971 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012
A Camel is a Horse Designed by a Committee
The problem is the NBN was designed by a committee too.
I've got the NBN. First thing they do is install a battery backup system to run everything in case of a blackout.
This is a total waste. Firstly a lot of homes now no longer run a home phone. Secondly of those who do, most have a cordless phone that doesn't work without power anyway. Most people don't care because there is at least one mobile in the house.
The only person who needs a battery backup land line is an old technophobic person so you could get rid of 95% of the battery backups and nobody would care.
Yes I know about alarms and monitoring systems. Alarms these days often hook up via mobile and even so, they already have a battery backup system in them. There is also no reason why someone who wants a battery backup to not go and buy a UPS.
The NBN should supply just the fibre. The supplier should provide the hardware based on the customer's needs.
When we go to a dodgy site we won't have Google selling us penis enlargement pills, it will be someone else...
"Given the vigor with which dogs scratch and lick themselves, this could be a potent form of power"
Whole new meaning to Powerball.....
If a horse was that lame...
You'd just shoot it...
Re: passably attractive???
"She's frakking hot... what more do you want???"
Her in a "Black Widow" catsuit.....
Re: Yes please amend
And the other leg...
Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.
"Electricity supply is a State responsibility. There are no Greens in any position of responsibility in any state parliament. The op opinion is thus a logical lunacy."
Funny? I recall the carbon tax was federal. It's the Green's handiwork.
"Then vote them out next election, show there's no career in office if they try to push for it."
It will be in by the next election
Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.
"Our governments use the catch-cry "Democracy!" to befuddle us and keep us from interfering."
It's a two party system. How do you change the system when the two parties are different sides of the same coin?
"Which means don't vote for any incumbent. The fact is, the people elected approved the spending. SO don't trust their word about what their views really are."
Yes but the other bastards also want to bring it in, you know to stop terrorists and kiddy porn...
Every government spies on it's people (and everybody else it can) and lie about it. All Snowden did is show how much.
Every government department wants access to this information (tax, police, child support, welfare etc) and as such will do everything they can to bring it in. They know the public will be upset so it's easier to sneak it in and lie about it.
Safer for everyone to just assume they're watching and act accordingly.
What pisses me off is with this information, they can accuse you of any crap claim and then go fishing through your history for any misdeeds you may or may not have done. Yes you've been cleared of fraud so now we'll charge you with piracy cause you've logged into The Pirate Bay several times in the last five years...
"When the Great Firewall is replicated elsewhere is when the governments no longer fear the people they represent."
Like in Australia?
"Yes truly motivated perverts can buy any number of hidden recording devices. That is beside the point. Google are attempting to make their glasses pervasive. That lowers bar of entry and shifts the burden of proof. To clarify. If you are caught with a hidden recording device at the moment there is probable cause. There will be no probable cause with goo-glasses."
I'm sure you can find some gauze to hang from your tinfoil hat that will mess up Glass' facial recognition....
"@thorne then why the emphasis on video and camera ? A phone also has a, well phone .."
My point is there isn't any features in Glass that is not in a phone so logically banning Glass from resale should mean phones should also be banned from resale for the same reasons.
Personally I can't see any point to banning resale.
Re: Google could end this hassle today
"Just include secret facial recognition and ship the results to the NSA."
They don't already?
"@Thorne - Do you walk around with your phone perpetually held up in front of your face ? If not, then there's a difference."
Well no I don't hold my phone up to my face while I'm selling it. I usually give it to the person buying it but then again I'd expect the same if I was selling Glass too.
The conversation was about the right to resell.
I can't see any difference between resale of glass and the resale of a mobile phone. Both have camera and store video.
That a god bothering primitive is in charge of privacy in technology (I bet he doesn't even own a mobile phone)....
Re: What they SHOULD be doing??
"Free speech does (should) have some responsibility!"
Free speech has nothing to do with it.
Youtube gets something ridiculous like 100 hours of footage a minute uploaded. The staff required to check this footage for legality would be mind blowing. Currently the ads are based on the entered text which may or may not have anything to do with the footage and all videos gets ads because that's how Google makes it money.
Google would need to hire 20,000+ staff to do nothing but watch videos just to try and keep up with the inflow
Re: What do we need
"Creating monopolies is bad for everybody"
Yes and no. This is an infrastructure monopoly owned by the government, no different to powerlines, railway tracks and roads.
The problem in Australia is when the government sold off Telstra which owned the phone lines creating a private monopoly who screwed it's customers and competitors and refused to upgrade the system because it could make more money selling the old broken crap cause there was no choice.
The NBN creates a government owned monopoly who then sells access to private companies at the same price unlike Telstra with it's customer arm and wholesale arm.
Now if private companies just ran their own lines, it wouldn't work. They will create small monopolies in the profitable areas and the regional areas will get squat. No company will create duplicate fibre networks in an area where one already exists as then you spend a lot to buy into a market where you need to compete on price. Much easier to build in an empty area and rule it as your fiefdom...
Now with a government controlled fibre monopoly, the profitable areas will subsidize the rural areas allowing all Australian the same level of access. As far as I'm concerned, everywhere that has copper running to it should be upgraded to fibre. If you didn't have copper before, then satellite or wireless.
Re: More Gullible?
More people per head of population falling for these scams.
Personally I wonder the break up of stupid scams verses sneaky scams (Nigerian dictator vrs Westpac email)
I see a lot of emails pretending to be Telstra, Westpac, CommBank etc. I wonder how many Australians fall for these as opposed to distant relative dying and leaving you millions.
We Australian have a smaller banking group so it's an easier target than US banks.
Re: I'm safe
By safed, he means nobody wants his DNA...
Re: I'm no longer voting "for" but "against"
No difference in Australia
Last election I couldn't work out who I hated more. Ended up getting a Green's How to Vote card and put it in backwards...
Re: Actually ...
"Why? Simple answer: There is no possibility of saving, and then restarting the game from where you left off in RealLife[tm], after you get killed. For whatever reason, the gamer set doesn't seem to understand that obvious fact."
What are you trying to tell FPS Doug? Anything else? Holding a knife doesn't make you run faster?
NSA New Proposals
If we implant chips into everybody's heads monitoring for illegal thoughts, we can stop even more attacks.
Safety at the cost of freedom...
You say now but when you get black bagged, waterboarded and set to a re-education camp.....
"Sorry but how do you opt-out of any facial recognition software when you're not the one wearing the glasses?"
Re: How long...
Won't need to. Just a burka will trigger an alert...
Until all the police wear headsets with facial recognition?
Just like now the act of driving past a police car automatically brings up your details and rego and insurance status.
Police will be able to walk past people and know if there is a warrant or drug use history or out on parole or wagging school etc.
Of course this will all happen under the guise of protecting police officers from false claims...
Could you pin a tail on this cunning plan and call it a weasel?
If the opposite of pro is con then the opposite of progress is congress...
Re: Fear not the paradox is, paradoxically, not going to happen.
"I think time paradoxes don't exist - they're just a sci-fi idea... cos, if every decision, even down to the quantum level, creates a new alternate reality then...."
Personally I follow the idea of fixed time rather than whole spawned universes every millisecond.
Time is like a movie. You might figure out how to fast forward and rewind but that doesn't change the movie.
Ok imagine you go back in time to kill your father. That would create a paradox. Now with fixed time, any attempt to create a paradox would fail. You get hit by a bus before you can kill him. You go back too far in time and get eaten by a T-Rex etc etc.
Just like the past, the future has already happened and it's only the fact that we don't know what will happen that maintains the illusion of free will...
Re: Um, bad analogy in bringing up Christopher Columbus.....
1) I don't think prisons will be needed. Even if people knew it would be eventually fatal, you would still have plenty of volunteers.
2) It may have been shorter but they had no idea of where they were going. We can see Mars.
3) The ship would be flying a preprogrammed route. You can't turn around.
4) Only one ship
5) For the chance to stand on Mars, people would still go even for a one way trip.
6) They were motivated by greed. Mars would be motivated by fame. Nobody has forgotten Neil Armstrong
Re: Trip to Mars == Suicide, maybe just getting there.
I think it will end up using hollowed out asteroids. The material is already in space. Robots could do the construction and you can have a massive amount of high metallic content rock between you and outer space.
But the Chinese will if it mean the first person on Mars is Chinese
(Actually my money is they lied to both the US and Australian governments)
In Other News...
The US government demands Google installs a backdoor so it can continue to spy on everybody.
Too slow chicken marengo
You can't call Cat highly evolved any more than the cast of "Jersey Shore". He was the son of the village idiot and a TV weather girl...
Does it come as bacon flavored?
If not then it will fail...
Re: Watch out for foreign governments
"The government of the USA *is* a foreign government. Why should they have backdoors into software used in other countries, which judging by their past performance they are guaranteed to massively abuse?"
Cause the Chinese are beating them at their own game. If you can't beat them, cheat...
" I heard that terrorists are trying to recruit people by using porn!"
No. The Islamic nutters hate porn therefore we have to encourage more porn (plus beer and bacon)...
Re: How scary
Lets look at the Australian Government warnings again for India
"Due to the risk of harassment and assault, women should take particular care in all parts of India and exercise caution even if they are travelling in a group. See under Crime for more information. "
"A number of terrorist attacks in India have resulted in significant casualties. For example, in 2008, over 170 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks targeting places frequented by Westerners in Mumbai. Australians were among the casualties. More recent attacks causing significant casualties have occurred in Varanasi in December 2010, Mumbai in July 2011, New Delhi in September 2011 and Hyderabad in February 2013. "
"There is a high incidence of food-borne, water-borne and other infectious diseases in India. Before you travel, you should consult your doctor or travel clinic about disease outbreaks, preventative measures, immunisations and vaccinations. See the Health section for more information. "
Yes lets not let facts get in the way of being a total prick...
Re: How scary
Totally missed the whole point....
Who cares if you break the laws of another country you've never been to and have no intention of going to
By the way since India is such a wonderful place to visit here's the Australian governments current status on travelling to India
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in India at this time because of the risk of terrorism, civil unrest, crime and vehicle accidents. "
But I'm just a xenophobe for pointing this out...
You've broken the law in another country you've never been to and now will be sued in said country for a billion dollars.
Unless said country was America and you lived in a lickspittle country (like Australia) who would sell you out in a heartbeat, it doesn't rate as much of a threat.
I pretty sure the blogger could live without going to India with it's wandering rapists, Islamic crazies and Bombay belly...
Re: Now, Listen Hear
Don't forget to say please...
Nintendo might be able to claim copyright but will be left with a massive PR nightmare and alienate their fans (both of them)
Their pay is relative. Dollar for dollar they earn less but in China the cost of living is much lower. A basic Western wage would allow you to live like a king in China. A cup of cheap coffee here would be a huge breakfast there.
They do but adding Apple to the story makes it more newsworthy...
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