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39 posts • joined 24 Aug 2012

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

glen waverley
Holmes

trains and planes ...

Complex systems ... stop airliners and trains bumping into each other

Would have to a very complex system. If they have level crossings on the runways in your part of the world.

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

glen waverley
FAIL

Re: I'm going to catch hell for this...

Or , if allergic to dogs, don't work in a job that has a legal requirement to carry assistance dogs.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

glen waverley
Coat

Re: Easily done by mistake

Many years ago, before electronic submission of quotes and the like, some readers may recall the days when companies bidding for government work used to have to be physically deliver their bids in written form on paper * by a specified time.

The usual method was that a large wooden receptacle was placed in a place near the public door to the relevant Department. Normally where the receptionist sat. And thus the young lady would have a large sign on her desk pointing to the Tender Box.

*it wasnt called hard copy then. As the concept of soft copy hadnt been invented back then**

** hard. Tee hee. Soft. Ha ha.

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glen waverley
Paris Hilton

humdinger ?

"Intrigued by the possible etymology of the American expression humdinger, she read in a dictionary of slang that it was a contraction of humming and dinger. This led to the discovery that humming too has an unrelated sexual connotation. "

And once upon a time in (parts of) the counterweight continent "dinger" also had a sexual connotation.

As Dabbsy really ought to be aware of, given that his column (fnarr fnarr) is called Something for the weekend.

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

glen waverley
Paris Hilton

Re: The BBC coverage declares this about making the marks ...

" cover your tool with a piece of skin "

I am impressed that the archaeologists can tell that Ug the artist was uncircumcised.

Paris 'cos.

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NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

glen waverley
Holmes

"It seems ... Fairfax is running the investigation"

Or maybe Fairfax is a newspaper aka media company that owns stuff.co.nz. Which might be a well known fact in Un Zud.

Glad to see that the home of Rogernomics has fully outsourced (semi-) criminal investigations to the fourth estate!

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

glen waverley

Re: Bollocks won't be allowed on many systems

But on reading the list in the link, I see "bolox" is on the banned list, as is "bollox".

So there is more to it than the double l.

Missing from the list is "bolocks", strangely enough.

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glen waverley

PC gone mad

"think it arm of company that does disability tests"

Is "arm" really the best word to use in same sentence as doing "disability tests"? Or is that why it's a company you used to work at?

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

glen waverley
Thumb Up

on the charger

Yeah, that's the case I was thinking of in my earlier response. Didn.t know it had made it into El Reg . Good work by commentard and the reg

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glen waverley
Big Brother

Re: I'm more impressed

Re comment. " My explanation for not answering is usually that the battery was flat and I left the phone hooked to the charger.... but I suspect that this event too would be logged in iPhone"

There was a high profile murder case in Oz recently where a vital piece of evidence was that a smart phone ( can't be arsed looking up what sort) was hooked up to a charger in the wee hours of the morning. So it seems it is logged.

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

glen waverley

Re: "No if only I could use that just once in our call logging system!"

DILLIGAF?

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Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

glen waverley
Coat

manipulation fnaar fnaar

" But another reason Ronaldson offers is bizarre, as he suggests “I am advised the publication of the software could leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation.” "

Given the increasing size of the Senate ballot papers especially in bigger states like NSW (110 candidates in 2013) or Vic, perhaps an insufficiently large value for NumberOfCandidates or MaximumPreference as a signed integer? Eg any preferences above eg 128 go negative, with unfortunate effects on flow of preferences.

So the trick would be to make sure that enough minor parties nominate enough candidates to bust this number. But that could not be arranged in advance, could it?

I am assuming that other commentards realise this is a vote *counting* system, not a voting system

icon becos I'm sure I had some nomination forms with me

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

glen waverley
Holmes

Re: Sources

In a previous life, I had some experience matching people records across different datasets from different organisations. Often the same person would have their date of birth out by a day. It was remarkable that it was either identical or out by 1 day. One of the explanations was that parents often make innocent mistakes when notifying various official or semi-official agencies of the birth of a new child. The error persists until events such as the child starts school or applies for a driver licence or enrols to vote or applies for a passport, at which point some, but not all, of the databases correct their records. Or decide that they are the only source of truth and keep marching to their own beat.

it might be helpful to say that I was working in a country that has a federal system so that added a layer of extra pettiness about which record was truthiest.

(Two comments on the same topic. Where's my £5?)

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glen waverley
Headmaster

Re: But what about the doodle?

Purple?

Shirley violet.

As in green white violet = Give Women the Vote.

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FAA shoots down delivery by drone plans

glen waverley
Childcatcher

back to the future?

" give rise to the rather hilarious state of affairs in which each delivery drone had to be accompanied by its operator for the whole of the trip"

Perhaps with an attendant carrying a red flag? As in the days of road going steam engines?

Vaguely Victorian icon.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

glen waverley

lifestyle choice. really? always?

You probably understand what I am about to say,but I want to say it anyway.

Some people can't work. They might be very disabled. Or they might be looking after someone who needs lots of care. So not working isn't really a lifestyle choice.

So tax rebates / deductions don't help these members of society. Which is where a credit (aka negative tax) comes in. But, as has been shown, this is very hard to do right in a simple manner.

I could go on and on, but others have already pointed out the practical difficulties.

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Unregistered car drivers rejoice! Cops kill buggy auto plate recognition

glen waverley
Headmaster

Re: Which is it?

Just to take the '6 (or 8) different countries' concept one step further - what eastern states call registration,the sand gropers call licensing. So the car is licensed and carries license plates.

To save a potential further question, the driver has an authority to drive. So one gets charged with unlicensed vehicle and no authority, in the usual situation.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

glen waverley
Childcatcher

Re: Chaos ahead

I recall seeing an article somewhere, possibly El Reg but wouldn't swear to it, and can't be arsed doing a search, that said there is a large body of law relating to horse drawn carriages and drays that can provide a good starting point for sorting out liability where a semi autonomous motive force is under the loose supervision but not necessarily direct control of a human.

so the civil liabilities may have already been sorted out over a hundred years ago. Think of the milkman's horse going along the street while the milko runs from the float to each house.

Maybe I'm showing my age even thinking of this scenario. (Still had horse and milko in my melbourne suburb in the early 1960s.)

Vaguely dickensian icon.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

glen waverley
Black Helicopters

Re: Why did we publish this?

And what did your grandfather get up to at his funeral?

Seriously, have to agree with (the meaning of) yr comment. I found out some things that my late da did in ww2 at his brothers funeral. Which was in 2009, 50 yrs after dad's funeral.

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Anti-coal protestors rated top threat to Australian e-voting

glen waverley
Big Brother

vote selling?

Have to agree that the article is hard to comprehend, so this might not be a problem under whatever method is planned in NSW. But ...

How does the iVote system (ie software plus operations plus user interaction) prevent vote buying? Hard to sell yr vote at a polling booth*. But can be easier to sell yr vote (and its corollary, easier to buy votes in bulk) if voting is done in the privacy of one's home. Or one's workplace. Or some other sort of place. OK, I'll accept that it takes some organising on the part of the perpetrators. But it may be worth it to ensure that votes go the way some nefarious elements want them to go.

I understand that in USA, the process of voting in person at a dedicated place in a private booth is called the Australian vote. We call it the secret vote. No one knows how you voted**.

* Actually, not hard to sell yr vote. But hard for the purchaser to verify that the goods were delivered according to spec, if you know what I mean.

** I have heard that in UK, the ballot paper has a serial number so that votes can be traced back to the serially numbered book they were issued from. Don't know if that is true. But might be borne in mind by UK readers when commenting on this thread.

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

glen waverley
Paris Hilton

Hobbies?

"We know many readers enjoy a bit of photography"

Nudge,nudge,wink wink.

I know what you mean!

(And so does Paris.)

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

glen waverley
Paris Hilton

Not for sale

Headline says " Now HMRC denies claims it will sell taxpayer info".

Article quotes discussion paper " This would not be charging for the data itself, purely covering the costs of providing it."

So answer seems to be "Won't be selling it. Will be giving it away."

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

glen waverley

Re: The odds are not too shabby

I nominate Bilbyville.

(Unless Bilby lives in Queanbeyan.)

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Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

glen waverley

might be sacriligious but ...

http://xkcd.com/1281/

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

glen waverley

Dr Sir Les Paterson may have prior art

I seem to recall the cultural attache to the court of st james posing the question "what do you do if a bird shits on your windscreen?"

To which the answer was along the lines of "You don't take her to the drive-in next time!"

Somehow seems relevant to this topic.

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Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

glen waverley

kpis etc

Yr humble correspondent has some experience with the service model of " get bonus if exceed KPI, pay penalty if not meet KPI". Is not that how {a large southern metropolis} allegedly makes sure that itsits railway franchise is encentivated to drop services, omit intermediate stops, run direct to flinders st rather than go thru loop, and generally game the system.

go you pillock.

PS I seem to remember also that having two operators was thort to be a Good Thing. Right up to the point where one operator threw in the towel at a moment's notice. Just before chrissie,just to add to the sense of chaos,ifirc. Can't see why 121 operators would make more sense than 2 under the local monopoly scenario.

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

glen waverley

double entendres*

Trying to do something with double double,but can.t seem to get it in hand. As per ordering a coffee.

*did you see what I did there?**

** ie, pandering to french requirements. Boom boom

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

glen waverley

ghost of the civil dead

Your humble correspondent was once a sentenced to a period of light labor in a large bureaucratic organisation*. During a spending clampdown in the mid '70s**, us (very) junior clerks were required to show our worn out ball point pens to the senior clerk in order to be issued with a new pen. It was said at the time that this was to deter us from taking pens home and next morning asking for a new pen.

wonder the the garda are (suspected of) running the same scam?

* as an employee,for the sake of clarity.

** 1970s. Not 1870s.

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Big Content wants Aussies blocked from Netflix

glen waverley

buy dvd on holiday ...

Seem to recall that it might be illegal to change the region code on yr aussie dvd player to play the us code dvd you bought on yr US holiday. Possibly under the humorously named us-oz free trade agreement.

so much for that strategy then.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

glen waverley

Re: they don't need to know yr name or actual date of birth

Perhaps I wasn.t clear enough. The bottle shop attendant only needs to know that yr 18th birthday is in the past. They don't need to know exactly how old you are.

So what is needed is an Over-18 card. (Which is what they are called in some places,except such cards also get overloaded with name, photo, address,date of birth.* ) What I was suggesting was a document that says "The true holder of this card is over 18" - and nothing more.

*which turns them into a general purpose ID card. and a general purpose ID Card is thought by some people to be a Bad Idea.0

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glen waverley
Big Brother

do you mean ID or do you mean Proof of Age?

Bernard M. Orwell says "I can understand the need for ID when going to places that sell alcohol"

Beg to differ.

Actually the legal requirement is proof of age - all that the rubbidy or bottle-o or Uncle Dan's needs to know is that you is over 18 ('cos that's the age here where I live).

They don't need to know yr name *, but rather that you are legally old enough to buy the demon drink. But the prob is that they (meaning the employer of the slightly-older-than-18 uni student who scored the late shift at the drive thru) *think* they need POID instead of POA. I realise that the "document" that proves yr age needs some sort of binding to the person showing it to the attendant, but they don't need to know yr name or actual date of birth or address.

Thumb print? Iris pattern? Lipstick impression of chocolate starfish? Signature on doc matched to signature signed in front of attendant (but no printed name on doc)? Starts to make it complex. Much easier to ask for a document designed for another purpose.

* may need to know yr name in some parts of Oz, but that's for different reasons**

** Northern Territory, I'm looking at you with yr banned drinkers list

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Asbestos finds interrupt NBN preparations

glen waverley
Facepalm

Re: and in breaking news

"Otherwise I may have damaged these lines and been bankrupted by the repair costs."

there is always http://1100.com.au or for us older units, Dial Before You Dig *

Tho, knowing roughly where the water, gas, leccy and phone lines are on my own piece of suburbia, I would think it would only be a good guess by 1100, having seen *and heard* what a landscaper did to the gas line in my front yard with a bob cat. I was wandering back from the train station when I heard the gas hissing! (Escaping gas also gives off a good looking vapor plume!)

Which makes q11 relevant at http://1100.com.au/aboutus/frequentlyaskedquestions#

* Used to be Dial 1100 in the PMG days. Dunno who runs it these days. Prob the Singers Govt seeing as they own most of the infrastructure near Glenners W.

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

glen waverley
Big Brother

"because you, reading this, are in the matte camp. ..."

"... I can’t be bothered to explain how I know this, I just do"

Yes, I am reading this on a matte screen. Now I am worried.

BB icon, pretty obviously.

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Satnav blunder sends Belgian granny 1,450km to Croatia

glen waverley
Headmaster

license

Or, back in the 1980's , the noun was spelt that way in New South Wales. Took me by surprise when I saw it spelt with an s on a very official looking poster in a post office in Woden ACT *. Something like "license photographs taken here" . So I did a bit of checking, and damn me if that's not how they spelt the noun in NSW.

Strange that a country that (allegedly) doesn't have regional accents, does have regional spellings.

* which in a way is in NSW, but also isn't **

** ACT being competely surounded by NSW

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Another Apple maps desert death trap down under

glen waverley
Pint

Re: which way is the sun?

Eddie E says "Hence, the shadows would depend on your local light source, not on the light source at the mapped location"

Yeah, i'd thought of that one. I always have my desk lamp pointing at my work from under my left arm pit to throw a shadow to the upper right. Which would give me a shadow to the nor' east while I'm sitting at my desk. But perhaps not so much in the back o' beyond while I'm trying to drive to the Isa. Or Mildura.

I did have a bit of mental confusion as to what time of day would lead to a nor'east shadow in the outback. But then i thought "If I was in a car on my way from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa, that is local to me" and so in the morrning, the shadow should be W to SW and in the arvo SE to E. And as Eddie says, at night pretty dark so not much shadow. Or light!

My original point was probably that the application is saying "we're not from these parts", which should be a warning. But a bit too subtle for those people who having paid for a software bundle, think that an application should be fit for purpose. Which it doesn't seem to be.

Need a beer after thinking that hard

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glen waverley
Pint

which way is the sun?

I notice that the pins, eg on the Mt Isa maps, have a shadow pointing to the north east. The developers of the pin-drawing applications (which may not be Apple, nor Google nor even Uncle Tom Cobbley) really ought to know that in the southern hemisphere shadows fall to the south, shouldn't they.

Or are the shadows just some sort of decoration? In which case why do it?

Al in all, it doesn't really inspire confidence that the product actually understands what it is trying to do. Which I suppose is really the point of the article, and also the Mildura article.

Beer icon - well it is Oz, after all

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Malware slurps rocket data from Japanese space agency

glen waverley
Black Helicopters

Re: Some things shouldn't be plugged into the interwebs

Bring your own device, any one?

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

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Red back native?

There is a theory that the red back spider is not native. But may have arrived with First Fleet, perhaps having boarded in Sth America. Evidence is that there is said to be no word in Indigenous languages for our dunny-dwelling 8-legged friend.

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Mr Bank Manager, help yourself to my smartphone contents

glen waverley

"give them unchecked access to your current account"

Shirley you mean "unchequed"?

Oops, must have left the book in my other coat. Tide me over till Monday?

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