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Data retention saves Australia from TERROR says Labor MP

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In a surprise move!

Authoritarians seek more authority for themselves.

And there's no other options to chose because they've corrupted our system so they're the only option*

*well except for the Greens and some other smaller groups who are continuously ridiculed by the press for not following the establishment dogma.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: Sahara etc

Actually that was before human colonisation. The Aboriginal cultures engaged in land clearing by fire and changed the environment considerably. 30k-60k years (the figures are often contentious) gives you a big window for environmental change. They also apparently hunted all the megafauna to extinction.

What Lewis is trying to conflate with farms here is slash and burn as still practised in SE Asia today. It's a method where the population moves yearly after burning the local vegetation to provide an ash based fertiliser layer in the notoriously poor soils of rain forest. Only a tiny percentage of the forest is under cultivation at any time as it only supports low population densities. Frankly it's a crap and inefficient method of farming and hugely damaging to the environment and soil. Most of the nutrient load is wasted in gases created in the fire. It's only saving grace is that it can only support small populations so that self-limits its damage.

As Lewis would know if he's spent a few minutes researching rather than trying to prop up his no-legged hobby horse.

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Western Australia considers ban on R18+ games

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In their defence...

They are the only types of governments available on the ballot paper.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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For added irony, on the story's page

there are 3 trackers running:

Google +1

Twitter Tracker

Facebook Tracker

Marketers über alles!

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

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Eventually a use case for 4k

As small screens like those used in the Oculus Rift based on phone technology seem to be increasing in DPI at a faster rate than any others and 4K cameras are beginning to become ubiquitous, we'll pretty shortly see consumer systems like this far outstripping the .mil systems for resolution and performance. I'd also add a bit of passive and active IR and you've got a good, cheap sensor system.

That will get rid of the current issues they identify (range and lag) and offer advantages including improved field of view and built in light amplification.

And eventually they'll all be replaced by drone vehicles anyway...

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Fibre fanaticism overrode proper NBN planning says report

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Quelle surprise!

Politically motivated investigation returns politically motivated results.

System 'working' as normal.

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Academic blames US for tech titans' tax dodge

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Re: The money would come home...

You're dreaming, or more accurately lying. Corporate tax takes in the US are at their lowest ever as part of the total tax take.

When companies structure themselves specifically to not pay tax you know they are not acting honestly. This is the rich stealing from the rest of us and then trying to point blame in another direction. It's only possible because the media are owned by the same rich corporations.

Corporation taxes have dropped from 30% of the total tax take to less than 5%, So what you are saying is demonstrably false.

We are meant to have laws against transfer pricing like this but they were written for the governments by PWC, Deloitte, etc and thus they then sold the loopholes for these same taxes to their other clients the corporations.

It's a corrupt system but it was sponsored by the big corporates.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

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I know the Reg hates Google but

"rony meters exploded when Snowden, a former CIA technician, addressed the audience in Austin, Texas, in a live broadcast using Google Hangouts, given the web giant's involvement with surveillance of the population."

Except that's bollocks:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/internet-companies-nsa_n_3896097.html

for example. None of these companies have a choice in 'co-operating' with the NSA, it's all done at the end of a metaphorical gun barrel. Point your hate in the right direction, the US and UK govs.

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

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Of course we listen to Moodys

After all, they didn't mean to be one of the major causes of and complicit in the GFC:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bad-credit-how-s038p-moodys-and-fitch-helped-cause-the-housing-bubble/

So why give them the oxygen of publicity?

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Finally

I'll be curious to see how it goes outside air conditioned environments.

Apple have had issues in hot climates like here in Australia many times before, most recently with the current iMacs. Their hot weather testing seems pretty minimalistic like their case designs.

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Re: "Apple out innovates the Wintel guys again" Yeah - SURE THEY DID

Oh, come on!

They were totally innovative on the ALL IMPORTANT lowest number of fans used in a 'workstation' class.

I mean, I always buy my workstations based on the fewest number of fans available. (Because I love the idea of creating new single points of failure).

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Re: I thought I'd seen it all...

@Steve Todd

Strange, my Mac Pro under my desk has had new drives (3 off, latest an SSD), memory, 2nd Firewire card added, UAD2 PCIe card, new video card (modded PCIe PC graphics card to get around Apple's ludicrous overpricing of ancient GPUs) added to it over the past 4 years.

I've just replaced it with a 4770K based hackintosh that pummels the base level new Mac Pro for performance, RAM and disk storage for almost exactly half the entry level price in Australia ($2000). This has a GTX 660 currently but wonder of wonders I can upgrade the GPU, RAM and add other drives trivially without having to add an expansion chassis. It's as quiet as my old Mac Pro and has been flawless since I installed it - which took 30 minutes, pain free.

And I can use it as my primary DAW system for the next 2-3 years and just upgrade parts as I need, even to the level of new mainboard/cpu. It even has a better warranty than Apple have just got busted for not supporting in Australia.

Also, Mac Pros aren't workstations, they don't have workstation level support from Apple outside the major centres in the USA. HP and Dell make real workstations with real certification and support.

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Snowden: I'll swap you my anti-NSA knowhow for asylum ... Brazil says: Não

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I'm just surprised by the number of

GCHQ staff posting on the Reg.

The authoritarian lickspittles I'm used to (Hi Matt B!) but the anonymous spooks are every bit as transparent as you'd expect. They're frankly lousy at PR and spin which is why so few of us were really surprised at Snowdon's revelations.

Perhaps if you hired a really good PR firm, not just one your wife's cousin owns we'd get some half believeable disinformation out of you. Remember, your public has become better at spotting your bullshit.

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Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test

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Nice pulled out of your butt figures there

The only people saying the fibre NBN would cost that much are the Coalition and their stooges.

If you read the rest of the Australian tech press or the fact check site you'd know this for a lie.

It already looks like the 25Mb figure has been discarded for their target date and the cost will blow out as well - so this is a worse, possibly more expensive and legal nightmare. Exactly as predicted by those with experience of the previous coalition government.

What happened to structural separation btw?

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PlayStation 4 a doddle to fix: Handy if it OVERHEATS, for instance

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Re: 4GB? Surely that's a mistake...

It has 8GB - 4 mounted on the top and 4 mounted on the underside. You can only see 4 at once without using mirrors. So factually reported, no hyperbole involved.

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New Retina iPad Mini not sold out HOURS after launch - world REELS

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Re: You missed the step

The article you've linked to is about as statistically reliable as a glass sandwich is edible.

But then it's by Charles Arthur, the Guardians self appointed priest of the church of Jobs... fanboi is far too mild a term for him.

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

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Re: What year was that again?

You've taken 12-18 months difference in the published schedules and turned it into 10-20 years!

Citation please?

Here's a hint, if you're going to engage in the dissemination of FUD make it slightly believable. Between you and Mathew42 it's lovely to see the coalition has their unquestioning servants working overtime even after the election.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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Re: For everyone saying 'good'..

All true - they also determined that listening to music and especially having a conversation with a passenger were in the same order of distraction.

Yet we don't see moves to ban those as that would be 'draconian'.

Law makers and reg commentards will always prefer arguments designed to confirm their biases rather than solid evidence based ones.

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New Oz government keeps Huawei ban after spook briefing

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You have to remember

That we have a government here who think the NSA have done a sterling job and would happily turn over all Australian's records to the US government too, because, well, terrorism you know.

And that goes equally for both of the two major parties. I do wonder sometimes if they've got incriminating photos of the lot of 'em.

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Microsoft's APAC president denies price gouging in Australia

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Re: Litter ye not

So AC, when Australian dollars get converted in to US dollars, even after exchange rate differences they're worth far less in profits by your logic?

I see why you'd want to hide your identity...

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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"You don't see Rolex selling a £50 watch or Ferrari a £30k car, premium brands retain their value by being premium."

Yes - but you also don't see those things mass produced in China using sweatshop labour.

Unlike the Apple branded product. Sense of perspective wouldn't go astray JDX.

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Australian politicians 'resisted' debate on new spook powers

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Attorneys General always fall under the power of their department, the most authoritarian we have. Roxon was just a puppet for a public service that is lazy and intellectually corrupt.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Re: DSM-5 Book Review

Yes - it's medicalization of awkwardness. Still you can pretend there's a solution if you have a label.

Real autism on the other hand is a serious and often tragic condition.

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Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy

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Not to mention, copyright laws are different in every country. You're asking them to enforce a mix of criminal and civil laws with multiple interpretations across multiple jurisdictions.

That's going to be so simple to do...

And it's still only desirable if you're an entity with a vested interest in a prescriptive reading of the current legal systems, which is a hugely minority position.

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How long will the next NBN Co board last?

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Re: You'll just see the board stacked...

More likely it'll be IPA 'fellows' - they're the really scary ones.

And they're the ones they've put in charge everywhere else.

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Apple updates Mountain Lion, fixes Mail, Wi-Fi bugs

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They also updated 10.7 Lion

Security patches apply to Lion as well.

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Apple slugs Australia with iPhone tax

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Re: Isn't this always the case?

Cars can cost 2-3 times the price they sell for in the US. And it's extremely difficult/expensive to import yourself. We're set up generally to make money for foreign businesses and their wholesaling arms. Then we do our level best to tax them at lower rates than local businesses or prefer foreign companies for government contracts.

It's a bizarre way to run a country and the rationale seems to be that this is how we've always done it.

On an iPhone related note, how much are Apple charging for their flash memory? Is their stuff made of gold and diamond encrusted or something?

A$130 for 16GB (the only difference between the 16 and 32 GB phone models) does seem usurious of credibility!

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So as soon as they thought they could

they bunged prices back up again. Hardly surprising from Apple.

It'll be interesting to see if the new government do anything about it, this was a popular move on the behalf of Ed Husic last time around but the libs tend to be blindly pro business.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: Slow down?

They activated TRIM in 4.3 and that has gone away for both old and new Nexus 7s.

I've noticed a distinct improvement in storage performance on my gen 1 N7. And the battery performance is still excellent on mine - you seem to have had a lot of various Android devices for someone who dislikes Android from your post history, I make it about 7 phones in 3 years including your iPhones.

Curious.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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Re: Plumbing new depths

I very recently had to help a co-worker set up his new Nokia Win Phone. The hardware was a huge surprise, just a Lumia 520 but it felt and looked fantastic. The OS however....

If it was Android they'd be my first choice after that experience.

But Windows on a phone? No!

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Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

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Re: Pay more taxes?

It's also worth pointing out that the best period for sustained growth in the USA was the 1950s - when corporate and personal income taxes were at their highest.

Reducing taxes simply makes the rich richer at the expense of everyone else.

Corporate tax since then has dropped from around a 35% of the tax pool to less than 2%. Corporates have bought their own tax laws and now want to not only pay no tax but also be given money for free. It's a race to the bottom for the rest of us and the job of our elected representatives is to stop this.

So yes, we should want corporations (all of them, IT isn't special in this regard) to pay their share of tax.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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The irony that is

either the government or a telecoms company being put in charge of a morality based decision.

How we laugh...

PRISM anyone?

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

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Just a quick aside

Instead of the now traditional "Apple had not returned a request for comment at the time of publication. ®" wouldn't this be more appropriate:

Apple had not returned a request for comment since 2001. ®

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Albanese takes telecoms ministry

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Re: Wrong choice

Actually Scott Ludlam, surprisingly from the Greens is very clued up.

He introduced a new copyright amendment last week that would work for both citizens and corporates - so the vested interests will vote against it but it makes for good and interesting reading.

http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/speeches-parliament/copyright-legislation-amendment-fair-go-fair-use-bill-2013

Nice to see Husic get a guernsey as well, he could do interesting things in this space.

Not confident with Albenase, he just seems like a careerist politician.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Pricing FAIL

JDX - Australian Import Duties on electronic goods: 0%

- GST 10%

Shipping cost is around $0.40 per unit based on investigations by Choice magazine.

Profit percentage is WAY up - the bulk of Australian market is well trained in being shafted on imports. For example PS3 games have a retail price of $120 here, as the Australian dollar increased in value by 60% the price didn't alter at all.

The same happens with all other goods, especially cars. We're a cash cow for international companies and import wholesalers. The increased efficiency of a global market has only meant increased profits shipped out of the country.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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Re: Other internet packages are available

Even more likely, the banker isn't paying at all - it's a perk of his employment contract bundled on top of his regular remuneration.

Generally the richer you are the less you actually have to spend you own money on.

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

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She's absolutely correct!

**** SARCASM ALERT!!! SARCASM ALERT!!! ****

Obviously the best way of dealing with those proposing an authoritarian and dictatorial system is to impose even harsher limits on free speech.

**** End of Sarcasm ****

Politicians don't do irony, do they?

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

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Look shiny! (ignore the recent tax avoidance revelations)

Isn't it funny how the rumours surface when their unethical tax avoidance comes to light... (it's gone beyond minimisation if they're running entities to pay no tax anywhere)

I suspect Cook will end up making Scully's tenure look good in comparison...

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Budget could mean more paperwork for contractors

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That's only if you are a sole trader surely

And most contractors will have set up some form of Pty Ltd company surely. Sole Trader is too dangerous (you're directly liable in case of legal and financial issues) to operate under and has fewer tax and legal protections.

Most independent contractors I know work under some form of Pty Ltd structure for exactly these reasons. The only thing worse than Sole Trader is to be a part of a partnership.

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NBN Co hoses down 'scary Russian crackers' report

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AFR does another hate based report on the NBN

Population yawns in surprise.

Never trust tech reporting by an economist is the takeaway.

Actually never trust an economist is the takeaway.

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Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

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Re: Musk...

When the inevitable happens and he transforms into a Bond villain I will be volunteering to be among the ranks of his henchmen.

There's a a spirit of adventure about his projects that's seriously lacking from the mercantile focus of everything else today. Some of us want to sail beyond that far horizon.

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Re: Traditional verbiage

Consumer Reports is hardly a typical car magazine that runs on the manufacturers advertising. To quote them:

"To maintain its independence and impartiality, CR accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy and test the products it evaluates."

I helped a girlfriend research them for her MBA and they really do seem to be above board. An independent and ethical voice which is amazing considering they operate in the US market. I'd be far more inclined to listen to this review than one by the regular press with their dependancy on the advertising revenue.

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

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Remind me to quote you on that in a couple of years o' tech gurus...

" and El Reg reckons Glass is going to have a tough time appealing to the general public. ®"

I think you will have been proven to be very, very, very, very wrong. Again.

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Tiny fly-inspired RoboBee takes flight at Harvard

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If you want to be paranoid about drones

These are the ones that should worry you.

Excellent piece of engineering work though, congrats to those involved.

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Judge sets the date for Patent Smackdown 2: The Damages

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Re: silly

Except that Judge Koh is still allowing damages for patents that have been invalidated during the course of the trial. She has demonstrated some bizarre thinking during this trial.

This will just keep on going.

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The NBN questions Malcolm Turnbull won't answer

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Re: Staffing NBNCo, how will it be done?

"No one voluntarily works for less than they can earn elsewhere."

So there are no volunteer outfits? That's going to come as a surprise to the thousands working for them.

For some people the idea of helping their nation/fellow man is a reason in and of itself. Not everyone is as cynical or self-obsessed as you appear.

Quigley donated his entire first years salary, didn't have to. Some people are driven by more than self-interest.

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Apple to stage 'Tech Talks' roadshow

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Ah, if only...

someone had invented a global network with the ability to communicate nearly instantly, say both to and from, a company and their customers.

Then Apple could use that to inform their customers, answer questions and post information on their future plans for the world to see and they wouldn't lose customers based on the appearance of marketing driven secrecy.

I know it's just a pipe dream...

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New Google Play terms ban non-store app updates

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On the subject of the Facebook app

I would like the rights to remove it completely without rooting my phone.

Simply: I will never have a facebook account so I, like many millions of others, will never need this app and its numerous updates taking up valuable phone storage real-estate .

Make the Facebook app uninstallable!

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New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat

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Re: Yay!

"Also, can someone wanted for international crimes be elected to a national position in Australia? It just seems like it would be embarrassing for the whole country."

How would that be different to Howard, Blair and Bush? Or Obama and his drones and extra-judicial (it means outside the law or illegal) killings?

I'm Australian, I'll be voting for them rather than the current cynical bunch of twats representing vested interests.

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Interview: Dave Berstein on the NBN, construction and VDSL

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Thanks to Dave & Richard

Well balanced, highly informed and accurate. I learnt a lot from this and I'd love to read more like this.

This is what the Reg used to be like in general.

Pity it will get totally lost in the politics of the NBN but great t see you trying.

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