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Comment: Re:Australia does a simple job here (Score 1) 768 768

The 2 major differences between the Australian and the US system is that in Australia if you don't earn above a certain threshold you don't have to pay it back and that the interest rate is limited to the level of inflation. We don't have the same kinds or problems with student loans as the US because there is no money to be made.

Comment: Re:Send route from computer to phone? (Score 1) 121 121

Have a look at OpenSatNav: http://opensatnav.org/
It's an open source version of AndNav2 with worldwide routing and POI search based on OpenStreetMap. It's probably best to check out the nightly builds as a lot of bugs have been fixed but haven't made it into a release yet.

Comment: Re:So, where are ARM netbooks? (Score 1) 285 285

Unfortunately, it's still very beta. They're shipping out a bracket that will stop it falling over due to being top heavy. It blows my mind to think how this got through testing! The software isn't very good and I wish they would just ship it with Ubuntu instead of trying to roll their own.

Comment: Low tech solution? (Score 3, Interesting) 345 345

What I don't get is why people haven't started sneaking in cameras and taking the pictures themselves. The rentacops there can't make you delete the photos, and I'm sure that legally they can only ask you to leave. I think you could take lots of photos before they even noticed. After a while I'm sure we'd get all 3000 images!
Censorship

Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship 635 635

GigsVT writes "Editors on Wikipedia are engaged in an epic battle over a few piece of paper smeared with ink. The 10 inkblot images that form the classic Rorschach test have fallen into the public domain, and so including them on Wikipedia would seem to be a simple choice. However, some editors have cited the American Psychological Association's statement that exposure of the images to the public is an unethical act, since prior exposure to the images could render them ineffective as a psychological test. Is the censorship of material appropriate, when the public exposure to that material may render it useless?"
Internet Explorer

YouTube Phasing Out Support For IE6 481 481

Oracle Goddess sends word that YouTube is presenting IE6 users with a banner exhorting them to upgrade to a modern browser, and TechCrunch is reporting that YouTube will be phasing out support for IE6 soon. This Twitter search reflects the jubilation breaking out all over the Net at the imminent demise of this most despised and non-standards-compliant browser. The market share for IE6 is now well down in the single digits.

Comment: OpenStreetMap (Score 2, Interesting) 208 208

The first thing we need is free map data. All current maps have very tight legal terms, which makes this kind of thing impossible. Check out http://www.openstreetmap.org/, there might already be decent maps where you live. For navigation you can use TangoGPS but there are other programs available too.

Comment: Works for me (Score 1) 361 361

Using the Android Dev Phone in Australia, the program appears on the Market and I can use it fine. Even if you are on T-Mobile, all you have to do is go to the developer's site: http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/ and install the apk file. The app only works if you already have root access, so installing the app manually shouldn't be a issue!
Networking

+ - Dreamhost down nearly 24 hours, thousands affected

dgtlmoon writes: "Following a planned power outage that went for an unplanned amount of time due to some burnt out cables discovered during the maintainence dreamhost.com hosted websites are down, some estimates are between 100,000 and 250,000 domains are affected, further-more when the power came back on they found a bunch of core routers to be dead and are having difficulty resuming normal operations, this is issue is just about to tick over to 24 hours open."
Google

+ - Youtube Claims DMCA Covers Public Events

simon writes: "Does the DMCA prevent you from recording public events? Apparently so, as one West Australian Citizen Journalist find out last week when YouTube removed his public recordings of the Red Bull Air Race at the request of IMG Media. From the article:

...it raises a much larger issue with respect to copyright. Are IMG Media, the people that organize the Red Bull Air Race, suggesting that they own the copyright to all free public displays of the Red Bull Air Race? What type of precedent would that set?
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