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Comment: Re:Won't affect the majority of customers (Score 1) 274

by IanBal (#47540839) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE
It's the tip of the iceberg, the thin wedge that allows them to start down this customer hostile road. Soon that 5% will be 6, then 8, then 10, then 25, then ??? Verizon seems unable to fulfill their contractual requirements to customers, so they have sold something they don't have. I hope the throttled customers sue!

Comment: Re:Dissappointed (Score 1) 291

by IanBal (#47490227) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
As an Australian, I am delighted with the decision of the Government. The carbon taxes are nothing more than a means for beating the drum of how much the "environmentally friendly" country has reduced it's emissions through the moving of high emission productions to poorer countries with few or no environmental protection laws or enforcement then importing those products with transport emissions which don't count to the emission output of the rich country. How should that help the global environment? As for joe average installing alternative energy technologies in his house, the law dictates that every new house and every bought house must have a solar hot water system installed. The excessively cost of electricity in Australia is not justifiable, so joe average has no choice if he wants to keep his costs tolerable.

Comment: Re:Sunshine is the Cure (Score 1) 163

by IanBal (#47332907) Attached to: I suffer from jet lag ...
Changing to daylight saving is the worst type of jet lag for me, I suffer normally for two-three weeks of tiredness and sleep disturbances with this pointless change. I fly between Europe to Australia occasionally and have no problems at all, my body seems to "feel" the difference and adjust. Leave the clocks alone this Autumn.

Comment: Re:Need more information (Score 2) 497

by IanBal (#45527869) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?
Similar idea, get your number converted to a very expensive toll number and keep them on the phone for as long as possible. For as long as they don't work out what they are paying for, you make lots of money at their expense. Get yourself a secret mobile number that you give only to your friends.

Comment: Re:At what speed? (Score 1) 722

by IanBal (#45253525) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You
The article says that human drivers "accelerated and braked significantly more sharply" than when the google computer drove. So they took someone who needs to get to the next red light as soon as possible rather than a calm and patient driver. The results can be easily manipulated, and most probably have been.

Comment: Re:side effect (Score 2, Interesting) 261

by IanBal (#32924556) Attached to: First 'Malaria-Proof' Mosquito Created

Recent studies in Germany (if I remember correctly) have shown that GM crops alter the ground in which they are planted. They harm the organisms in the soil quite badly and significantly and irrepairably alter the microbiological balance in the soil. The long term fertility of the soil is also harmed.

So maybe your gentech produces a short term gain. The long term, which we are yet to see, promises to be quite ugly. In the meantime, the corporate execs have their money and have run away.

If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG. -- Phil Lapsley