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Comment: Generational succession (Score 0) 12

Here I sit, holding my Zune HD. Featuring the first tegra chip amongst other innovations. First consumer tech device with an OLED display, and the prototype software for the Windows Phone 7 & 8 OS. I didn't think the platform would get this far. Pity the software went nowhere, windows phone seems horrible. Tegra seems great!

Comment: Re:Obsession (Score 1) 154

by Marquis231 (#48477245) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

Personally I believe the government funded search efforts are less than altruistic. This first occurred to me as I was standing in a park in Perth one night high on LSD when a massive Lockheed AP-3C Orion flew overhead at low altitude. I recognized the craft immediately though I'd never seen one in person, a truly massive american behemoth.

That experience, compounded by news in the local papers that a Chinese destroyer had joined our own Australian naval vessels off shore to assist in the search cemented in my mind that the search for MH370 was really just pretence; an excuse for regional governments in the southern hemisphere to conduct wargames. The amount of fuel alone consumed in the search thus far is astronomically uneconomical, it makes no sense to me otherwise.

+ - Australian Senator Brands New Laws "A fascist ****fest of Orwellian proportions"

Submitted by Marquis231
Marquis231 writes: Following recent revelations many are still struggling to make sense of the United States and Global surveillance landscape. Despite the growing controversy the Australian federal government is now fast-tracking new anti-terror laws including a 2 year mandatory data-retention scheme ahead of the TPP agreements and G20 global economics summit. West-Australian Senator Scott Ludlam has commented on the technical aspects of the new laws calling the proposed changes "A fascist ****fest of Orwellian proportions".

Comment: Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (Score 1) 212

by Marquis231 (#47994421) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance
I'm also in Northbridge and I actually submitted this story to /. Some other guy has just resubmitted my submission with his name on it, was my first ever submission to /. When I first saw the story in SMH my jaw dropped...I am so disappointed. What is happening to the best place on Earth?

+ - Australian Senate Fast Track New Anti-Terror Laws

Submitted by Marquis231
Marquis231 writes: Reported in Sydney's best known publication the Sydney Morning Herald senators in Australian parliament confirmed "Controversial anti-terrorism laws expected to pass in the Senate as early as this week will give spy agency ASIO the power to monitor the entire internet." Australian Lawyers Association president Greg Barns said the new laws would allow ASIO to conduct surveillance on "anyone, any time, anywhere. There are few, if any, limits now." Senator Brandis told the senate "There is no arbitrary or artificial limit on the number of devices."

This means that the entire Australian internet could be monitored by just one warrant if ASIO wanted to do so, according to experts and digital rights advocates including the Australian Lawyers Alliance, journalist union the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and Electronic Frontiers Australia. The new anti-terror laws also cover the media, jail-time for those who "recklessly" disclose intelligence information. Under the new laws journalists, bloggers or officials could be jailed for 10 years if caught disclosing restricted material.

+ - Australian Senate Introduces Laws to Allow Total Internet Surveillance->

Submitted by Marquis231
Marquis231 writes: New laws due to be passed in Australia allow intelligence agency ASIO to spy on domestic internet traffic like never before. The Sydney Morning Herald writes that "Spy agency ASIO will be given the power to monitor the entire Australian internet and journalists' ability to write about national security will be curtailed when new legislation – expected to pass in the Senate as early as Wednesday – becomes law".
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Comment: Impressive (Score 1) 42

by Marquis231 (#47454405) Attached to: AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test
I'm always so impressed when AMD manages to compete against Nvidia while AMD is only one tenth the size, they have far less resources to invest back into R&D and yet every generation they show up to the ring with a worthy entry ready for another fight. Both my GPU and CPU are AMD make, I love supporting the underdog.

Comment: Rediculous (Score 1) 292

by Marquis231 (#46721721) Attached to: Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

I'd like to quote the opening introduction to a book by Richard Feynman I've just started reading called 'There's plenty of room left at the bottom" that seems relevant;

"I imagine experimental physicists must often look with envy at men like Kamerlingh Onnes, who discovered a field like low temperature physics, which seems to be bottomless and in which one can go down and down. Such a man is then a leader and has some temporary monopoly in a scientific adventure. Percy Bridgeman, in designing a way to obtain higher temperatures, opened up another new field and was able to move into it and to lead us all along. The development of ever higher vacuum was a continuing development of the same kind. I would like to describe a field, in which little has been done, but in which an enormous amount can be done in principle. This field is not quite the same as others in that it will not tell us much of the fundamental physics (in the sense of, "What are the strange particles?") but it is more like a solid-state physics in the sense that it might tell us much of great interest about the strange phenomena that occur in complex situations. Furthermore, a point that is more important is that it would have enormous number of technical applications. What I want to talk about is the problem of manipulating and controlling things on a small scale."

Nanotechnology! The very notion that we're running out of Science to do is utterly ridiculous. Due to the nature of scientific revolutions involving paradigm shifts in understanding there are no doubt many 'easy' things still left to discover that have been hiding right under our noses all along and all it takes is another Einstein coming along to shake things up.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure