credit card is maxed out. The real problem being that the profits of private central banks fall when the serfs are not able to pay and of course the destruction of political careers when people realise that none of the money in circulation is theirs. That the previous expansion of the money supply created by work was really just an expansion of debt, that the value has been stolen and the money now counts for nothing.
Beige shorts and short black socks - authentically British.
Because for the most part it doesn't work. The teaching profession is still trying to master the 3R's let alone coding. Education is about indoctrination and it always struggles when it meets reality.
There is nothing stopping almost any kid in the 1st and 2nd world from learning coding if they so wish. Never have the barriers to entry been so low. If they have a passion to do so then the world is their shellfish. It is a fiction that the kids are not progressing because grubyment has not yet taken them by the hand and led them up the garden path or that grubyment is not yet spending enough of their parents money to entice strangers to offer them candy.
The kids will teach themselves if the incentives are right; the recognition of their peers (especially for girls), a space to play and a forum to develop. Councils could do far more for teaching kids coding than the central government ever could simply by providing a room, supervision, partnering with a local IT shop or two for guidance & walk-ins and by coordinating news / marketing / competitions and success stories (the kids and the method). If they could carry this program through to mentoring and early incubation then they might even develop local jobs from the initiative.
This sort of thing but for IT: https://sanfranciscoarthouses.wordpress.com/
To be fair to the minister, no one ever knows in advance what a giant SAP rollout will cost. Much Much more than your organisation can afford seems to be a good starting figure.
That wouldn't work either. A step back is a phone with no compelling story or reason to purchase over the previous model. Android is currently dead in the water while Google focuses on bland power efficient software designs rather than compelling high end features. Samsung are left with gimmicky tricks - like thin phones with small batteries - or genuine innovation just as soon as someone else does it. Part of the problem is (as another recent article about Steve Jobs and market segmentation) pointed out is what does each type of customer want to do with the device. I want an Ubuntu Edge so why not shove Android and ChromeOS into the one device. Others may want a faster more intuitive work space for their common tasks rather than a gesture every which way and blocky icons. Dust and water proofing, improved drop protection, dual screens, tighter whats-app integration, open standards rather than Samsung proprietary everything etc. Who exactly is the customer for these phones, people who are a bit posh but don't like Apple? Are there enough of them to turn a profit?
Sadly they haven't got any better
or the big one
While I can appreciate the neutral tone taken by Mr Clarke I think we need to stop assuming that governments are benign entities that are somehow led astray by one or two rotten apples. Australian governments have not ignored the privacy implications of their work, the destruction of privacy is by design. Australian governments are driven by a sociopathic belief that they are at the top of the tree and as goalers have a right to manage the inmates in their care. Orders (such as bombing Syria or ever expanding surveillance powers) should not be subject to question. If these beliefs coincide with the beliefs of their donors (mandatory data retention and internet censorship) or the beliefs of their idols (the US/UK alphabet soup agencies) then that is understood as a mandate. Voter polling suggests that about 75% of Australian's are comfortable with this process (ALP or LNP first party preferences). Sadly demographics (boomers) suggest that this situation will not change for at least another couple of decades though the planned bank bail ins (robbing from the young to prop up the housing speculation of the old) might advance it slightly.
> so they can be transferred to the real Republican candidate
They tried that with Ron Paul - didn't go so well for them. Ron's voting base couldn’t stomach the ordained stooge and went home. After Obama's performance the republican hope is that they are now the least worst choice even with a corporate / Israeli approved leader. But everyone can see the US is in trouble, Trump has outlined a number of problems and set expectations. These problems having been aired will not now magically disappear from the minds of voters, especially republican voters.
> Android is crap, touchwiz is just utterly dire.
With 4GB of RAM touchwiz should just about be perfomant. Have to agree with your comment on Android. Lollipop was a disappointment and that is ignoring the security issues. The OS seems to be on a devolution path from OK > adequate > uninspiring > OMG please give me a 1st world alternative. Google and the head up butt phone vendors at their finest.
> esp battery and camera: No it's much more than that, hitting a plateau and dying is a common thread in businesses from populous nations. When you have 100 million people walking past your shop front, repeat business becomes less important than new business. Old Chinese proverb, you can only cut a person once. The lack of updates, bug fixes, concern, migration or support plans for existing customers condemns a business to death in a shallow grave no matter what its past performance may have been. Exhibit A. Sony. Samsung and LG are also on this path. It is the difference between landfill Android and Apple. HTC like many businesses spent too much time worrying about the comfort of their CEO's and insufficient time worrying about their existing customers.
The sentence should read; why would I throw a lot of money at 3% of your problem.
That clarifies the economic argument.
Foreign governments can keep their god damm stinking paws off of us. Transfer pricing, licence fees, research fees, ip fees, consulting fees and company dividends here we come.
The farmers in NZ were doing quite well, especially the dairy farmers. Now up to their eyeballs in debt and facing a commodity crash.
Data is one of the greatest weapons held by government ... without an effective whole-of-government data sharing platform unburdened by issues of civilian privacy, proportional and targeted due process or a bill of rights ... figuring out just what the centre will do, how the data will be linked with the federal grubyments metadata abomination and how to protect the centre's operations from FOI requests.
Industry advisory body will assist in guiding its ongoing work - pork, overreach and more pork. How government agencies will interface with the centre? From the federal grubyments example we can assume wide open and warrantless. How the central bureau might address privacy - like they did with opal.
Will the specialist government steering committee consider whether the task is worth doing at all and what specific and measurable benefits they hope to achieve - like a business plan and a cost benefit analysis per the ones released for West Connex.
Won't worry them in the slightest. They were prepared to go against the whole country with mandatory data retention, GST on imports is a comparative non-issue. Tony and Bill are there to wave through a whole bunch of destructive legislation culminating in the TPP. When their job is done then we can expect the mea culpa's and the shuffling of seats but not so much on the back peddling. There is no mechanism for political parties to refund *donations*, there probably isn't even a word for it.
As population increased and cars got better Australian governments had a choice, keep things moving with higher driving standards or lower speeds and a focus on revenue collection / bogus safety messages. Consistent with the prison guard mentality that still infests the public sector in Oz they chose the later. Driving standards in most of the country are appalling and per our anonymous coward above, attempting to defend driving slowly in the right hand lane, there is no hope on the horizon just a sad geriatric led decline into immobility. A tragedy of the commons par excellence.
That is because everything the police do is legal - in time. A little preemption can't hurt.
I didn't notice any special media probing of the $1T the DOD couldn't account for announced on 8/11, why Bush's handlers didn't move him to a safe location on 9/11 when the US was under attack, the war against Afghanistan, the redacted or non-investigated parts of 9/11, the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Abu Ghraib or the Patriot Act under a Republican president. It was hands on hearts and with us or against us! US media ownership, like much of the free west, is concentrated in a few wealthy corporations who know how the game is played. Issues, right thought, consensus and fitting in or belonging are sold to you like any other product. The liberal bias is as bogus as the two party democracy or the illusion of choice. It translates in the political sphere to scratch my back and I won't scratch yours.
Malcolm is on record as saying that there is no requirement for the data to be held onshore. Encryption was a late amendment requested by the ALP and the Greens, it was not in the original bill. To open up such a large attack surface with no safeguards or even a clue suggests that this is more about cowering the population and forcing self censorship than any effective mechanism for law enforcement or national security.
Yup, still looks like a *crap what have we done* moment.
Bouncy Castle will have to stuff around with the bureaucracy in Canberra for the temporary period for which it is closed source. Why bother, get that bit done and merged with your code off shore.
Australian teachers educating overseas students on cryptography will not be subject to the Act because the material is in the public domain. Unless the students start doing pure research for their thesis etc in which case they may well come under the act. Again, why bother. Do that bit offshore.
Defence is focused on building "appropriate" licences and "clear and concise guidance" for businesses and open source contributors. Which under the neo nuts ideology will be user pays. Given what it costs to recover information under FOI laws. What will the recovery costs be for a bunch of no doubt senior signals bods to review your machine. All for the privilege of giving your IP to our 5 eyes + 1 friends that have already done so much damage to our democracy.
From a national security point of view, if your legal system creates an environment where it is impossible for anyone in the area to work in your country, people will stop. Yup. Risk 10 years jail to educate yourself and an unknown amount of money to commercialise or discuss anything so that you can ultimately end up in Canberra paying off a $1 to $2 million dollar mortgage helping the clown in chief lie about weapons of mass destruction and death cults to your children.
Under Ziggy Telstra was investigating fibre to the home, later downgraded to fibre to the node under Sol. The stumbling block was the ACCC not entertaining a request by Telstra for preferential treatment on regulated access. Telstra took it's bat and ball and headed to the mobile space where Telstra's Next-G was born to enduring applause from shareholders. The NBN was a dummy spit by Kevin to Sol's intransigence. That clash of egos has crippled the fixed line telecommunications space for the last decade and probably for the next.
The regulatory environment seems a bit poxy: this is the crux of the problem. While our feral wing nuts are running around trying to scare their voting base with tales of terrorists under the beds and the intelligence community bans branches of mathematics in order to stay one step ahead of the enemy the country goes to hell in a handbasket with no reform anywhere it is needed. For the next 10 or 20 years the demographics will work against any real progress in Australia. Sit back, enjoy the sunshine and marvel at how a country - even one led by the best of British talent - can get it so wrong.
The scuzz-buckets behind cryptowall might just be the government and law enforcement agencies. Given the millions killed by the good old USA and its allies protecting their corporate interests around the world over the last few decades, encrypting someone's PC seems fairly tame. Proxy armies rampaging through Northern Europe, the Middle East and Africa don't fund themselves and what better way to raise money for off-the-books operations than tapping the vast number of saps on the internet.
Inventory may also be stock that was bound for Russia but has been diverted due to US sanctions.
I hope their cyber security strategy is better than any of their economic strategies that have emerged over the last couple of decades or the quality of their intelligence services that involved us in at least 3 wars of aggression of dubious legality. Hopefully better than their national infrastructure strategies or their tax reform initiatives or their aged care plans or the lets all be rich by loading up on debt and buying expensive houses strategy.
I will assume they are operating in good faith and help them out. Let's reduce the cyber attack surface by not storing everyone’s telecommunications data for an indeterminate period of time in various bespoke solutions around the world. Minimising the damage of a leak by embracing anonymity in our day to day and online lives. Withdrawing from the extremely damaging 5-eyes +1 industrial espionage alliance to help protect our people and industries from actors unknown in foreign jurisdictions. Implementing an if you don't need it don't store it requirement for businesses. Investing in the development of local IT talent and encouraging best practice security standards - resources available at cost. Encourage research and collaboration in mathematics and engineering at all levels so that best practice supportable local products can replace key foreign products of unknown integrity. Requiring all SOHO routers / modems sold here be supported with timely updates for (say) a 5 year period as a fit for purpose test. Revisiting the case for half baked solutions like smart electricity meters. Banning foreign donations to Australian political parties so that they are not tempted to weaken Australia's security and integrity at the behest of foreign miscreants. Not an exhaustive list but it might be a start.
1% - luxury! I used to dream of having trans fat labelling at 1%.
From the Australian abc news 2015-02-27...
[Health experts have criticised Australia's decision not to label food products containing trans fats, after health ministers recently accepted the recommendation by Australia's food safety regulator to reject compulsory labelling.]
From news-medical.net, last updated 2015-06-14
[In 2007, the federal assistant health minister at that time, Chistopher Pyne...if the industry did not make the necessary changes of their own accord, mandatory labeling and other regulative methods would be introduced ... However, consumption of trans fat in Australia is lower than of other countries and is within the standards set by the World Health Organization.]
The lower consumption referred to in the reference above was based upon some traditional average diet and is not indicative of consumptions in poor diets, or poor peoples' diets, that are higher in fast or processed foods.
Enabling legislation has already been passed by both the left and right wings of Team Australia including increased police powers, data retention, internet censorship, mandatory vaccinations - for poor people's kids and from the previous bending over - extension of IP protections. Our food labelling laws are already a joke so there should be no issue there. The Korean trade agreement had IP and ISD provisions and the Japanese agreement may also have had them so we will have to construct these in law. By the time TPP gets here the captain will stand proudly on the poop deck and tell us, as his predecessor did, that the treaty will require no changes to Australian law.
If the TPP stalls it will be about timing not overreach. The political classes in the target Western countries are already sold. The Asians may put up a bit more of a fight but they can be told stories of big bad China, have their aircraft hijacked or industry destroyed to ensure they fall in to line. Shortly after the US puppet show on 8/11 we will get back to signing over our sovereignty to the corporations and the global banking cabals. By then the TPP will be yesterdays news, the stuff of conspiracy theorists.
It is amazing to see the quality of thought available in Canberra and the obvious dead-ends that are being engineered. In their zeal for total state supremacy they have forgotten or are too important to remember that it is the free exchange of ideas that underpins economies not jacked up public servants and their dreams of nirvana. No free exchange of ideas - well just keeping digging up those rocks boys. Perhaps ASIO, the AFP and the AG's office could have their own come to Jesus moment and realise that they are the problem not the solution and that the current government of neo-nuts and their foreign donors and handlers represent a far greater threat to Australia's future security and prosperity than Whitlam ever was. Another decade of non-investment in science and non-interest in maths and lets see how the information capabilities out of Canberra are looking. Perhaps they could outsource defence to India or China or employ 457's like everyone else. Alternately they could pray that someone with some common sense unwinds the dogs breakfast which is the feral government and gets the bureaucracy pointing forwards again.
Fn key where the ctrl key should be - wasn't that Lenovo?
Toshiba were reported as dumbasses that supported SOPA
Important strike against proxy army USA created, funded and continues to support by turning small piece of desert into desert at a strike cost of $M's. Claims bearded dudes were the foolish ones in this charade. No proof of event but world cheers the good guys. In other news, reports that the USA has been at war for 222 out of its 239 years means world hates freedoms. Western governments doing their best to respond.
That is why the conversation has shifted to the 0.1%. With the decimation of the middle class and most of the *free* world dangerously close to recession or stagflation the rich have started eating their own. Privately issued debt based fiat money won't repay itself - but that was always the plan.
Spook nirvana North Korea, secure and controlled access to everything. It appears to be the model the Australian grubyment is leaning towards. Unfortunately the parasitical public sector rarely seem to see the link between funding for their paranoia and delusions, a successful private sector and the free exchange of ideas. North Korea, no USB keys and nothing to eat. Australia, total mandatory surveillance and coal is the future - yum.
Ironically in that meeting it is only the Apple and Google execs with their shareholders who can publicly disclose who they are actually working for.
The value in the music business is created by the distribution industry not the studios'. The studio's job is to churn out endless product in various flavours by anyone willing to be an indentured servant. Have a dream, sign the contract, hire the facilities and maybe we can both make a dollar. It is the distribution industry that filters the dross and markets a select few titles at a time to their end user segments as culture, something desirable to be part of and to own. The moment the studio's start their own web site and bypass the distribution networks is the moment our highly paid stars go back to an honest days pay for an honest days work. The problem with all you can eat services like Pandora with little overt promotion and custom playlists is that they are no longer fulfilling the traditional role of the distribution network. They are therefore being asked to pay more to the studios' to offset this value being lost.
Ah but mindless drivel with a serious message. Each dollar collected from the punters will be a dollar the studios and distributors have to lobby for TPP / TIPP type abominations, internet censorship / site blocking, perpetual copyright and mass surveillance in order to protect their *art*. Subscribe to the Mad Max dystopian future today and the corporates will do their very best to bring it about tomorrow.
Fortunately we know Bill's not serious. The ALP opened the door to widespread use of 457's. The NLP found that the door could not be opened any wider so they knocked down the wall. Two parties of petty tyrants whose only worry is there might not be enough people to rent their investment properties and pay their parliamentary super. Neither party can answer the question of why you would start a high tech business in Oz with its high input costs, unfavourable tax regime, woeful internet services, craven 5-eyes membership, mass surveillance and mandatory airport strip searches. Any intellectual property the business developed would be stolen by one of our 4 eyed friends before the first code review.
A key problem for Australia and much of the free world is that STEM is being transformed from a driver of innovation and wealth to an overhead needed for surveillance, data mining and revenue protection. Under Bill's plan we will spend a lot of money to try and protect the boomers' legacy rather than moving forward and burying the bastards.