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Comment: Re: Accidental bugs? (Score 2) 211

by lazybeam (#48917977) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

There are too many stupid people in the world. Stupidity isn't necessarily a permanent thing: it could be caused by time constraints, personal problems or even lack of/too much caffeine. Or just because one doesn't think of the problem from start to finish.

But then this could be what "they" want you to believe :)

Comment: Re:People don't complain when they are happy (Score 2) 613

by lazybeam (#48290829) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

I have the option of working 7-3 or 10-6 (or anything in between). More businesses need this flexibility! It would also lessen the peaks in traffic. It would also nullify any benefit of DST.

I used to work a 15 minute walk from the beach. I would have an early morning swim before work in summer. :)

Comment: Re: 3G is terrible for all these things (Score 1) 118

by lazybeam (#48017531) Attached to: World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

Exactly. Telstra (Australia's largest mobile carrier, and operator of one of the largest networks (by area covered) in the world) has already signalled the end of 2G. Their 3G network has a far larger coverage than their 2G: Optus 2G covers a greater area than Telstra 2G (Optus 3G still has about a million square kilometres to catch up to Telstra 3G though).

Comment: Re: If you've got good signal, digital is better, (Score 1) 192

by lazybeam (#45589275) Attached to: Final Days For Australia's Analog TV

In Australia the move to digital has meant they could consolidate channel frequencies. Previously we had channels 2, 7, 9, 10, 28 and 31. Now all broadcast happens in the frequencies of channels 6-12. I'm in Brisbane which has been digital only for a while. This means one can get a smaller antenna with better gain as it only listens on a narrower range.

My parents used to receive one station on channel 0 and the rest in UHF. Digital has moved all stations to the same 6 channel UHF block, so they can now take down the old VHF antenna completely.

Comment: Re:Daylight Saving Time (Score 1) 545

by lazybeam (#45314645) Attached to: A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

Australians call it summer time too. Which means AEST is both "Australian Eastern Standard Time" and "Australian Eastern Summer Time" which is really confusing. (Slightly confusing also to the Americans because we are going into summer now; the southern states have just switched to summer time). I'm in Queensland and have scheduled interstate online meetings in "AEST" which means people showing up an hour early or late... Now we make sure we say "Brisbane time" or even "+1000" vs "+1100".

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. -- Donald Knuth

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