* Posts by Denarius

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Beware Paris Hilton's investment advice, SEC tells investors

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This is

sad. I need to get a life. Commenting on Paris Hilton again.

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In keeping with Merkin politics

Robert, do you mean have a look at the butt on my mole ( Look up Oz slang if not Orrstralian)

I'll get my coat

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Its a bit late but

We will always have Paris in Spring (Antipodes anyway) My coats the one with Film Loathers Guide in pocket...

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Brandis' infrastructure security bill off to committee

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Re: so this is one of a series of gummints that

Paul, precisely why my kite flying suggestions reduces the power of parties and the chattering classes by slowing the news cycle a bit and reducing the power of administrative control by backroom dealers. Abolishing parties simply drives them underground and gives the illusion of being victims of suppression.

I agree left/right divide is meaningless as are terms conservative and progressive. All they do is allow heated indignation. As for getting involved, this requires voters to care. Of that I see little evidence. Most voters in most countries IMHO, like outsourcing their minds to preferred media mumbler. So what way forward is workable ? An informed skepticism and keeping ones MP admonished with defendable data every time the BS takes flight. Any other ideas that do not involve violence or another poisonous Utopia? Will the collapse of the current House of Cards that is world economics have some influence ?

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Re: so this is one of a series of gummints that

too complex. How about

All advertising must pass ACCC advertising truth rules, especially political, pressure, religious (including the various materialist cults) and charity groups.

All political and pressure group funding must only come from local citizens who are humans. No businesses, associations, trusts etc.

A return to the rules about misleading parliament used 30 years ago or enforcing them again.

All political advertising limited to two pages of WC3 approved static HTML, which may only be updated weekly.

On election to any level of government, all successful candidates must resign from all advisory bodies, parties, pressure groups, boards etc. Only allowable income is their parliament pay.

Any minister overriding technically competent advice does so on their own head. ie no protection and complete liability for resultant loss of public monies. Finance must have a few bored economic rationalist bean counters left who would love this task.

All legislation to have a plain language statement of goals, costs and method of measuring effectiveness over 5 and 10 years and expected consequences no longer than A4 page using medium font. Exploration of concept of all legislation being reassessed biannually to determine if it is working as required. Consider all legislation having a 5 year sunset clause.

I was thinking a vow of poverty might be a good idea but that would stop the middle classes trying.

I have no idea what Brandflakes or his PHB minders think this list is going to achieve other than more mindless meaningless paperwork that will create a great honeypot as the learned scribe put it. A cynic might suggests that the PHBs will also have no way to verify the accuracy of submitted documents so perhaps the utility companies have some options

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so this is one of a series of gummints that

wants to sell the NBN to anyone, encourages states to sell off their assets to anyone, gave away its own IT to merkin companies, encourages use of foreign owned cloud with the feeble excuse the bit barn is in Oz, flogged off intellectual property loaded quangos for a song which promptly went up in value 10 times, sold its bank off to allow the others to do as they please and now its pretending having Oz owned by foreigners might be a problem. Question: why do they care or is this another way if finding out if there is anything left to flog to highest lowest bidder ?

Do I detect the lawyers usual PHB inspired belief that anything technical must be easy ?

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NSW TAFE's IT FAIL was so bad, 100 staff were hired to clean up

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peculiar

they keep cutting courses or outsourcing them to reduce costs the government but have money for another big bang stuffup. Needless to say the student cost rocket as with all outsourcing.

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'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

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Re: Why not ban planes?

Aside from the masochists who love flying into Bali volcano eruption clouds, we like it that way.

Lethal wildlife may be our best defence once the military have been downsized to pay for the the F35 which is coming real soon now.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: Code does not deteriorate

Ian, true, but 40 years in a vacuum is not a gentle environment. That the hardware worked, valves opened and closed properly suggests really tested and well built hardware that only we of many years can remember. The hardware makers get my upvote. Bit rot might be a fiction but hardware degradation is all too familiar.

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Re: how much gold, platinum ... present in asteroids is still completely unknown

Scroticus Canis, precisely the reason Mercury might be a good place to prospect if energy to change orbits was cheap enough. It seems to have lost its crust and maybe mantle due to the energy of impacts. NASA did well with Messenger.

On another suggestion, NASA have chosen an apparently metallic asteroid which may be a core remnant for a mission. Current energy technology makes space mining hopelessly uneconomic for the foreseeable future unless fusion reactors can use He3. Then it might be worth mining the Moon for helium, not metals.

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We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

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Re: Uber...

so whats unexpected ? For years Merkin outsourcers PHB class decided what reality was and ordered the coalface peasants to believe. Uber is just another example on a more public scale of the unreality embraced by the 1% for about 2 decades.

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Win 10 creators update offers new reality opportunity

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Re: "This article was supported by: Asus"

I saw Asus before clicking. Win10 update provided nothing useful and nearly bricked my Asus laptop. Had to remove battery, unplug and hit power button and leave for 5 minutes to get laptop to work again. Another marriage of inconvenience. Never had that experience with Linux, Solaris or BSDs. The irony

Only run Win 10 incase some PHB insists I use software that wont run under Wine. I note many Oz government sites now dont seem to like Linux and insist of Fluash and require not blocking of multiple sites owned by noted invaders of privacy.

Only use I can see for augmented reality is headset VR for inattentive drivers who get visual alarms and loud audio when they are in wrong lane, too fast, across white/yellow lines etc. Maybe block FB, texting and phone calls by default.

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Re: OK, so which part do I register?

>> but it's hard to see a manned aircraft wanting to get that close to an 800ft cliff.

Judging from YouTube, some parts of the pom coast have frequent low level flights by gliders along coastal cliffs riding the incoming wind. My own club has already had some clod park by side of road and send his RC device across landing strip just as plane was on finals. Telephoto lenses can be useful both ways so the fuzz can investigate

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: Not sure about Office?

and there was I thinking the post was a mere troll I mean writing A Windows clone GUI in pascal when LXDE, Xfce and other desktop GUIs exist.

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Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

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Re: Corporate vs Government

"I'm with the government telco and I'm here to help you" is one of the most often repeated lies.

FTFY

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nbn™ to ISPs: share your speeds or we'll share 'em for you

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Oz TV

AC oh so true. Cant even watch local news mostly. El Jazirah (sp) on SBS is about all that left. ABC and SBS used to be OK but ABC has become monomaniacal about Merkins and their fumblings and SBS just faded. Has stupidity disease become an epidemic ?

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FTTP or FTTN ?

Try suffering with satellite. One gets at best 30% of claimed download speed late at night with the wind in ENE, moon in first quarter and so on. Allowances are generally 10% of physical landline of any kind at similar price It still beats Swamp over 3G. The other Oz claimants to title of telco have so little coverage they don't count. Claims of 4G speeds outside major centers or living under local telco mast are works of fiction.

What is it with so many companies demanding "login accounts" now for anything, including service and warranties. Even governments wont let bills be paid by simple online transactions. One needs an "account" to login to. I am beginning to think the ruling glove puppets are fronts for semi-organised crime from the ways crime is assisted by these practices.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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behind the Times ?

In Oz there are many speed cameras which flag unlicenced vehicles, as do all police cars. Regular event is someone getting pulled over for unregistered vehicle. However, most vehicle mechanics now put rego due dates on same windscreen sticker reminder of next service due

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Sport truck! 0-60 in 5 seconds

In Oz these are a yeah right item outside of cities.

SA to WA 2000 km of SFA, especially grid for recharging even if the roads are mostly straight and flat.

Down the Hume between Sydney and Melbourne they might make it. Pity Victoria will be cold and dark as they switch off the coal fired power stations...

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Re: been on drugs since the mid-90's

Jake, define values for large. Mass spreading of delusions goes back a long way. Electronics has just sped up the speed of lies. Lets see, have a browse of Suetonius for myths about Jewish worship. Josephus has some horror stories about group beliefs held against reason and rational self interest. Later various authors record assorted mad monks thru post Roman Mediteranean areas followed by witchhunt madness and insane beliefs in experts and kings. All of these were about gaining power, mostly by creating a "problem", generating fear or worse, snobbery about secret knowledge, then offering a "fix" for the self generated problem while avoiding real problems. The 19th and 20th centuries only seem different because mechanisation has allowed damaged areas to be larger.

In short, old process but due the loss of history in the common cultural consciousness, old tricks by the power hungry can get used as if they are new.

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Now the last 50 years

make sense. For fake news it is scarily realistic satire. The intellectual suicide of the remnants of the West is really clear when amanfrommars[n] makes more sense than political and economic news. A beer to the author.

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: "There's about a bajillion cockatoos in Australia."

eating our local birds ? John, there is a local saying about that. To cook a parrot, drop a rock and parrot into a pot of water. Boil until rock is soft, eat it and throw bird away. In the NT the local story was wrapping cockatoo in foil or mud and baking in hot coals for two hours would do. Never tried it as barra were available.

Oz wildlife, deadly and tough in both sense of the word. PS first brown snake of summer around yesterday. Regrettably, much of our local wild bird populations are reducing, except sulfur crested cokatoos. Many juvenile magpies are hit by 4WDs at speed on narrow lanes locally.

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: Vocabulary

indeed. I briefly thought that poms had the same problem in summer as the denizens of Oz. Disposing of the flying insects from bug zappers, fly paper, swept off floor after mass spraying or low level air pollution devices had done their thing.

Same issue with council and greenie idiots here. Love putting up costs while feeling virtuously superior. The ratepayers pay rates and still get hit with disposal costs of household rubbish. This in a society where a kitchen chainsaw is needed to unpack some veges and minor purchases.

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

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Re: The cynicism is much strong here :)

Nope. GBS quote: The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

This is bitter experience generating rational skepticism. Cynicism would be funnier.

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Re: I totally love those solutions

indeed. For bigger corps (or is that now corpse ?) wasn't SAP going to automate all the backend processes and cut staff, costs and speed business ? And that worked how well ?

Yah, now SMBs can have the same experience.

On the more cynical side, I have heard so many security horror stories where the PHB class are the reason so many miscreants have an easy entry to an organisation. The spooks are going to love this. And the Russians, Chinese, Brits and even the Merkin TLAs. Deckchair, check. Popcorn, check. Double shot latte, check. Now for the show

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Hewlett-Packard history lost to Santa Rosa fires

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In keeping with creeping western ignorance

corporate history can now be rewritten as required to show how brave ingenious accountants created HP...

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DXC: Hands up in customer support – who wants redundo?

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About time

for a cost of social services "Outsourcing Tax" on companies that export jobs.

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Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux

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time to buy shares in high grade memory fab then

turn on deduplication and watch the RAM get sucked away. Not that I dislike ZFS, one just has to ensure adequate resources are on hardware.. Given how RAM prices are good from 10 years ago it is not physically improbable but I agree with my esteemed commentard above. The lawyers will make it poisonous to do. Back to the BSD migrations off Linux then...

Query, whats happening to Reiser FS these days ? It did seem better for OLT with lots of small frequent transactions.

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Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

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isnt Spade the suite indicating death

in some card activities ? But then, a shovel is what is used when throwing excreta around. Fans are so yesterday.

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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

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haven't we been here before ?

Ah yes, COBOL meant the PHB class and users write their own code, then SQL meant management could directly query business data followed by the great white hopes of VB and Delphi. At least the last two were not seen or sold AFAIK as anyone can code business solutions.

Now we have a cultural elite and PHB class that despise technical knowledge and experience in the real messy world. This explains why wasting education time on coding instead of history, pure logic, maths and written communications has become an obsession with advisors.

Andrew also touched on the biggest flaw in all of the machine learning lego style work. Who _knows_ what flaws the libraries contain that may cause ML and AI fails ? Was there a recent ElReg article on a comparison of two parallel coding libraries that gave different results ? Lastly, hardware vs software speeds; spot on. I remember 486DX with 16 Mb RAM and Win95C or early RedHat running faster than the 8 core 8Gb machine running the Abomination or Debian I use at moment doing the same tasks. If software gets much slower SteamPunks building Babbage Machines will be doing spaceflight calculations better.

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

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I do not get this unless

So one is communicating with another person. So why would you need assistance ? Why not just hang up or not contact at all ? Unless M$ have come up with a great way to automate time wasting responses to scammers and those cold call center callers. Imagine, an automated 419 scammers Olympics !

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Re: Will they be selling conversation topics next?

I used to to think that "universe is a simulation" theories were stupid speculation. After this piece of "news" I suspect it might be true. A situation comedy universe simulation for a stupid civilisation. The one hope is the above commentards humour. The reality is that the inanities of unsocial media will just be automated

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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FNQLD

Actually the 19th century abandoned town south of Cape York tip would be ideal. Alternatively Albany Island just off east coast of said townsite. Lots of empty water to east where things may drop into deep water. There was a brief flurry of suggestions a decade or two ago that a site there could be leased to a joint project with Russians but friends do not let friends/lackies mix with those sort of people. </sarcasm>

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The bigger the drone, the bigger the impact

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airships versus drones

Situation: Areas remote from reliable roads and usually anything else

Energy efficiency hence range. , Airship: Good; Vertical axis rotor: Utterly crap ;STOL aircraft of any kind: Pretty good and faster than airship ; Helicopter : Pretty good and faster than airship, needs less landing area

Safety: Airship filled with helium: excellent; vertical axis Drone; maybe if big enough to carry ADSB transponder ; STOL fixed wing : good ; Helicopter ; Good

Cost: Airship: so few hard to guess ; Drone: cheap but low capacity ; STOL: Affordable if long life ; Helicopter: expensive to acquire, maintain and operate

Summary: Automated STOL or robotic helicopter in extreme cases. Drones: Are you insane ? Time to get an updated Caribou or four. Perhaps a variation on Honda Jet optimized for STOL strips rather than regional airstrips.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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What about Gill the ARM ?

given its background of an intrusive manipulative State that was the brainchild of a Protector ? Somewhat prescient.

I admired the way JP and LN pulled together a web of story strands into the Known Space series that lead to the RingWorld series. The Future History stories were an interesting digression.

He will be missed. There is so little hard SF now. Most books I can find are dreary swords and sorcery/psi nonsense. Even the Martian and Enders Game altho good do not have the depth and cast of characters let alone an imaginative story line that wends a long way into the future.

Vale Jerry

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Paris Hilton inflates crypto bubble some more, backs Initial Coin Offering

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history

Southern hemisphere: check

Remember, we will always have Paris

My coats the one with 50 Worst Movies of All Time in pocket

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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repeating it gain

See Reflections on Trusting Trust Proceedings of ACM. Also explains why the Chinese were correct in their assumptions that western hardware was intrinsically insecure and created their own silicon.

However it is known that their consumer phones also have interesting additions if run inside the Middle kingdom. Such as full remote control

Now where was that 486 motherboard ?

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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

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Re: A simple scientific question

Petrea, probably because, as you expect, it was seen as low status, boring and not as important as wearing a suit. Mind you, being able to code well in hex/machine code was always impressive to me. One could also point out much of the wiring done in the Apollo space craft was done by women because they handled the monotony better than males and were more meticulous as a result. ( quoting something I read in Scientific Merkin decades ago) We should all remember Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. The essential question still remains, why was she one of the few exceptions ?

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Re: Talking about role models

Good female role model. Hmm,

Spelling probably wrong, but two spring to mind. Last Dowager Empress of China, Cixxii and Liz Mk1. Liz Mk1 was very economic rationalist so maybe not such a good example. The female pharoh maybe but insufficient information on her performance as a manager available. Any Egyptologists among us ?

As for current businesses, Yeah, um, um. However I have noted over the decades that many husbands and wives have very successful businesses as a team where wife is effective manager, husband more the blue collar skilled worker. Is much of this discussion a reflection on the a reflection on the obscene individualism rampant in western cultures, especially MerkinLand ?

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Re: Old Fashioned values

Be nice if you included the biggest group in the ruins of the West that have been scrapped. Older males specifically. The mostly female HR types really like to employ people like them, young and mostly shallow IMHO.

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Re: The responses speak volumes

Uh Warm, the article is about mandating change to what may be an arbitrary "balance" by brute bureaucracy and censorship. What has your comment got to do with article or comments then ? I also suggest even comments are from mostly white males then this supports male preferences toward things like computers.

Aside from that, the only females I knew working in system admining were hostile to special treatment. Incidently, same attitude was expressed in some of Oz gummints departments specialising in assisting racial minorities. The staff wanted to be selected on competence alone. BTW, perhaps anecdotal evidence is more popular than usual is because no-one trusts experts any more.

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@Ken: There is evidence

Citation absent in memory, Probably from New Scientist or BBC so apply preferred salt levels. Article suggested that the brain cell "pruning" that takes place during adolescence does reduce decision making competence as you hypothesize. Consequences assessment goes from bad to crap for 5 years or more. I do note from personal experience that tribal societies _increase_ rules and restrictions on their children approaching and during adolescence which anecdotally supports this theory.

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Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

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Re: It took three years

plausible. C Northtcote-Parkinson had the same experience in WW2 leading to Parkinsons Law.

OTGH, this being an Oz bank, skepticism is reasonable.

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

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Re: and modernizing software development processes. "

<sarc> are you sure that javascript and java are now being substituted because developers are cheaper. Explains delays and bugs in F35, why not GPS ? After all if its technical and not managerial it must be easy, right ? </sarc>

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nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing

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rest assured

that as soon as enough backbone gets built to an area, the download any and everything mob will ensure service returns to the usual slow levels. Or the local ISPs will sign up way to many Netflicks subscribers. Bring back 7 bit ASCII !!

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

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have a horrible feeling

that a couple of open source media players already play flush files aside from gnash. For those who want to use those files of course. Now if the c****n* who insist on using Flush as part of their government associated sites could just be flushed down sewers also I would be slightly mollified.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Reminds me of

UWIN with its limitations. However it could share files as it wrote into the Windows file system. Pity it's vanished. Was nice to have a decent shell immediately availble when I wanted to code some data munging without transferring to a nearby RealOS box nearby. BTW, what happened to the MKS toolkit M$ borged a decade or two ago ?

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

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Re: Preemptive strike

>> Nobody has ever tested an EMP weapon. Nobody knows how, or even if, it would work.

Designed as such in an exo-atmospheric test, maybe. By accident done long ago in South Pacific. H Bomb blew burglar alarms in Hawaii in early 1960s or was it 1958 ?. Also caused auroras over southern hemisphere. Story goes that no-one knew at time that lithium in the lithium hydride broke down to tritium and made H bomb way more powerful than intended.

Personally, I would suggest NK exists to needle merkins for the Chinese and even the NK generals know that any attack on USA soil would result in new lovely round glass bottom lakes north of Seoul. One wonders what would happen if there was an organised mockery of the fat boy mk3 instead of breathless political punditory and panic. One also wonders how much NK economy can produce in missiles Building a series of prototypes is one thing, building 20 reliable ones to wave around is another..

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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WTF?

back when I were a lad

and a purchasing officer, Audit would have rightly criticized this waste of time as not value for money. For once the credit card replacement for petty cash was the right way to go. You Poms really have a public Service devoted to mocking the small business sector, don't you. Don't let the clever fools running the Oz PS into the ground know, they will want to copy it.

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Intel axes 140 IoTers in California, Ireland

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Re: Big surprise

Marketing Hack,

amazing, you are as cynical as I am about the relentless march backwards masquerading as improved technology

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