* Posts by glen waverley

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nbn™'s Sky Muster satellite lands in French Guiana

glen waverley
Pint

Article says that with satellite "latency won't be stellar". But it might be (nearly) astronomical?

Beer for the sub.

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

glen waverley

Photo <> hipster

Rider in stock photo cannot be hipster. Is not sporting a Ned Kelly beard.

Or are the style rules for hipsters different in northern hemisphere? (Assume northern hemisphere as London black taxi in foto, and WashPost mentioned in article.)

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

glen waverley
Big Brother

Re: But... do people *really*

Accuracy of location data ...

A few other thoughts.

1 Many people live in apartments/flats/tenements. AC's comment re 5 or 10 m accuracy would smear the location across many possible units. So plausible deniability there. Plus, altitude does not seem to be in the dataset, giving much more candidate units if a highrise building.

2 Unless they take lat and long from address, not gps data. Which might well be billing address for the credit card. You know, the one you used to pay the $19 to get rid of that very data. Need address to verify credit card for "card not present" transaction. AM might as well do a quick geocoded address lookup while waiting for the credit card transaction to go thru.

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Carders fleece $4.2 million from Victoria's MyKi transport agency

glen waverley
Terminator

Re: Nah, don't pay them that's the game!

Fine is now around $ A187. Plus a free kicking or broken arm from the authorised officers if yr under about 20 yo. Tho you can opt for an on-the-spot $75 if middle class.

So the economics have changed.

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Australian court slaps down Hollywood's speculative invoices

glen waverley

Re: if you got one of these letters, how do you defend the claim?

AC said "I may as well attempt to prove I didn't read a particular story on El-reg as far as I can see."

Based on my experience perusing El Reg, the usual method of showing one did not read the article is by posting a comment.

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Take THAT, Tesla: Another Oz energy utility will ship home batteries

glen waverley
Holmes

Re: What ?

Plus kids are at school, parents are at work during daylight hours. So not many electrical appliances being run at home. That might be relevant to usage patterns.

Conversely, the households of dole bludgers (TM) who are at home running tv xbox phone rechargers etc during the day tend to be in rentals. Which typically don.t have solar panels.

Icon cos No sh!t Sherlock.

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Susan Sheridan, voice of Hitchhiker's Trillian, dies aged 68

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radio first?

"BBC's radio adaption of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

I thought HHGG was originally a radio show. The book came later, I thought. But more books and more radio shows followed ...

Sad news tho.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

glen waverley
Joke

drive on the other side

I remember a news item about an ex British colony that decided to change the cars to driving on the other side.

Worked so well that 2 weeks later they decided to also change the side the trucks drove on.

( IT angle - a phased implementation may not always be the best method.)

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

glen waverley

Re: Remove the seal! To return to IT.

"Nice try, but that's the only thing we check ..."

FTFY.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

glen waverley

Re: One thing does

I think a tachometer tells you what your engine revs are at a point in time. I think a tachograph records how long your engine has been running and what revs it was doing at every point over a period of time.

But Tim's point, i think, was that if a truckie wants to work extra hours then s/he should be allowed to. Like doing a 168 hr week then having a 7 day break. Run from Melbourne to Darwin and back, no need to waste .money on motels. Negotiate a decent rate for getting the load there quickly.

Shirley you aren.t suggesting that the police should be enforcing annual leave or public holidays. That sounds like socialism to me.

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Re: Flexibility doesn't exist at lower income levels

"exploited in the quest to make bigger profits, if the laws and regulations allow it, because employees at that level can often be replaced on the same day, if they don't fully agree to the employer's terms."

Have an upvote. That used to be called the bull system on the docks.

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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

glen waverley
Coat

Re: Who will be redundant next....

Many commentards over the years have observed that *effective* outsourcing requires that technical expertise be retained in the organisation so that one knows whether or not the wool is being pulled over one's eyes. So the Home Office ought to retain a sizeable technical staff.

Not saying that is the case here. Quite possible that the HO staff are there to pay each and every invoice submitted by the outsourced provider without question or quibble.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Coffee/keyboard

Priceless ...

"while my toilet remains out of order, use the old printer to shit in"

(Now I'm not sure that is coffee spatter on the keyboard, despite what I have always assumed.)

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CVS shutters photo website in credit-card hack attack scare

glen waverley
Pint

Re: Booze and sticky carpets

Able to give us an idea of which state? Assume US.

Interested as a city near me still has statutory 'dry zones' where bars and pubs don.t exist. (In Oz, if you were asking.)

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

glen waverley
Pint

headline FAIL

"Neil Young yanks ... "

Shirley he is a Canuck, not a Yank.

Icon cos no beer for the subeditor

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

glen waverley

Oz postcodes

Back in about 1966 i.d be willing to bet west pennant hills were all fields around there. So no surprise lots of suburbs now share 2125 where DiViDeD and his mate live. (And it was PMG back then, not Aust Post)

But as mentioned above, delivery point identifier aka DPID is much more precise. Tho not known to the public.

Post code back in 1966 was designed to get mail to the local post office for sorting to rounds. Where actual humans knew the area. Much has changed since postcodes were allocated.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

glen waverley
Facepalm

AI revisited

Along similar lines re computers "learning" the wrong thing. I once heard a story about war game software related to convoys and navy escorts*. One of the important things about a convoy is that it travels at the speed of the slowest ship in the convoy. The navy escort of course has weapons and can shoot and sink ships - to guard against attacks on the convoy by the enemy.

In one simulation of an enemy attack, the navy ships started shooting at the slowest members of their own convoy, causing them to sink, and thus speeding up the whole convoy.

Not quite the real world example one wants.

*Might have been US software.

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

glen waverley
Mushroom

windows for warships or for battleships?

Can I qualify for extended support as my old (now out of service) XP machine has battleship on it?

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

glen waverley
Paris Hilton

broken down by race, gender ...

Tim said "broken down by race, gender, ..."

Back in my days as a junior data analyst we used to have a joke about tabulations of staff broken down by sex.

How we used to laugh.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

glen waverley

Re: Cheques vs cash

."Sending out stimulus cheques in the US (George Bush essentially saying, send everyone cheques for dollars as a method of stimulus) did work. But it was noted that if people were sent one for a few hundred, or a reasonable portion of a thousand or so, then they would indeed save it, use it to pay down debt"

Or a still running argument in Oz. The then govt gave an extra $ 900 tax refund when people put in their 2008 tax form. Coincidentally tax time was the same time as the GFC crash. The mantra was go hard go early go households. Allegedly everyone's $ 900 was spent on brand new TVs. Current govt is still whingeing about this. But weird that Oz seemed to avoid worst of the GFC.

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

glen waverley

Re: Staggering incompetence

"The rest of the world has retail and mid-voltage delivery run by _ONE_ company"

Beg to differ. State of Victoria has generators, hi voltage transmission, mid/lo voltage distribution and retail as 4 separate layers. Not saying it has benefitted the poor bloody householder tho.

Which in a way supports AC's argument.

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Hackers steal files on 4 million US govt workers

glen waverley
Holmes

count down timer for bad guys?

"Those who have had their data leaked will be able to receive 18 months of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection."

So the bad guys now know they have to sit on the personal data for 19 months before applying for the dodgy loans. That's how I read it.

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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

glen waverley
Big Brother

Re: Of course... (Doug S)

"If someone reported me what does Facebook do, ask me for a notarized copy of my birth certificate?"

The birth certificate name might be the "real" name (for some values of real) for males but not so for married women in the anglo world. So not quite enough documentation.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

glen waverley
Holmes

east st kilda

Was City of Caulfield. Now city of Glen Eira. But city of St Kilda now city of Bayside. So a few more chances of misremembering "correct" answer.

(Same logic applies to yr real suburb since all the council names were forcibly changed in the 90s.)

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

glen waverley

turn off by key

And on some cars, but probably not modern ones, turning the engine off by key could cause the steering lock to engage. Not a good thing in a moving car

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Pickups?

Shirley a hilux is a ute.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

glen waverley
Pint

Utopias?

Dave says "Other countries have PR or AV or other versions of democracy... but are any of them utopias? Nah, they might be better on some respect or other for some people, but none are many miles ahead of us."

Oz has both AV (mostly for lower houses aka assemblies) and PR (mostly for upper houses and a couple of assemblies).

And i know most right-thinking people would agree with me that Oz is much better than the old country.

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AGL trumps Tesla with batteries-and-solar-cell package

glen waverley
Coat

Re: misses the point

I think borkbork misses the point, at least as far as Victoria is concerned.

The retail companies are separate from the distribution (LV poles and wires) companies, which are separate from the generating companies (I've left the HV transmission companies out of this model). Admittedly, AGL both own generators (such as the notoriously bad brown coal generators in the Latrobe Valley) and are a retailer.

But a retailer can't "make up for lost revenue" by "increasing the daily supply rate for the grid connection" because the retailer merely passes on the distributor's (regulated) cost - they are separate items on the power bill (even if a quick read of my bill (not AGL) doesn't make it obvious that the supply charge is being collected on behalf of the distributor) . Maybe AGL could arbitrage the cost that it sells its generator output to its retail arm, but I'm not even sure if that is possible under the national energy market despatch model.

I suspect that what AGL might be doing here is building off peak capability, and possiby even peak surge capacity, by storing the solar in people's homes when the sun is shining so that they can tap it when demand is high and the sun isn't shining. With the advantage that the capital is being put up by householders, not the company. And they don't have to pay for warehouses to store the power. And under the gross feed-in model that most people seem to be on, AGL get to charge retail for the power the household uses, but pay wholesale for the power (panels plus battery) that the household sells to them.

Coat icon cos that's how dealing with the retailers feels like - their hand in my pocket

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Free markets aren't rubbish – in fact, they solve our rubbish woes

glen waverley

bottles for the milko

"Oddly though, in the days when I worked a milk round, there was no recharge on the bottle though you were expected to leave the empties out to be collected by the milkie."

I thought the number of empty bottles you put out indicated the number of full bottles you wanted supplied. But maybe that was just in my area.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

glen waverley

PR cf Alternative vote

PR (proportional representation) requires multi member electorates. Alternative vote aka preferential system works for single member electorates.

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Listed US tech provider bribed Oz bank worker say cops

glen waverley
Happy

Re: A sandwich short of a picnic

Further information comes to hand via the online edition of The Age.

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Some of the money was paid into an account held with the Commonwealth Bank.

Asked if that was a "blunder", Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis replied: "What do you think?"

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http://www.theage.com.au/business/us-firm-servicemesh-founded-by-former-al-gore-adviser-at-centre-of-cba-scandal-20150318-1m26pb.html

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glen waverley
Mushroom

Re: A sandwich short of a picnic

Bank staff in Oz generally get perks on their personal accounts with their employer. Higher interest rate on deposits, lower or no fees, more favorable foreign exchange rates, that sort of thing. An extra 0.5 % interest and a lazy few basis points on the USD/AUD exchange on $1.5M might be worth it. Or maybe not. Actually, almost definitely not.

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Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

glen waverley

Re: Two words...

Three letters. SPC

Passing strange how seat of Shepparton* was lost by Nationals and picked up by an independent in recent Victorian state election. Nats might just be shitting like a big black alsatian 'right 'bout now.

* The S in SPC.

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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

glen waverley

Pasty !=pie

I always thought there is a clear distinction between a pasty and a pie.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

glen waverley

Amipro aka Wordpro?

See title.

Had to use it at a job site some (ok, many) years ago. Loved the way it separated content from style sheets. Avoided using MSWord for many years for the duration of that job.

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

glen waverley

Re: Bad earth.

" Grounding to a water pipe -- used to be a common practice."

Same in Oz. Copper or steel pipe buried in the ground made perfect sense from an electric perspective. Then unplasticised PVC pipe was introduced. Naturally it got used for repairs by plumbers in existing installations with the unexpected result that the (electric) ground was now isolated from the (dirt) ground by the nonconducting section of uPVC. What I suppose we might call a domain problem. Plumbers and electricians are different trades.

I still remember almost a year's worth of quarterly water bills in the mid 80s begging consumers to get a sparky to check that any plumbing work hadn't compromised their dwelling's electrical safety.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

glen waverley

Re: 711

"Some controls like turn indicators have been in the same place for ages"

Not entirely true. Some models here in Oz have them on the right stalk (which is correct), others have them on the left stalk. The wise road user eventually learns to recognise that if the wipers begin to operate then the approaching vehicle may well turn across your path.

I suspect the left-stalkers are cheap factory conversions for the Oz market.

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Must diarise: UK.gov Verify ID system will 'definitely' work by 2016

glen waverley
Coat

Brown envelopes?

I thought the whole point of brown envelopes is that identity is definitely *not* a requirement. If identity mattered, then payments would be made by direct transfer (thus making NSW ICAC's job soooo much easier).

(GW goes into revery about on-line identity being verifiably set up as "the big man" or similar so as not to have to send a reliable constable around various cafes, pubs, etc to physically collect the envelopes.)

Coat icon because of an old technique regarding "mistakenly" taking wrong coat when leaving ...

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SUPER-SUEBALL heading IBM's way in Australia

glen waverley

Re: Are you listening UK Gov?

"You or I (or the small, competent computer shop round the corner) may say "bloody hell, I could do that for a tenth of the price and still make a huge profit", ..."

London Ambulance system, anyone?

(Tho to be fair, OP did specify "competent".)

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

glen waverley

Re: relevant music

And while I'm reminiscing, one of the malls nearby used to play the seasonal music with no lyrics to distract shoppers. I always had a smile to myself when I heard The Red Flag. But I suspect they thought they were playing O Christmas Tree.

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glen waverley

relevant music

Some years ago one of the major supermarket chains here in Oz had the typical high rotation christmas themed pop tunes and carols playing in their shops. But somehow Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas was on the tape. Amused me.

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Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service

glen waverley
Windows

Re: Net access as a Utility?

" how does a person suffering from extreme poverty, get access to them?"

Some cynics might think that one way to limit government expenditures is to prevent easy access for those eligible for them.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

glen waverley

Re: windscreen wipers?

So why does it need rain sensing wipers? (Hope I am not embarking on the " 7 whys" technique.)

Ok, it might be a showroom model fitted out with driverless tech. But still doesn't have anyone to look out the wiped windscreen. So why leave the rain sensors hooked up to the wipers?

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glen waverley

windscreen wipers?

Why does the self driving car car in the vid have its windscreen wipers on? There's noone inside to look out.

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

glen waverley
Facepalm

backronym error?

TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Service) ...

Wouldn't that be TITSUS? Or have I detected a failure of Processing?

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Join The Reg in Sydney for beers, ideas and Christmas cheer

glen waverley
Headmaster

O? No!

You wrote " Melbournians". But standard spelling is Melburnians.

Could have used correction button, but wanted to use grammar nazi icon. Boring day if this is my highlight.

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

glen waverley
Pint

fridge sized?

While watching the tv news in perth ( aka swan river settlement) tonite, the idiot box referred to a washing machine sized space craft. Are oz washing machines the same size as pommy fridges?

Icon cos I know what a fridge is for

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

glen waverley
Pint

Re: Utopian drivel

" many people can vote at their convenience, but the most disadvantaged have to queue up at a polling station or a library "

Why would the many want to vote in their toilet? And do the disadvantaged have the choice of voting at a public convenience?

Icon cos beer makes me look for a convenience.

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

glen waverley
Terminator

Re: Those systems exist for decades

People also lock themselves into safes, aka strongrooms. Was once looking at an old bank (not Snowtown!) and it was pointed out to me that the strongroom had air holes to prevent slow suffocation in case of inadvertent closing of the door.

Can see how a quick and cheap way of opening the door could be a Good Thing

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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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