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I won't be using Google+
not because of any concern over privacy issues, but simply because Google have a a shitty track record of starting these things and then shutting them down a year or so later. Like Wave, Buzz and a raft of other "services", Google?+ will end up in the bin sooner or later. So why should I go to all the hassle of setting up all my info on Google+ only to lose it all again by this time next year? No thanks.
regarding beancounters controlling everything.
So while we're on the "kill all the lawyers" kick, let's kill all the accountants as well! Think of what a wonderful place the world would become then! ;)
Oh come on, people
That obvious troll is so obvious it makes 4chan look like a paragon of subtlety.
May I suggest, if you're going to boycott a company, to do it properly. Like you, I also have a never-buy-Sony policy. But mine isn't subject to compromise - I don't care if Sony invent an immortality machine or start giving away free Ferraris with every purchase - I will not buy their products, period.
I believe Sony (like Apple, but that's a discussion for another time) to be an unconscionable company whose greed, lust for control, and unethical behaviour has set a number of dangerous precedents against basic civil liberties and human rights, and I feel that strongly enough to uphold my personal boycott against them, no matter how "good" their products might be, now or in the future.
If you want a train sim
then let me point you to Auran's excellent Trainz Railroad Simulator, which not only provides realistic train simulation but lets you design your own layouts, locomotives and rolling stock, as well as putting together your own trains. I've been using it for years, and it's without doubt the best train sim I've ever had, a lot better than Microsoft's offering IMO.
Environmental stressing as a cause of genetic alteration
was initially proposed by one Trofim Lysenko during the reign of Stalin, if I remember my Soviet history correctly. His work was largely discredited by Western biologists, although anybody who dared to question Lysenko's ideas in the USSR generally earned themselves a one-way ticket to the gulag.
Are we to believe this charlatan was actually right after all?
"I have had digital property stolen... I felt the impact financially."
No you didn't. That's absolute bullshit. Because anyone who copied your shit wouldn't have paid for it anyway, so you didn't lose any sales worth mentioning. You've bought into the old fallacy of one download being equivalent to one lost sale, which has been shown time and again to be clearly false.
Because if it was true, the record companies in the last five years would have made many times over the total amount of money that actually exists on the planet, by their own admission. That fact alone should clarify the extent to which this kind of thinking is fallacious.
We need more people like you, ready to make such sacrifices to drive home the point that these endless laws are going way too far. That's 750,000 people who now know about this issue and may feel impelled to write letters to politicians in response. Good stuff!
You had me agreeing with you, right up until you used the word "racist." That word has been so overused by the PC lobby to squelch any and all cultural debate and enforcing their worldview that, like "think of the children" and "protect against terrorists", it has become a mockery of its original meaning, a symbol of oppression and reduction of freedom.
The moment you labelled LarsG a racist, you invalidated your argument because I'd wager big money that race was the last thing on his mind when he came up with his solution. Granted, it's a bit extreme, but then he's probably concerned about a potentially hostile and oppressive communist nation having the power to destroy our livelihoods. The fact that a large proportion of China's residents also have slanted eyes and yellow skin most likely never even entered LarsG's thoughts, nor does it have any relevance to the threat China represents.
I'd hazard a guess that's why you currently have 4 downvotes for an otherwise sensible post.
iiNet buying out Internode is bad enough. But the mere possibility of TGP buying iiNet thereafter is a horror! If TGP end up owning Internode I might even have to consider >retch< BigPond, because there's no way I'm ever becoming a customer of those rip-off sharks! >:(
TGP is to the Internet what Vodafone is to phone comms in this country.
Having been with Internode since 2003 they've been flawless. I sincerely hope this doesn't mark the end of the top service, reliability and line speed I've become used to. Oh well, all good things must come to an end, I guess.
You've got that the wrong way round mate. It's goats that rip the grass out by the roots, whereas sheep only crop the grass. I know because every couple of years or so we go out feral goat shooting up at my mate's farm because the bastards destroy the sheep paddocks, and it sure as hell ain't the sheep that do the damage. In fact even the roos do more damage than the sheep!
At the Gorge Wildlife Park near Adelaide, there's an even more vivid example: a series of small paddocks or large enclosures, each containing a few specimens of one type of animal. The one with the goats has been eroded down to more than a foot below ground level across *every square inch* of the enclosure. No other animal does this so destructively.
Re: local sport
If "unplugging that geezers car so it ain't charged up in the morning" becomes a local sport then you might want to introduce the players thereof to the equally entertaining sport known as, "electrocuting the chavvy little bastards who mess with your e-car's power connector." I'm sure 80 amps of 3-phase will give them a very good workout besides charging your car! ;)
But what do you do when the only two parties who have any chance of getting into power both have the same goals, which are diametrically opposed to yours as well as those of most of the country?
Democracy, yeah, right.
No, Looking At The Clouds has a valid point
Think outside the box, man.
There are a number of ways you can implement overhead catenary on main roads for cars. Remember that since s/he mentioned that cars would still have a battery, the car wouldn't have to have its pantograph in contact with the catenary all the time. It wouldn't be too much to develop a system that automatically lowers and raises the pantograph when you change lanes or overtake, for instance.
I like the idea, it fits with my own vision of having induction coils built into all major freeways, to charge electric cars as they drive over them. It's exactly this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that has created most of the inventions we take for granted today.
is the human brain considered as a component of an information processing system. The word does not refer to hardware devices implanted in the brain, only to the brain itself.
What about copyright?
Did Seven pay the owner of the photographs to use them, or did they just lift them for nothing, in the way that copyright protection only applies to MAFIAA members and multinational corporations?
"Anybody produced an LCARS theme for Android yet?"
Yes, it's called BCARS and it's in the Android marketplace. Works well too!
longer than the fanny-pelmets Karen Gillan wore will be a fail in my book! ;)
Site's full of it
Went to that site myself, and it listed my IP address, called me a pirate - and then presented me with a list of movies and ebooks I'd never even heard of, let alone downloaded. It didn't get even ONE thing right (that is, it didn't name one thing I *had* actually downloaded.) Not only that, but it got my physical location wrong on the order of about a thousand kilometres, and in a different state.
So I'd question the veracity of their statements about the RIAA and Universal et al downloading stuff illegally, too.
Nowhere does it say "death threats". It says he "predicted her violent death" - which any psychic could do if a client pissed them off. If I say "next year you will die in a car crash", it's a horrible thing to say to but DOES NOT constitute a death threat. A death threat would be "I'm going to ram my car into you and kill you," which would - and should - be actionable.
And fortunately, this sensible judge clearly understands the difference.
It is a good browser
except for the fact that Google quietly record your browsing history, and that a fair percentage of people who have it on their computers did so because it snuck on there malware-fashion on the back of some other program's installer.
What shits me
about adverts here in Oz is the way the stations disperse them through the show.
When a show starts, you usually get the first 15-20 minutes with no ads. That's just to rope you in and get you hooked watching the show. Then they start bombing you with ads - after the first ad break, you get maybe 7-8 minutes of show, then another 5 minutes of ads. The ads get more and more frequent towards the end - 5 minutes of show, 5 minutes of ads, 2 minutes of show, 5 minutes of ads - until at the very end, the fuckers cut the last 30 seconds of the show to hit you with one last bout of ads, then finally let you see that last 30 seconds and the end credits. That's right, 5 MINUTES of ads before the last THIRTY FUCKING SECONDS of the show!
Note that Australia many years ago "deregulated" TV advertising, that's why you get pretty much 20 minutes of ads per hour.
Add to that the fact that Australia has a TV censorship regime that would make China's most conservative hardliners look like porn industry freedom fighters compared, not to mention that our TV stations usually run 2 seasons behind the rest of the world, and one can see why I (and a lot of other Aussies!) watch all my shows on the Bittorrent channel!
Re: I can't believe
That's because you and everyone else are such unique, precious snowflakes, right? I'm 45 and I use the word "sheeple" regularly - even in reference to myself and my friends when the occasion warrants it - because it is a very apt portmanteau when dealing with the vast majority of the human race. We do indeed behave like sheep more often than not!
You WILL believe
in the Climate Change Religion or you will be arrested and burned at the stake for heresy.
For me, this means that climate change has ceased to be science and is now nothing more than a religious/political agenda and those who support it are no better than the Spanish Inquisition. Way to win support for the cause, idiots. I might have have entertained the possibility of anthropogenic climate change before, but this simply makes me oppose it now for no other reason than it's being forced on us.
ANTHROPOGENIC CLIMATE CHANGE IS A LIE.
@ Grease Monkey
I agree with you, but to my way of thinking while they might not be physically 15, they certainly are a -mental- age of 15! ;)
Is there anything xkcd doesn't cover?!?
I'm getting to the point where I regard xkcd as a better, more accurate and more comprehensive source of information than Wikipedia...
Re: it's not the editing, its the editors
This is the real problem, not the interface. I too used to be a fairly prolific contributor to Wikipedia, although my contributions consisted primarily of correcting spelling and grammatical errors. I'm not talking about "correcting" American spelling, either; if an article was written with American spelling then I actually followed that convention throughout that article, to ensure consistency.
However, the wiki seems full of stuck-up little 15-year-old dipshits who go around reverting people's contributions for the hell of it. One correction I made - where "atmosphere" was spelled "atmoshpere" in the article, was reverted within 30 seconds of me correcting it, and when I corrected it again and discussed it on the talk page, I copped a torrent of abuse of being a grammar nazi.
So I gave up bothering. Wikipedia need to evict these pathetic, arrogant little shits if they want to retain serious and capable editors.
Ah, you probably fried the chip in the microwave
or drilled it out or something similar, right?
Here in Australia at least (and probably in the UK if it hasn't already) the banks and credit card companies have already gotten wise to this move.
My card has one of those damnable NFC chips on it, because I don't have the choice - it's either that or cash, which, thanks to deregulation, the banks now charge everyone $2 every time we use an ATM, specifically to discourage people from withdrawing cash. So you can either fork out $2 every time you visit a hole in the wall, which very quickly adds up if you're only pulling out a small amount each time, or you can withdraw a huge amount of cash to save repeated $2 fees, and risk being robbed. The system really is geared to push you to use your card all the time.
So I tried wrecking the chip on my card, but then I found that if the store you're buying from has NFC ability on their EFTPOS machines, THE FUCKING THINGS WON'T ACCEPT THE CARD FROM A MAGNETIC SWIPE.
That's right, if your card is "flagged" as an NFC capable card, the machine tells you to use the NFC device instead of swiping the magnetic strip and *refuses the transaction* otherwise. Only if the store doesn't have an NFC reader will it accept the magnetic strip swipe. And those stores are getting to be few and far between, as local businesses "upgrade" their systems.
Which means that destroying the NFC chip now renders your card unusable in a majority of locations.
It's just one more example of how our corporate overlords FORCE the uptake of these new technologies, by simply removing any other choice from the system. Who needs guns to people's heads when you can simply lock them out in the cold if they refuse to comply?
I had to wait two weeks while I waited for the new card I requested from my bank to arrive, to replace the one I 'accidentally' damaged the chip on.
The next item I purchased was a lead-lined wallet.
"Free" as in "you don't have to pay any money but we get to eavesdrop on all your phone calls, monitor your browsing history, record your music and video preferences, copy down all your keystrokes and generally have complete control over the device you're using, including the ability to delete and modify files on it and secretly install whatever apps we feel like sticking on there."
No thanks. I've had the 21st century's definition of "free" up to my fucking eyeballs. If it's at all possible in this invasive new world any more, I'd still rather pay money and know that my device is MINE, thank you very much.
Best views weren't had in Australia
or at least within 200 km of Adelaide, as there was a fucking huge belt of cloud covering the entire state for the duration of the eclipse. No rain, just a sheet of stratus heavy enough to block the moon out. My friend and I drove all over the Adelaide Hills and Murray Basin with nary a glimpse of the moon to be had.
But the next day was clear and cloudless - how's that for weather pissing in your face?
Go and have a look at your local public library sometime. I know it's probably been at least a decade or two since you last visited it, and you might be surprised at some of the changes that have taken place since you were last there back in 1992...
There's also these shops called "Internet cafes" that now exist in most cities and towns, you might want to look one up near you and check out what they actually sell besides shitty coffee! ;)
And in 1000 years' time
Historians will have more surviving records from, and know more about, England in the time of William the Conqueror than they will about England in the 20th/21st centuries.
As a web developer
the issue of user interface design comes up for me on a daily basis.
A major problem that any engineer (software, plane design or otherwise) faces, amounts to a direct conflict between customer requirements and ease of use.
That is, a customer tells me, "I want it to do this and this and this and this, and I want it to store that info and that and that and that". Then they complain about complexity and training costs if I present them with a Web form that has 50 input boxes and controls on it for them to set all the parameters and input all the information that they asked for.
There are many ways of solving this problem, but they all have their flaws. I could simplify the form by making assumptions about default settings for certain items and then masking those controls from the user, but this introduces the issue of lack of control if those defaults need to change in a specific case. So then I can create an "easy mode" and "complex mode" to cover this (in the same way Airbus have with their "normal law" and "alternate law" etc modes), but then this introduces the problem of insufficient training of staff to handle the "complex mode" side - since the object of doing this was to reduce training costs and time in the first place.
In the end, the more complex the task you as the end user want the system to accomplish, the exponentially harder it becomes to simplify the inputs required to accomplish that task. Engineers of all stripes are constantly working every day to try to find ways around this problem but we're far from being able to achieve perfection, if ever.
It really does come down to a balance between "How much do want this system to do?" versus "How easy do you want it to be to use?" The two issues are counterpoints by definition, and this finds expression in the famous Murphy's Law corollary, "Build a system that even an idiot can use, and only an idiot will be able to use it."
At the weddings I've been to
the marriage oath repeated by the couple contained the conditions "in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, *until death us do part*" or words to that effect. It's pretty much the standard wedding oath in English-speaking countries (although I don't know if they still say it in the US considering their horrendous divorce rate!).
Albeit that I've seen that oath violated on a number of occasions (maybe divorcing couples who say this at their weddings should be done for perjury) it does also contain the explicit statement of "becoming one flesh" in addition. Which, all things considered, does amount to "your whole life" in effect.
Our xkcd posts are only a minute apart, how's that for synchronicity! Great minds think alike eh? I imagine you remembered that page at the same time I did and see us both frantically panning through xkcd looking for it. One question: did you start at the end of xkcd and work back, or did you start from the beginning and work forward? Me, I scanned from the end back, took me about 15 minutes to find it.
They really need to think this through first
While I think such legislation is a fantastic idea, and in good keeping with Sir Tim Berners-Lee's views on data silos and walled gardens, as a programmer myself I can see a problem that needs to be addressed if this is to work.
That is, we need an W3C-style standard for exporting or importing this data. Obviously some kind of XML is the way to go, but we need some standardised labelling system within that XML. For example, how do I, as a web developer, know which part of a data block exported from Facebook is the user's first name, last name, phone number, email, post content and so on?
For example, if say Facebook do it like this:
and Google+ do it like this:
then we're going to have the devil's own time trying to decipher cryptically named XML files from different social networks.
So there really needs to be a defined, global standard for describing social network data. The W3C of course is the best body to address this, but the issue does need to be addressed before any such laws are enacted.
Obviously you've failed to understand the correct meaning of the term "malware".
Spying, tracking and monitoring software is only "malware" if it's not put there by a multi-billion-dollar corporation or one of their government puppets. Thus, if it had been you or I who rooted millions of people's phones to put the CarrierIQ software on them, THEN it would have been detected as "malware" within 24 hours of its release and we'd be looking at a few years in the blue light hotel. But because it was put on there by big telcos, it wasn't classed as "malware" until it became necessary for the PR machine to cover arse for its discovery.
The mass media will kill it
with anti-nuclear hype before it gets off the ground.
"Oh noes it's NUKULAR!!1!1one! It MUST BE STOPPED! Remember Three Mile Island, remember Chernobyl, remember Fukushima! We'll all be irradiated and the world turned into a nukular wasteland! Ban it now!"
Someone above mentioned electricity too cheap to meter and perhaps we just haven't achieved it yet. Well, the reason we haven't achieved it yet, and probably never will, is because of Murdoch and Co wanting to make a quick buck with senseless sensationalism.
Although maybe that's why Billy G is going to China with this, since they seem not to be so beset with such bullshit...
To give them their due
they did say "a" top priority, not "the" top priority or "our" top priority...
Break it off
and get the hell out of there now while you still can. Any woman who perpetrates the kind of double standards you've just described is a woman who's only going to rape you in the divorce court in a few years' time. I know the symptom - the "I can but you can't" mentality - and I've seen this happen to several mates of mine. Don't say you weren't warned!
Now there's a name I haven't heard for a decade or two, not since the old SCSI interface on my towerified Amiga 1200. Brings back fond memories of huge ribbon cables wide enough to drive a London bus on, that put the piddling little parallel IDE cables to shame. Looking forward to using SCSI again, if only for old times' sake!
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