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Comment: Re:The terrorist won. (Score 2) 187

When it comes it airport security, pretty much.

There's $AU630M in extra funding to security agencies, some of which will be spent on the latest high-tech toys at airports. Australia doesn't currently do finger-printing or eye scanning but expect that to be standard for any flights bound for the USA.

Obama, or rather his 3-letter agencies, will be keen to insure "terrorists" never get on a flight to US airspace, which involves sympathetic nations rolling out new protocols and technologies in each departure terminal.

Comment: Re:Is it that much of a problem? (Score 1) 241

by ChunderDownunder (#48016477) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

A minute or two, actually.

Tap previous grounds into a knock-box, rinse portafilter, grind beans, tamp them down, draw espresso shots, steam milk, style a love heart in the froth.

That's just for a caffe latte. The slow pour-over filter coffee nerds rave about is an art form that takes a while...

Comment: Re:Uh seriously? (Score 2) 71

If they'd stuck with the original formula that contained traces of cocaine, of course...

In South American regions coca is available over the counter in dry leaf form (for mastication during highland walks) and in tea bags, obviously at lower concentrations than the white powder rich folks snort.

Comment: Re:Dual Typing? (Score 1) 165

by ChunderDownunder (#47990063) Attached to: Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

Type inferred languages often allow you to sidestep type inference by explicitly declaring the types using a semicolon following the declaration.

Microsoft's TypeScript follows that convention when augmenting ecmascript, e.g.

function add(left: number, right: number): number {
        return left + right;
}

Comment: Re:Compiled Strongly-typed Languages -vs- Scripts (Score 1) 165

by ChunderDownunder (#47989967) Attached to: Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

(I believe he was referring to Haskell.)

Java's boilerplate isn't a great advertisement for static typing. For a more modern perspective running on a virtual machine, F# and Scala provide OO semantics atop a Hindley-Milner-Damas inspired type inference but with perhaps too much esoteric functionalness for the average mortal!

One wonders if RoR would have existed if someone had managed to craft a killer web framework on, say, Ocaml a decade ago.

Comment: Re:They need to get their shit together (Score 1) 169

by ChunderDownunder (#47981391) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

The current federal government panders to polluting industries and skeptics, particularly to luddite senior citizens. A 20% renewable target nationwide is ahead of schedule, which prompted lobbyists to commision a report favouring a roll-back because it would hurt big business.

We have a bypartisan 5% emissions reduction by 2020. Yes, 5%, which is a joke of a target if they were actually serious.

Comment: Re:Works particularly well in SA/Victoria (Score 1) 169

by ChunderDownunder (#47981365) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

Thanks, South Aussies!

I'd hate that this importation would be an excuse for Napthine (or whoever's runing the place post November) to sit on their hands and do nothing. The Coalition government in Victoria slashed climate action in response to Gillard's carbon tax at the federal level.

I would hope both sides launch policies during the state election campaign as a response to Abbott and Palmer repealing the legislation, since Direct Action is dead.

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