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Re: @Andrew Orlowski -- Gas? - - And Australia's technological future.
"And it's especially true here in Australia where the culture mitigates--actively conspires--against the Nation's commitment to long-term plans and strategies"
Lets be realistic here. The Australian government cannot and will not plan past the next election. Lets not talk about long term planning cause it doesn't exist.
Re: @Ben Tasker: Externalities
"In other words we know we need a carbon tax to establish a level playing field between energy sources,"
A tax just means the companies get milked by the government and in turn then milk us. It does squat for the environment. A carbon trading scheme on the other hand means carbon positive industries buy credit off carbon negative industries.
Solar and wind are not the saviours everyone thinks they are. They might be neutral producing electricity but their poitive in the manufacturing. Solar cells involves mining rare earths and such as well as being transported around the world. How much energy do you get from a solar cell verses how much energy to make and transport it?
The carbon tax does for the environment what the cigarette tax does for smoking. All it does it make it so expensive you can't light or heat your homes, drive vehicles or manufacture stuff. At least a carbon trading scheme would create some jobs.
"In fact, let's give the green's rifles and have them shoot cows. Methane's not exactly good for the atmosphere, so why not start small and work up eh?"
Greenies put out methane too (all those lentials and tofu) Could shoot them too?
Re: Actually the page is still freely available
Even if Facebook does delete it, it'll still be on the internet (most likely 4Chan)
Just search for Aboriginal taking the dog for a walk or crackatinny tribe.
But now lets push it under the carpet and pretend it doesn't exist. OK?
Get Over It
Why is race based jokes "Race Hatred"? At best it's a lack of respect. You don't have to hate someone, not to respect them. If they don't want to be sterotyped, don't be sterotypical. The Aboriginals need do to something about their image problem, instead of just trying to hide it.
At the end of the day every race has jokes about every other race. Ditto for sex and religion. You can have a laugh or you can try threats of legal action to suppress it and waste everyones time and money.
What does Australia and McDonalds have in common?
Both are run by a redheaded clown.
Re: watching cats falling off pianos...
Is far more mature and entertaining than Jersey Shore
What they needs to to use a sticker that says "Dongle Ready"
Re: @Moyra J. Bligh:
"I will never notice if it is gone - I consider it to be full of useless, ignorant, uniformed, inaccurate garbage."
And so you turned to The Register then? It's all quality here.....
I could apply the same argument to mobile towers in country areas but it's the city dwellers who bitch about that cause they can't twitter about the crap roads on their iPhones while on their weekend holidays.
"It's not a very good reason, but it is a reason."
Great but don't stick on the TV that it's wireless ready cause without the dongle it isn't
How come my $100 router and Apple TV come with wireless but my $4k LCD TV is only wireless ready?
My Samsung phone has wireless. My android tablet but not my expensive TV. Every other device in the world can have wireless built in but TV need a dongle.
Globalization has figured out how to do wireless everywhere. Buying Dongles is an excuse to rip you off twice.
They save themselves $2 and then rip you off $100 or more for an addon.
Considered how little it costs to put wireless in, they should just build it in and stuff the stupid dongle.
Phrases like wireless ready is just to fool people and then milk them again for the addon when they find the TV doesn't actually have wireless. Total scam and should be cracked down on.
Re: For those w/o time in the military:
"Only needs to fire once to count as lethal"
Only needs to blow up in your face once to be counted as lethal too
Re: Just read all of this.
Or a Nokia *cough* *cough*
People in the country pay for broadband too but why should we pay ten times as much for one tenth the speed as a city person? (even assuming we can even get that)
Broadband is infrastructure as much as roads, electricity or telephones and it's the government's job to make sure the infrastructure is there, not just in the profitable locations.
The system costs X dollars to build across the country and there is Y people so the cost X / Y
I could apply your argument to say country areas don't deserve electricity, phones or hospitals as well. It's a crap argument.
"And rules are rules are rules"
Yes Samsung should have had the evidence in at the beginning but also since the F700 was included in Apple's evidence they should be able to use it as it shows that Apple knew about the F700 from the beginning.
Re: Poor Guy
"Seems to me that to be a terrorist you do not always need to wear a tea-towel on your head or carry an AK-47."
Terrorist is a handy label to stick on anyone you don't like to excuse you from doing whatever you feel to them. Just look at the US' homeland security laws. They can lock you up indefinately with no charges, no lawyer, no communication while they investigate if your a terrorist. Suspected terrorists are not entitled to basic human rights (or due process and such)
Re: aught in the act of having a J Arthur Rank by your mum...
I'm sure he'll have plenty of time to study in jail
"Some of the moustaches are pretty dodgy."
I am here... to clean.... the pool....
Re: Jury Nullification?
"A civil servant, Clive Ponting, leaked two government documents concerning the sinking to a Member of Parliament and was charged with breaching section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911."
Ah yes but Clive was a civillian and Manning was army. Clive gets a civillian court and is judged by his peers. Manning get a miltary court and is judged by a couple of generals who thought he should of shut his mouth.
If you want to see a miltary court in action watch the episode Corporal Punishment from Blackadder the Fourth
Re: @asdf And this has what to do with the actual secrets theft?
"You want torture?"
They were going to play Justin Bieber's new CD to Manning but thought that was too inhumane
Re: And this has what to do with the actual secrets theft?
Problem is that American's are brought up to be deeply loyal to their country to the point of religous fervor and nothing is worse than a traitor to America and risking American soldier's lives so to his guards Bradley is lower than a dog turd and they will do every list thing they can do and get away with to make his life hell. He will then be paraded around as an example of what "Real Americans" do to traitors. Osama would be treated better.
I'm not saying what Bradley did was morally right or wrong but he broke his oath and now has the pay the piper. He can't have expected to do this and then get a slap on the wrist followed by an interview by Oprah
Re: Bradley Manning, Credit [to the] US Army
"I voted you down for that, you ****.
You mean the laws and oaths that require him to witness treason and say nothing?
Required him to support unconditional genocide, incompetence and cruelty and say nothing?
Material seen as a catalyst for the Arab Spring?
Off with his head."
Well he was right. Bradley would have signed the official secrets act which outlined the punishments for doing what he did. Official secrets are official secrets and Bradley signed that he would not blab it to the world upon pain of death. It was Bradley's job to move the material around. It was not his job to decide what the public should or should not see.
Now that it's all out, the people who did it and those who hid it should face the consequences but so should Bradley. The lesson for the day, if you can't keep your mouth shut don't sign the official secrets act.
Re: Poor Guy
"Well if you do try to cover up killing unarmed civilians in helicopter attacks [never mind the rest of the things you cover up] there'll eventually be someone with a conscience"
Yes and if they're a member of the armed services, they will be tried for treason. If Bradley sent the stuff to wikileaks then by the defination of the law he is guilty of treason and the punishment for treason is the firing squad. As a soldier, right or wrong it's not his place to decide what the public should or should not know. He has to obey orders and he didn't. He knew what he was doing and knew the consequences and felt that it was worth the risk. Now he has to face the consequences. No good deed goes unpunished.
Now on the other hand, it get scarey that the Amercians want to charge Assange with treason and stick him in the cell beside Bradley. Assange isn't a member of the US armed services and isn't even an American so I'm not really sure how he committed treason against a foreign government (or if that is even possible)
Bradley has to face the US legal system but Assange shouldn't. The governments of the world really need to bitchslap the US legal system back to the US. US law is not world law.
"I'm curious about Visa payWave and Mastercard payPass. Are these more / less secure than chip'n'pin?"
The problem with paywave is someone can walk past you and scan your paywave card (as I understand). Yes it might be small amounts but how many $30 transactions can you do before the bank notices?
Re: Levels of card fraud are at their lowest since 2000.
"The bank will work on the assumption that you made the transaction and are lying about it, and will probably do their best to prosecute you. Since they are responsible for covering the fraud rather than the merchant, you won't get the easy "we don't care, here is the money" attitude you get with cardholder not present fraud."
Not in Australia. The banks make the merchants responsible. They take the money from the merchant's account and put it back in the card holder's. The back doesn't care who the victim is as long as it's not them.
Re: I see what you did there!
The problem with linux is fragmentation. It's both linux's strength and weakness. Valve can make games for linux but which flavour and distro?
It's almost like linux need a java/emulator type solution. Build a game engine platform and give it to the distros to get running and include, then release the standard engine/platform to the game developers to make the games.
I have enough problems trying to get android software working between version let alone trying to get stuff to run on my PC. Most users expect to install the software and just have it work.
Re: Farcebook being awarded a privacy patent...
"...is like Hitler being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."
Just like the song
"Every day, I'm out there trying to make the world safe. For Germany.
I don't want war. All I want is peace. Peace. Peace!
A little piece of Poland. A little piece of France
A little piece of Portugal and Austria perchance
A little slice of Turkey and all that that entails
And then a piece of England Scotland lreland and Wales
A little nip of Norway. A little spot of Greece
A little hunk of Hungary. Oh what a lovely feast
A little bite of Belgium and now for some dessert
Armenia Albania and Russia wouldn't hurt"
She snooped his phone and he snooped her email. Jail them both for wasting everyone's time
Re: The real story is
It's catch 22. You needs the apps to sell the phone and you need to sell phones to get the apps. It doesn't matter if it's better or worse. You need to either get the apps before release and/or have something radical that makes people want one even if there isn't the apps yet.
M$ could have done this but didn't. If I could have a phone/pad and take it home and plug into a screen/keyboard/mouse and suddenly use it as a normal computer, I'd buy one. They didn't.
All M$ has done is shoehorn a touch interface into a non touch PC environment, move everything around so you can't find anything anymore just so their three OSs will cosmetically look the same. Everyone will avoid it and stick to win7 (just like XP and Vista or 98 and ME) and avoid the phones because there is no apps.
Maybe people don't want to upgrade Skype because the new version is suppose to insert popup ads into your conversations so you and your friends can discuss them......... Stupid M$
Re: Have these people not watched 'Sharktopus'?
A movie called "The Jelly Rat" doesn't inspire much fear
"In Deep Water, nobody can eat their cheese"
Re: an alsacian, restaurant
"I draw the line at Whale \ Dolphin meat"
Whats wrong with whale meat? I have more issues eating a dog than a whale.
And dolphin tastes like tuna.
“We cannot check one by one. So we hope people will actively report to the communication and information minister if they find a link to negative web site.”
The real issue is when you find a link to a positive site that has been banned. Of the million or so new banned site, how many are innocent?
Re: Firearms, personal liberty and the USA...
"If it takes thirty minutes for them to respond to your location"
Try an hour and a half assuming they bother to turn up at all where I live. There is a local cop but when he's on duty, they station him outside of the area.
Re: @Aaron Em The last tale...
"To have even *touched* a gun at age 5 means you live in a crazy, f&cked up country."
Why? I was brought up on a farm and was taught gun safety and gun use at an early age. In rural areas it's quite common to prevent gun related accidents.
Of course if the bleeding hearts get their way, kids won't get training because it's much safer to prevent kids from handling guns and thus make them more interesting.
The simple fact is that any household with guns, everyone should do basic use and safety training.
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