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Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 57

by OzPeter (#47916501) Attached to: NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

There are a lot of Muslims in Australia, and it makes sense to keep an eye on them as a lot of them support terrorism

That seems like an obvious trolling comment, but sadly I'm not sure.

You just need to look at the Rise up Australia party for that. (Run by the same person as the "Catch the fire" ministries in Melbourne)

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 2) 398

by OzPeter (#47907985) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

I would sue them for defamation, if I were one of their Tor-using customer.

It's a grave offence to imply someone is engaged in criminal activity, without actually having evidence of such activity.

And in what public venue did they announce this scurrilous rumor?
And what are the actual damages that you suffered from said announcement (and being butthurt is not a valid damage)
And assuming that you can satisfy the above, how much $$ do you have upfront to pay for a lawyer to take on your defamation case?

You may get the EFF interested, but I don't think that the case would even go anywhere unless there was actual damages involved.

Comment: Re:Requirements ? (Score 2) 129

by OzPeter (#47904717) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Switching to 64 bit builds means that they will have to drop OSX 10.6, right? It's about time this one is left behind!

No, 64 bit builds run on 10.6 just fine. You may be confused here: 10.7 requires a 64 bit processor. So if you don't support 10.6, then supporting 32 bit is pointless - anything running 10.7 upwards supports 64 bit.

But there is also the corner case of machines like I have with a 64 bit capable CPU but only 32 bit EFI for which I am endlessly trapped on Lion (10.7). Which probably doesn't count in this case, but is always a source of endless bitching for me.

Comment: Re:Non story (Score 2) 201

by OzPeter (#47903223) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Company tries two things, chooses the one that is better. News at 11.

Nope ..

News at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AND 11 .. plus at 6AM, 7AM and 9AM there's a recap of the previous days related rumors and stories.

And I say this typing on a MacBook with an iMac to my right, my iPad downstairs, my Nano in my gym bag and my iPod touch in a drawer.

Comment: Re:Bank customer records (Score 1) 151

by OzPeter (#47891893) Attached to: To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Does anyone know which financial institutions have their data protected against a Carrington Event-sized CME hitting the earth? I'd hate to lose all my money because my bank's customer records were destroyed.

A certain right wing talk show host in the US recently made a big fuss about he has bought an "EMP-proof" car. I guess that this means either pure diesel or spark plugs and points IC engine (he never did elaborate on what model it was) . However he made no reference to stockpiling fuel for the vehicle so I am apt to wonder what will happen in his post EMP world when everything else electronic around him will have died.

Comment: Re:Suercaps (Score 1) 149

by OzPeter (#47889721) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Supercaps aren't even really out of the early lab stage, their commercialization curve is at least a decade out.

Given that super caps are currently being used in F1 racing (Tackling KERS in Formula One) I'd say that they are a little more advanced than "early lab stage". Although 10 years from F1 to commercial does seem reasonable.

+ - Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain->

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Diggester (2492316) writes "DON'T mind the gap. A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.

The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she'd had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn't walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6."

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+ - UK Ham Radio Reg Plans to Drop 15min Callsign Interval And Allow Encryption->

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product_bucket (3503967) writes "A consultation [] published by the UK Radio Regulator Ofcom seeks views on its plan to remove the mandatory 15 minute callsign identifier interval for amateur radio licensees. The regulator also intends to permit the use of encryption by a single volunteer emergency communications organisation.
  The consultation is open until 20th October, and views are sought by interested parties."

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+ - We Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Information wants to be free? During the Second World War, it actually was. Publishers took advantage of new printing technologies to sell crates of cheap, paperback books to the military for just six cents a copy, at a time when almost all the other books they printed cost more than two dollars. The army and the navy shipped them to soldiers and sailors around the world, giving away nearly 123 million books for free. Many publishers feared the program would destroy their industry, by flooding the market with free books and destroying the willingness of consumers to pay for content. Instead, it fueled a postwar publishing boom, as millions of GIs got hooked on good books, and proved willing to pay for more. It's a freemium model, more than 70 years ago."
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Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by OzPeter (#47884593) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

If you are at a normal intersection (not a roundabout), and you cross the intersection, have you 'changed lanes'? Any sane person would say no.

I was equating a roundabout to turning right, not crossing an intersection.

Regardless what you call them a roundabout have multiple lanes of traffic. I have driven on roundabouts in the UK that are a good 1/4 mile in diameter with significant distances between on/off ramps. Do you consider that those roundabouts do not have a left and right lane?

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by OzPeter (#47884465) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

No, they are not the same at all, and your insistance that they are says to me you don't know how to use a roundabout.

The only thing you have right is that curved or straight does not matter.

On a freeway, your major direction of travel is ALWAYS parallel with the travel lanes, even when getting ready to exit. In a roundabout, it is not. You do not 'change lanes' in a roundabout, even temporarily. You cross lanes.

When you change lanes on a freeway you are driving at an angle to the direction of travel - albeit very small.

When you cross lanes in a roundabout you are driving at an angle to the direction of travel - but at a much larger angle than in the freeway case.

In both case you are driving at an angle to the direction of travel. The topology is the same .. only the size of the angle differs.

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