Re: I have to wonder
Maybe he was presented with six erotic dancers ... did you check the death certificate?
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Maybe he was presented with six erotic dancers ... did you check the death certificate?
Will I trust a consultant's report that seemingly can't tell the difference between Malaysia and Indonesia? I think not ...
It may be a money grab, but if they have to have an Australian presence to register a name, are you going to object to:
etc ... ?
So even though the press releases are flying, NBN Co itself doesn't yet know just where the pilot will take place.
Only slightly cynically, I'd say it will be in a marginal electorate critical to the Coalition winning the next election. Note that Queanbeyan and Bateman's Bay (in Eden-Monaro) are getting NBN before most of Canberra. How about Delegate as a prime location for the pilot?
From his handle, I rather assume that codysydney is a resident of the land of the
free soon-to-be-sold-off-cheaply-to-China north of the Murray.
... a quirky comedy relating the true-ish story of a team of intrepid boffins who celebrate their success in finding extra-terrestrial intelligence by adjourning to the lunch room for some microwave popcorn ...
And these people will be in control of the security for all the (meta)data that's now being collected about us.
I feel so much more relaxed and comfortable now ....
"Spartan is clearly where Microsoft wants to go with browser technology; even the name has been picked to suggest simplicity, speed and hardiness."
Presumably we shouldn't mention the pederasty, though ...
If estimates of the advertising booked with Internet multinationals at AU$2.4 billion are accurate, they'd be asked to charge 4240 million in GST – however, much of this would be deducted by those booking the advertisements as an input cost, so the net to government would probably be far less.
Wouldn't the net revenue to the Federal Government be (very approximately) zero? Even if Google et al submit their BAS correctly, GST revenue all flows to state governments.
Of coarse wee have spell chequers, but (in common with all computer applications) they cease working at lunchtime on Friday.
He cited a child abuse investigation in Europe, saying that in the UK around 25 per cent of suspects were convicted but in “Germany, which doesn't have metadata retention legislation, almost none of them were successfully prosecuted.”
This sort of begs the question "why doesn't Germany have metadata retention legislation?" ... is it because many Germans still remember the Stasi and the Gestapo?
there is a 1 to 5 per cent chance an immunized person could contract measles
Which makes me between 1-in-400 to 1-in-10,000 unlucky ... both my children contracted measles after being vaccinated. Fortunately no serious lasting damage to either, but (note to Richard Ball) measles is scary if it is your kid that is infected: the Dept is quite right to send out an alert.
I can't say I've even heard of any modern stories that can compare to the classic tragedies like Hamlet
How about Franz Josef I? ... Brother executed, son committed suicide, wife assassinated, nephew also assassinated, empire disintegrates in the bloodiest war ever seen ...
But, I'm sure Shakespeare would have written it better than what I do.
However, he said that while access to stored data is a “foundational” building block of investigations, it's impossible to stipulate how many convictions relied on it. The AFP's systems, he said, simply aren't configured to report the association between “metadata” and eventual convictions.
So, he doesn't actually know whether metadata is useful or not ... but he can still declare that it prevents 90% of terrorist attacks.
Probably this is why I'm not Commissioner of the AFP - when I talk bullshit, I blush.
I think it may be Simon's little joke ... if you transpose the first and fourth letters of "Goober", what do you get? Or am I way off the mark ...
I thought the usual procedure was to nip down to your friendly wine merchant and get a few bottles of Grange Hermitage to spread around. Still much cheaper than hiring a bunch of lawyers ...
It can't be true ... Australian public servants don't actually produce anything. Mr Abbott told me so ...
This is one time I'd really love to see some industry collusion and price-fixing .... ISPs tendering for federal government business should automatically double their quotes to cover any additional costs ...
There's several of us around in Canberra. Not sure whether any are .net developers.
In general, though, it's a great place - especially if you have children. Schools and unis are excellent, there are plenty of opportunities for sport and/or cultural activities.
Unfortunately, Jim, if you object to being called a 'whingeing pom', it means you probably are one. My experience was that, if you take it on the chin and attempt to adjust to the local culture, Australians will accept you very rapidly. Although it can be difficult to adjust to some things - it was years before I felt at ease having Christmas in the middle of summer - the migration experience has been nearly all good for me (note: I have lived the past 30 years in Canberra, which as everyone now knows is the best place in the world1. So there.)
Maybe we should rename this comet "Nimbin" in honour of all the exotic chemicals?
A well deserved award, and I expect there's a lot more to discover about how this works.
I wonder, do these cells adjust if you move to a radically new environment? How long would it take?
Signed: an expatriate pom who spent his first 5 years in Aus thinking North was South and vice versa.
"62 per cent of respondents to its survey believe that retaining more data for longer will create security risks
And of the 38% who don't believe retaining data will create security risks, how many believe they have fairies at the bottom of their garden?
The more I think about this scheme, the harder it is to see any upside. Against the costs, risks to personal privacy and risk of administrative overreach is offset what? Where the claimed benefits are not vague, they have been specious.
"I visit some family down under, and to equate the two for diversity would be incorrect.
Hmmm ... not sure which part of Australia your family are in, but in my workgroup I can manage Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Malta, Singapore, Laos, Pakistan, China (mainland), PNG, Chile, Russia, Finland, Japan, Fiji, NZ and Iran. There is an Australian, but her parents are Greek too. Similar diversity around the street where I live.
I found some of the article familiar, some confusing (note: I'm a pom who made the reverse journey many years ago, after MHT kindly arranged to fund my passage).
Although I agree that there are many ways in which Australia lags behind Europe, in my field (I work in Local Government) it often seems the reverse is true.
As to the cultural experience, there are opportunities in both countries. Yes, from London you can get to Paris in a short time ... but from Australia you can go to many equally diverse places with relative ease. And, in many cases they're cheaper, they drive on the correct side of the road, plus (unlike Parisians) the locals will actually be polite to you.
I can't answer for what London is like now (it's a few years since I've been there), but if it's more diverse than Australia I would be very surprised - both in my workplace and around my home, I can think of at least a dozen different Asian, European and other nationalities represented.
Agree with Piers though that it is important to get out there and experience the world - whether you go from here to there or there to here, there will be new experiences and you will be the richer for it. But, be open and prepared to make adjustments - even between UK and Aus/NZ, there are cultural differences, which is one reason why so many poms fail to make a go of it here.
Also possible that the methane is being replenished by the college students ... but, would we really want to go there?
Although diplomatic communications are protected under the Convention, missions are only permitted to install and use wireless transmitters with the host government's consent. I expect missions will comply, rather than have permission withdrawn.
Try taking some cod-eine
I'll bet a couple of squid this is a red herring ...
"The Chinese firm also manufactures hardware components for HP, Dell, Lenovo, Motorola, HTC and Sony."
And what, if anything, are these companies doing about it? At least Apple have acknowledged the concerns and are apparently taking some action. Progress is certainly slower than one would like, but it seems unfair to target Apple exclusively.
Doesn't identifying the destination MAC address imply that at some point you are also recording the requested url and/or IP address?
That's also the only way I can make sense of Irvine's comment about a phone directory ... if a phone directory contained just a list of phone numbers, it would be pretty useless. However, a phone directory that contains a list of names, linked to the relevant phone number ...
It appears that this document is once again simply obfuscation to put people off the scent and disguise the actual intent.
"WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog"
What? The weather in Canberra is beautiful ... you're just jealous because it's pissing down in Sydney ...
And you are prepared to accept what Malcolm Turnbull is saying at face value?
For one thing, he is not the one who is driving this legislation - that appears to be coming from the AG. If, as you point out, the information that the government wants and the process for obtaining it is already in place, then is there an urgent need for fresh legislation? and why is there a need for secrecy about the actual proposals?
Given that this government has some spectacular form in trying to keep its proposals and actions hidden from the public, how confident are you that the actual data retained will be no broader than Minister Turnbull is suggesting?
While stating that URLs and “destination IP addresses” are excluded from the data collection, the report in The Australian says providers will be required to collect information sufficient to “trace and identify the source of a communication and the device used".
Trace the source of the communication but not the destination? This just sounds to me like more obfuscation from a government that is desperate to keep its real proposals secret. I wonder if the final legislation will contain some provision that the actual definition of metadata will be by ministerial direction.
Am I overly cynical, or what?
"Transact demonstrates the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD factor) being spread by ignorant and greedy people that want the taxpayer to give them everything and won't pay for anything themselves."
Conveniently forgetting here that, while TransACT is now privately owned, its genesis relied heavily on the support of a Territory-owned corporation for its viability. People have such short memories ....
You must work in local government too
Indeed yes, I do. And sometimes, 10 years can be a short timeframe.
But in this case, it isn't ten years - Dieter Reiter was elected mayor of Munich in March 2014.
Possibly the significant comment is the one about it taking several weeks to set up the Mayor's smartphone to receive email.
That sort of embarrassment in front of the big boss tends to lead very rapidly to change, regardless of any other factors.
“The solution is designed to extend seamlessly out into the public cloud, allowing businesses and citizens accessing government services to be incorporated into the solution,”
Sounds a lot like some hyperbole written by a marketing executive. It's a big state, with a lot of people and what works in Sydney may not work that well in, say, Bogan Gate.
And a Windows VM could ... ?
... resurrect the Office Assistant "it looks like you are about to crash. Would you like me to operate the airbags? [OK] [Cancel]"
A couple of thoughts here ...
This system would rely on pretty much universal adoption in order to work effectively (and somehow would have to be retrofitted to older vehicles), so the cost of this is going to be quite significant. And, if it slows the development and introduction of self-driving technology, the benefits may be questionable - whereas autonomous vehicles with self-driving features could be introduced gradually.
In addition, although multi-vehicle accidents are common, most accidents are either single-vehicle or involve pedestrians/cyclists (Australian Bureau of Stats figures here), in which circumstances the technology would likely not be very effective.
Still, if it works and can be effectively implemented, who am I to criticise?
So, when your office calls and the picture of your boss appears, apparently 1.8 metres in front of you, will you:
a) slam on the brakes; or
b) attempt to run him down.
Answers on a postcard please ...
Try Jakarta. The only city I know where a taxi driver needs to stop 3 times in a 10k trip to ask for directions. Anything harder than "airport to Jl MH Thamrin" is probably going to be a challenge.
How about the geographical location of the Government's core principles?
Oh, wait, no we need that ... as you were ...
Neil, I'm sure it was a great article, but I'm afraid I couldn't read past the sub-heading.
Oh, and while you're at it ----->
"Colvin said at least one high-profile case, the murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher, was solved because the perpetrator's carrier is one of a handful that does store metadata."
I'm afraid this comment just makes me angry. It's a blatant and misleading attempt to use the death of an unfortunate young woman to garner public sympathy for his hidden agenda.
The perpetrator was out on parole, after a series of sex offences, and had committed a violent crime while on parole. There was also cctv footage showing him in the area talking to the victim on the night of her disappearance. It was completely standard piece of police work that didn't actually need any metadata to solve. Certainly, retaining it for two years wasn't relevant, because the suspect was picked up inside a few days.
The worrying thing is, that they are really not idiots ... I believe they do in fact know what they are doing, but know that they couldn't sell their real plans to the electorate.