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1031 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Yes well...

"- "the road" includes roadsigns, vehicles, hazards off the road. Road signs are designed to give you information in your peripheral, drawing your attention to them and helping you read the road."

The more signs you see, the less you notice. Using less signs gives greater impact to remaining signs. Putting more signs up doesn't make it safer.

"- If you can't tell what speed your doing (roughly) without staring at your speedo, you shouldn't be driving, although you say you can do it without a sign? Cursory glances are no more distracting than the cursory glances you should be making in your mirrors."

Victorian police are nor allowed to hide in the bushes at the bottom of a hill and book you for doing 61 in a 60 zone.

"Speed zones are incredibly simple. Can you see a bunch of streetlights (3 or more)? Then it's 30. Can't see a bunch of streetlights? Then national speed limit applies. Unless told otherwise. You're told otherwise by gated entry (two signs each side of the road), and reminded, roughly, every 15 seconds of driving by a repeater sign."

Not in Australia. We have 40,50,60,70,80,90,100 and 110 zones. The speed zone can change depending on time, weather and other vehicles. You can be in the middle of nowhere in a 100 zone and suddenly hit a 60 zone for no obvious reason. The police like to hide in these areas and all it takes is missing one sign.

"I'll assume this is a correct stat. However, most car accidents happen in urban areas (volume of traffic), but are largely sedate, mainly due to all the points above. Most fatal car accidents happen on country roads, specifically due to them being narrow, harder to reach for emergency services (distance if nothing else), poor mobile signal to call for help etc."

It's the fact that the roads around here are poorly maintained, windy and overgrown with trees. Trees are not very forgiving if you come off the road.

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Re: Re; Yes well... + Statistics 101

"If 80% of deaths occur on 80% of the roads, that strongly suggests the remaining 20% has 20% of the deaths, and therefore are no safer that the 80% referred to previously."

The other 20% die because they hit a straight piece of road and they've forgotten what straight looks like.....

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Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving

How about they just let self drive cars in and take the control away from the easily distracted humans......

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Re: How about...

Not when it's the passenger who's using the phone and not when the driver claims it was the passenger who was using it......

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Re: Yes well...

The only way is to either make the car a giant faraday cage or use mobile jammers (which are illegal)

If they want to make it safer, here's a list where they can start

1: The over use of road signs. The more signs you look at, the less you're looking at the road

2: The over zealous policing of speed. The more you look at the speedo, the less you look at the road.

3: Simplify the speed zones. You should be able to work out what speed you should do without seeing a sign.

4: Fix the roads. 80% of deaths on country roads occur on bends because 80% of country roads is made up of bends.

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Boffin says astronauts could hitch to Jupiter on passing asteroids

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Re: WTF?

"Make the asteroid serve the same purpose as a motorway service station/motel. It provides food and shelter for the journey and refuelling capabilities."

AKA you're using it for it's raw materials, no so much as a means of transport

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WTF?

WTF?

Why would you ride an asteroid when to get on you have to match the speed and direction of it first. You might as well just let the ship keep going the same way.

The only reason to catch asteroids is for the raw materials.

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Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

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Re: Huh?

"If it were not for the question mark of quantum computing, bitcoins would absolutely replace all "real" currencies online (as well as gold offline) pretty well immediately as they are otherwise superior in every way."

Bitcoins will never replace real currencies as government wouldn't be able to print off a heap more when they need more money

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Is Australia backing away from 'fair use' proposals?

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Re: What else would you expect?

I'm not inconvenienced me hearties.......

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The problem is Big Media doesn't understand this new fangled interwebs thingy. Lawyers and political bribes are much easier to understand.....

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Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

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Re: Clash of the titans

It would be except they're fighting over who gets to screw us.....

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Another day, another Bitcoin burglary as Bitcash.cz goes titsup

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Stop

Storing your virtual money on a virtual server will leave you virtually broke.....

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Brit boffin brews INSTANT HANGOVER RELIEF

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Re: Missing the point

"Sure there is. All of the quality brew masters departed the land for nations where they were permitted to earn a living."

Leaving only substandard brewers to work for Budweiser.....

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Re: Missing the point

If that was true then lite beer wouldn't taste like shit.....

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Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

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Re: Huh Luxury!

You're whinging at six days?

Still waiting for a parcel from Melbourne to Newcastle (10 hours drive) and it's almost three weeks and I still don't have it.

This isn't unusual in Australia. Australian couriers redefine the word "crap". They made a documentary series about Australian couriers called "Swift and Shift". 100% factual.......

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Hand over the goodies, Brazil tells Chocolate Factory

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Re: "daily fines of 100,000 Brazilian Reals, up to a maximum of R1 million...

Petty cash?

Try rounding error......

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Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN

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"Ask those out in the sticks how well that's worked out for them."

I AM out the sticks. If I could get fibre draped over my fence, I'd be better off.

In fact, in some places, they run it on the power poles. Yes please. I'll have some power pole fibre please.

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Re: Of course MS want it

I need that fat pipe. So many cat videos, so little time........

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"*All they have to do* is build a national broadband network across the sparse, widely dispersed population of Australia. Right.

You're either trying to be funny or a fool."

Well they did it before with the copper network. Can't they replace the copper network with fibre? Have we forgotten how to dig holes?

Everybody would be happy if the aged and broken copper network was replaced. Why haven't they put fibre in while replacing broken copper?

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And then they can hand it all to the NSA since they're an American company......

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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Re: No dude, it is all YOUR fault.

It's a total load of crap anyway. Everything that's been reported shows they've been using encrypted flash drives delivered by courier for years

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing

"You are passing a planetary system on a routine survey when you find some strange creatures erecting monuments. Odd things. The monuments are meaningless, but they seem important to the creatures, so you spend a few days out from your travel to help them."

You are passing a planetary system on a routine survey when you find some strange creatures erecting monuments. Odd things. The monuments are meaningless, but they seem important to the creatures, so you spend a few days out from your travel to anal probe them.

There, fixed it for you.....

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Japanese boffins unveil INVINCIBLE robot rock, paper, scissors 'bot

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But can it beat?

Mike Johnson from the Almighty Johnsons?

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US soldiers preparing for civilian life taught coding skills by Microsoft

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Oh the humanity......

Haven't the poor soldiers suffered enough?

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RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

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Why am I not supprised.....

"to prove that India has the technological ability to get to Mars"

Ah so it's not about the science, just a pissing contest......

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John Kerry bombshell: 'Yes, the NSA... reached TOO FAR, inappropriately'

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Re: Fortress in a bunker

“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Off your bikie laws: Anonymous to Queensland Premier Newman

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Can't blame the bikies or the police.

Bikies won't want to be arrested as the slightest crime will get 15 to 25 years tacked on top. If they're going to put you away for life, it might as well be for murder and not just a joint.

The police need better armour and weapons if bikies have no interest in coming peacefully anymore.

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Queesland...

Beautiful one day. A police state the next..............

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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I'd get netflicks for Firefly. The show was awesome and so was the movie

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Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

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Re: QUID PRO QUO....

People would pay to hunt George and forget the rhino.......

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"Killing a rhino with a high-powered rifle requires a level of skill that has been described as roughly equivalent to shooting a garden shed."

A garden shed doesn't insert a three foot spike up your ass if you don't hit it dead on.......

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Re: future of the species..

"Imagine that, a once in a lifetime meal of black rhino steak."

Actually that's a great idea. $20K a plate would add another couple of million towards saving the species.

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Re: Strange Logic

"The rich b*****d could simply help fund without the kill and use some of the money to take that Black Rhino and put it somewhere else, away from the others and out of harms way. it's not like the national parcs have a lack of space......."

Yeah he could, so could you......

Save your money and out bid those rich hunters and you can save the rhino. If your not going to bid then STFU and leaving saving the species to the specialists who's job it is.

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Re: Good idea!

"He's probably grumpy and aggressive because he's not doing enough breeding, just find him some more females and leave him alone."

Find him females where? If we could clone them, we wouldn't need him to breed

In the wild, males fight and the strong survive to breed. If you have a reduced population, removing excess males allows the remaining males spend more time breeding and less time fighting thus increasing the number of females.

Shooting one male isn't going to affect the species any great amount as there is a big chance one will die in the next fight anyway. What shooting one will do is inject $250K to $1M into the preservation of the species which will allow rangers to be better armed and equipped to fight poachers who shoot young and old, male and female and actually do threaten the species.

If you don't like the idea, save your money, bid against the hunters, use a dart gun and take him home with you that way you can be sure he lives.

Just sitting around saying you shouldn't shoot the rhino means that the people trying to save them doesn't have the money to fight poachers and more than one rhino will die because of your actions

Really, some so called conservationists are just plain stupid.....

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Mozilla CTO blasts WC3 plans to bless anti-piracy DRM tech in HTML5

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Get over it and accept anti-piracy tech

As long as the media companies accept that piracy is here to stay......

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Re: Mission creep

DRM has worked so well stopping piracy in the past, I can see why they want to make it a standard.....

F@#king morons!

All DRM does is stop people from using legal content easily and thus turn to piracy as it's easier. The idiots can't even agree on a DRM model so your browser will end up with a dozen DRM plugins

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Fearless slayer of lawsuit-lovin' patent trolls steps forward from shadows

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Re: Corporate lockdown.

Patents need to be harder to get but easier to defend

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Re: lobbying spending

America has the finest democracy money can buy.....

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Re: Corporate lockdown.

Can't see it making a difference. They'll move the patent to a $2 company and then go bankrupt if they lose. They do that now....

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Re: Plenty of jobs . . .

What do you call 500 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.....

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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Re: where's PT when you need him ..

"The difference is a secret ingredient. You'll never guess."

Well the stuff is high protein and the owner is a bit of a tosser........

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Re: It's not that it's "new"...

Blizzard already tried to help these people.....

http://www.wowwiki.com/Pandaren_Xpress

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Re: where's PT when you need him ..

What I'd like to know is the difference between this and any of the ten million meal replacement shakes on the market?

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

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Some people say I'm indecisive ....

But I'm just not sure.....

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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Everybody knows torrent site are there for the illegal content. The legal content and the search engine argument is there to muddy the waters. The real problem is the big media's control issues creating the market for pirate sites.

Lets say I just missed last night's episode of Elementary? I can stop watching it and wait for the DVD. I can forget that episode and watch it out of order later or I can just pirate the damn thing and keep watching the series.

Forget us poor peons in Australia. The series finished months ago before we get them here usually which is why Australian are the biggest pirates. We're also locked out of streaming sites unless we get a US credit card and a VPN and lie like hell.

Big media still can't work out why people pirate....

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Meanwhile in Durkdurkastan......

Another site will open replacing it.

At what point will the big media morons stop playing "Whack a Mole" on little pirate sites and make their media easily available and not region locked?

These idiots are their own worst enemy.

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Cabinet to be targeted with pro-FTTP ads

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$44K might not be enough...

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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Re: Captcha's are bad m'kay?

"Still not accessible, still breaking the law (Equality Act 2010) when will these people learn?"

It might be against the law but making more accessible for the blind makes it more accessible to the spammers and at the end of the day, I get more emails from spammers than from blind people.

If the government wants to make laws, why doesn't it make some to stop spam and then CAPTCHA won't be needed.

Personally I went a different approach. I added a field called email inside a hidden div in the form. My script knows if the email field is filled in, then it's from some crap robot written by some scumbag spammer who will hopefully die a painful death and spend eternity in hell getting his nuts roasted....

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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He wants the traffic from Google but he also wants Google to pay him to give him traffic

He's still trying to figure out how to have his cake and eat it too

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Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

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Re: I, for one, protest

But some cyclists need it........

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