* Posts by Adam 1

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Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

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Re: What a headline...

Heard it before though.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Re: Survey?

f) SONY - revenge against the internet.

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Microsoft whips out real-time translator for Skype calls

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Re: They spelt it wrong

Eye sea watt ewe did they're

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this could make Skype interesting

They just need to enable multi hop translations. I want my conversations to sound like DVD player instruction English. Much more fun than the current can you still hear me; yes but I only see the top of your head conversations that are par for the course.

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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Currently on my regular train sharing a 6 person seat with one other person. Normally I just get to chose whether to stand upstairs it downstairs.

If this is what can be achieved in public transport then bring it on (uber that is, not the dickhead in martin pl)

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: It was named after the explorer Juan Ponce de León

Or swap a few letters around and call it the USS Delorean.

I wonder how many lasers can be powered with 1.21 jigawatts.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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Wouldn't monitor physical disconnect and reconnect events be traceable?

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US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover

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Re: groan

>Enlighten everyone on what the best form government is?

Benevolent dictatorship.

Getting the right dictator tends to be where it comes unstuck.

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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Re: Those 'constraints' on Android Studio's evolution imposed by JetBrains ...

If resharper is anything to go by then I completely support those sentiments.

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Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court

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No worries Canadia

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Also some sad goodbyes. Pdfcreator used to be one of those must installs before they started bundling spyware in their installer.

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Re: Wireshark

Or fiddler if you are dealing with http.

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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

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Re: what's the need for this ?

There are some good reasons for electronic voting done right (most aren't).

* Detection of vote tampering

* removal of accidental donkey voting where someone changed their mind and started crossing things out rather than getting a new paper making their intention unclear

* immediate results where the numbers are close.

* sensible sized ballot paper. Our legislation limits the size and therefore with enough candidates you have real accessibility problems with readable font size.

* random order per vote so column 1 isn't hugely advantaged by donkey vote.

* Logistics in producing, transporting, storing, counting those papers.

These are not theoretical problems. In the recent election, Western Australia's senate race was very close. Last and second last at specific points were within automatic recount thresholds at numerous points and preference flows varies the overall winner. During the recount they could not find from memory about 1000 votes from one polling station. They did simulations of both possible flows and demonstrated that the result could change which in the end cost many millions of dollars in a state wide revote.

In answer to your other question. Poll booth attendance is compulsory. What you do our don't write on your ballot paper is up to you but it will be considered informal if you don't fill it out correctly (wink wink nudge nudge). Compulsory attendance is actually a good thing (hasn't always been my view). But it achieves some useful effects.

* providing a mandate to the parliament (note parliament != government).

* much harder for anyone to use stand over tactics to keep opposing populations away.

* moderates the nuts that exist at the frays of all ends of the spectrum. I know that a number of places where politics doesn't seem to be contesting ideas but rather trying to motivate half interested parties to bother to turn up. If everyone is already there, you need to focus on how your policies affect the whole constituency or you won't get a large sway.

The real amazing part is that for once the parliament seems to have thought through the problems that such a change opens up, where good intentions have unintended bad consequences. If only they now apply their newfound wisdom to the slippery slopes of days retention and media reporting of special operations,I, for one would be much happier.

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Re: the lack of privacy “opens up a market” for votes to be bought

Not when it comes to carbon pricing...

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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>Her indoors reckons it looks like an angry insect. Me? Being half Scot, I see echoes of the Saltire in that bold cross pattern slashed across the nose, especially in the blue-and-silver colour scheme that my review car rocked up in.

I would say they are channelling the Xbox controller.

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Amnesia: A mad Aussie dash through history, hacking and the CIA

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It's Australian Labor Party

/which I find weird because we generally spell things "right"

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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Re: You raise an interesting point...

African or European vacuum?

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Did you get it over the air or flash it from the website download?

Mine still claims to be up to date on KitKat.

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Stop coding and clean up your UI, devs, it's World Usability Day

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Re: Would someone please tell MS about this!

Charms may be OK** but they totally ruined the network connection status popup that used to be there.

** providing you only have one monitor.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Re: To Big

Then my phone rang and I couldn't finish typing my sentence?

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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+ freaking LASERs

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Re: What version is FF on now?

I'm sure that some versions mustn't have even existed. I mean one day you were using one version somewhat happily and the next you were two versions later.

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Apple blats WireLurker OS X, iOS malware – but fanbois aren't safe yet

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Re: Don't piss yourself, iOS-device owners

So Cancel or Allow?

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'You have no right to see me NAKED!' Suddenly, everyone wakes up at the Google-EU face-off

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Re: Wrong Target?

It is in Google's interest to return the results that their users were looking for, irrespective of whether you now regret the night you embarassed yourself. If they are simply a bunch of viagra link farms then people will change searh engines. I have used probably a dozen search engines over the past decade or so. I switched to google when its results were consistently aligned with what I was looking for. If tomorrow morning Bing does it better then I will switch again.

Even taking at face value that the information is inaccurate; it is only an assumption that the user was expecting accurate information. Would you expect reliable information from the onion? Of course not (at least I hope). The point is that you want a search engine to decide based on a short phrase and possibly some additional data (location / google+ / search history etc if available) the relevance of the possible returned results. If information is truly out of data and Google doesn't return the more up to date information then Google will lose out to its competitors; but there would surely have to be much better reasons to not go after the information source in the first place. They are going after Google for the PR. If they wanted the information gone, they would go after the hosting website(s).

It is with great curiousity that I ponder whether these guys think that China should have the right to suppress "out of date" links on Google.com?

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LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 – dual SSD sizzler

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Re: re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

For a thousand pounds I would expect a compressor to be in the mix.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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@Emmanuel

I wouldn't trust Google then. I count 14 from just two shuttle disasters (challenger + Columbia)

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: Google goes into Kevin the Teenager Mode

Here's the thing.

The search result is already correct.

Correctness of a search engine relates to the ability to locate URLs that relate to the phrase you are searching for. They do not offer an opinion on the fitness for purpose or correctness of that information. If you search for a review of a car, the results may contain links to reviews by people who clearly have no clue, are biased towards or against a particular model or get specifications or prices wrong. That is where adults are expected to engage their brain and evaluate for themselves. If the information on this site is so bad that poor little Europe couldn't be trusted with it, then block it at the site itself.

Censoring of search results is the realm of Beijing or Moscow rather than somewhere that values free media.

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@Spartacus

Reread my comment. I did not suggest that they could avoid compliance by blocking their IP range. There is no inherent contradiction between compliance with the law and choosing who wish to offer your services to.

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Re: Geo-location?

No offence but I would much prefer them to spend those few milliseconds figuring out the most applicable links that correlate to my search query, not figuring out locations of IP addresses to crosscheck umpteen blacklists and to exclude such results.

If I was Google I would drop all connections from ECJ offices in protest. Or pummel them with random massive streams of data through JavaScript to fill their pipe.

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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I think Samsung may be drawing a bit of a long bow here by going after this argument. That said, I also believe for the most part Microsoft don't have most of these claimed patents, although they probably have some real ones now they bought Nokia...

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Free government-penned crypto can swipe identities

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it gets worse

Their web portal has a password policy that restricts citizens to just 8 characters/digits.

Why does it matter about the maximum password length ; they all SHA256 down to the same size irrespective of length right guys? Er, guys, you aren't storing those passwords in plain text or reversible encryption are you?

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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@45rpm

So how are you enjoying your new job in the soap factory?

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Re: Comparing to Fisher-Price

My thoughts exactly. If the only side effect of throwing it into the tiles is that it starts playing the ABC song until you reboot it then I'm sold.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: Apple killed the competition then deliberately dumped the market...

OK, so I have checked.

The first generation iPod (now called classic) had 5GB storage. Even most of the 3rd gen were 20GB.

The money of one of these "classics" could just about buy you two XPerias (not the Zs obviously), but even the cheap ones have a microSD slot. A 32GB card can easily be had for under US$20. Same with Samsungs. Amazingly, some manufacturers have discovered a way that users can swap out both storage and batteries. They figured out that if you don't glue them to the board, you can just take one out when it is flat and put another in. Likewise, they discovered these cards which can be removed and replaced with either higher capacities or just additional media. It is not quite as innovative as rounded edges but not bad eh?

The battery life of your smart phone is mostly your screen. If you are using it as a media player, your screen is off and it will easily last a day.

Sorry, what was I supposed to discover?

Most people can live with just 16 - 32GB of music with them at a time. Those that cant do not form a big enough market to make the product line profitable. The writing is on the wall for them as microSD cost/GB drops and 4G makes streaming services technically possible. If the exorbitant costs for data over 4G drop over the next few years, then many will need even less storage on the phone itself. Apple don't want to be selling the iPod, they want to invent and sell iSpotify (or Beats or whatever they branded it).

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Sounds like another reason to steer clear of the gym.

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Re: Apple killed the competition then deliberately dumped the market...

No. Sales dwindled because you now carry a portable computer the same size that can play music, movies, ebooks, apps and games, browse the net and take photos which often have similar capacities to the original iPod classic. It dwindled for the same reason as compact digital cameras have; there is no need to get two things when one thing does everything you need with only compromises you find acceptable.

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Shellshock over SMTP attacks mean you can now ignore your email

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Helo

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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This weeks what if seems quite appropriate:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/117/

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>Sure, it's not got a huge propulsion, but it makes you wonder how you intend to keep something powered and propulsive for decades or even centuries.

It is moving at 17km/s. For perspective, that is London to Sydney in 16 minutes.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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@werdsmith

Buying a physical CD also requires putting on pants then driving to a Westfield somewhere and flicking through the shelves hoping to find the one you are after. Good luck if it isn't on the top 50; all of that pant wearing could be for naught. Contrast this to digital sales, where if you know what you want then you can have it purchased and downloading within seconds; no calling around different stores to see who has it in stock.

ITunes (the software) is still an awful offence against humanity, but I can see how it is convenient to those locked into that ecosystem.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Charm menu ... grrr ...

@John H Woods

It is even less sensible when you have a second monitor on the right.

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32,000 Hungarians plan to take to the streets for 'internet tax' protest

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Re: Meh

That is unlikely. It would take 15 separate powers two agree on a base.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Ahhh....

You're folding it wrong.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Not the best wording

Out of curiosity, what do they do on one of these missions or even on the ISS in the event that one of the astronauts was to pass away from some unexpected natural cause?

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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We know where the savings really are. At least they won't ask for a raise, right Nadella?

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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Where's the green sheep?

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Australian spookhaus busted for warrantless tap of own phones

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clear solution available

It seems obvious to me that the best way to fix this sort of problem is to grant them more powers.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Game changer

Never before has a comment been posted that so perfectly matches the handle of its poster.

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Re: To the skeptics...

>No, but they do deception.

True, but fusion power 10 years away isn't exactly an unusual claim.

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Prehistoric swingbelly KANGAROOS were TOO FAT to jump – scientists

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Re: Something to be aware of...

>The other issue I have with this is that Australia was crawling with massive carnivores at the time, and getting away from them was (presumably) a priority for prey animals.

Possibly, but another possibility is if it was also a common ancestor to the common drop bear then perhaps it had no need to get away from anything. Would also explain how they got so fat.

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