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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 125

by mjwx (#47943173) Attached to: Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Because some of us really don't care if some droid somewhere is poking around in the text massages in our droids.

Pretty much this.

If the law is interested in what I had for dinner last night, they dont really need to go through my text messages to get it.

Really important things I will not keep on my phone.

Comment: Re:monarch/aristocracy/corporations (Score 1) 190

by mjwx (#47941919) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

example: Canada is a monarchy ruled by the Queen of England, who has final say on all major government decisions.

You left out the important word "constitutional".

Canada is a constitutional monarchy that holds it's own parliament and elects its own leaders. The main power of Canada is in the Parliament of Canada. Not even the Prime Minister can rule by fiat. everything they do needs to pass through parliament, not sure about Canada but Australia has dismissed Prime Ministers before for trying to force their acts through. The Queen's representative in our respective nations, the Governor General (GG) does not hold any real power besides the power to dissolve parliament which can only be done under specific circumstances (such as a constitutional crisis, but more commonly because the ruling party has called an election and the first step is asking the GG to dissolve parliament). If Parliament is dissolved, the government goes into caretaker mode while we (as in "the people") go to the polls.

The first line from your link is:

"The monarchy of Canada is the core of both Canada's federalism and its Westminster-style parliamentary democracy,"

England has not been an absolute monarchy since the 1600's. Your information is wrong in so many ways.

Comment: Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 190

by mjwx (#47941857) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Sure they have a right to self governance, but with the country being so split, it's hard to make such a case.

The Scots are not ruled from Westminster, since 1997 they've had their own elected parliament making their own laws in Scotland apart from a few reserved laws. Even before then they weren't ruled from England, they were part of the union and got an equal say (as in a vote per person) same with the Welsh and Northern Ireland.

The Scots already have self governance, the vote is about leaving the union which is mainly an economic and military co-operation. The Union Flag is a combination of the Scottish flag (St Andrew's Cross, white diagonal lines), Irish flag (St Patrick's Cross, red diagonal lines) and the English flag (St George's Cross, red cross).

Comment: Re:Muslim claim *they* are the victims. (Score 1) 156

by mjwx (#47941637) Attached to: Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

Muslims are infuriated, claiming that they are the true victims. Muslims are very upset about the arrests, saying they were dishonored. Muslims are protesting, carrying signs that say "Raids Terrorize Woman and Children."

Muslim community apprehension after raids leads to 'snap protest'
> Wassim Doureihi, a prominent member of the group, told the crowd that the community was deeply upset by the raids.
> "What would be your reaction if your home was raided and your women dishonoured?" he said.

In this case, they'd be right.

They were targeted by a government that is extremely unpopular at the moment to serve as a distraction from the other problems Australia has like increasing unemployment and a worsening economy (all the things that the previous Labor govt kept ticking along). This couldn't look more staged if Joe Hockey came out and said, "we staged this". Unfortunately there is a large wave of xenophobia in Australia and the xenophobes and racists are the LNP's (Liberal/National Party) most core audience, Abbott is trying to capitalise on this to try and improve on his woeful disapproval.

No evidence was actually presented to the media (the government doesn't need to) and the desired affect is to sow more xenophobia and distract the people. They can expect a show trial at best but more likely they'll be released without charge (and the media will ignore this).

It's not the first time this government has used this kind of misdirection, Abbott declared a "terror emergency" on the same day that thousands of students protested against uni fee hikes and HECS reductions to prevent papers from reporting on the student protests.

With apologies to Martin Niemoller (and for the reducto ad hitlerium):
First they came for the Muslims...
With any luck, next election Australians will be coming for the LNP and put an end to their charade.

Comment: Re:I will guard my privacy (Score 1) 128

by mjwx (#47941601) Attached to: Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

And your car will someday refuse to boot without them.

And 5 minutes later it will be hacked to send false signals.

Car modding is the most prolific modding scene. Germany mandated limiters to 250 KPH decades ago, other countries have done similar but you still get cars flying down the deresticted parts of the autobahn at over 250 KPH. Limiters were easily removed or disabled, when the they started inspecting cars they made the modification so that the limiter can be easily connected to fool the tests and disconnected afterwards.

If police and insurance markets make collecting this data mandatory, a large grey market for false profiles will start.

Comment: Re:Look, over there! (Score 1) 156

by mjwx (#47941559) Attached to: Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

Of course the poor polls, the terrible budget, the scandals, the deaths in custody, the lies of the Abbott government have absolutely nothing to do with the Prime Sinister's current attempts to take us to war.

Nothing at all. Nope. Nu uh.

Oh look, a shiny!

Pretty much this.

Its classic misdirection to keep people distracted from the increasing unemployment, worsening economy, political infighting and other Abbott government failures. Seeing as shouting "boats, boats, boaty boat boat boat" stopped working a while ago they need a new plan to keep people from seeing the horror of the current government.

At least we only have two more years of this fool to go.

Comment: Re:In the future (Score 2) 128

by mjwx (#47941525) Attached to: Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

Chevy: Gary was tailgating with Larry and Moe. The cooler says they have consumed 3 cases of beer.

This Chevy sounds like an arsehole, good thing I drive a Nissan. Japanese cars dont question the boss.

Italian cars should become more popular, they know what will happen if they break the omerta... either that or you'll see a lot of ad's for "pre loved Fiat 500, only one shotgun hole".

Comment: Re:It's not really that bad (Score 1) 221

by mjwx (#47933589) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

I would also add that the 52% fatality rate is much better than the 90% rate that other outbreaks have sufferred, and it suggests that the heroic medical intervention that is underway is having a beneficial effect.

The 90% figure is for the Zaire strain of Ebola,

The current strain is new but believed related to the Uganda strain that has a 50% fatality rate.

However this is still bad, diseases that we consider bad like Yellow Fever have a 20% mortality rate that reduces to 3% if treated early. If you travel to a South America, you need proof of a Yellow Fever vaccine to get back into Australia without issue.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 386

by mjwx (#47933535) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Heck. At 12-years on a BMW, there are any number of wearbale parts that replacement may exceed car value (tires, brakes (you have to replace the rotors with the pads on a BMW), etc).

You might as well have written "I dont know anything about cars". It would have been quicker and faster.

A set of racing spec brake pads and rotors (Project Mu) for my 14 yr old Nissan S15 cost A$1000, that's racing spec (800 degrees C) for sustained track use. A set of povo spec rotors and pads from Supercheap Auto will cost in the vicinity of $300 and this is Australia, one of the most expensive countries in the world.

Also you dont have to replace the rotors with the pads (whoever fed you that line was probably making a mint from you). A set of rotors should last several sets of pads unless you're doing a lot of track days on stock rotors and heating them up until they crack.

Even a replacement gearbox should only cost $2000 ish for most cars.

Now for average cars like a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, these are dirt cheap to keep running and repair, not that they often need repairs. There is an abundance of aftermarket parts for them (and BMW's) so even if you blow a radiator, it's going to be $400-500 to replace, hoses and all and most of that would be labour. People try to kill Honda Civic's and fail.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 386

by mjwx (#47933495) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

"and it costs $15k-$45k to replace,"
what? People dn't buy a new car becasue it's cheaper then buying an engine. They use the failing engine as an excuse to buy a new car.

Beyond this, an engine swap isn't going to cost $45K unless you're a complete idiot and are trying to fit an Aston Martin V10 (Aston V10's can be had for $30K).

A B series swap into a Civic will cost $10K at Australian rates if you get someone else to do the work. Less than this if you're swapping in the same model of engine.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 386

by mjwx (#47933457) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

And neither does an internal combustion engine, either. Your point?

A ICE can be expected to outlast the car if it's from a decent manufacturer such as Toyota or Honda. You have 30-40 year old engines still running that have been repurposed into newer bodies (some from crappy manufacturers where engines failed like a GM or Ford, others into stock car frames and oversized go-karts). A battery is not expected to live for the lifetime of the car regardless. With a Honda Civic, the engine is going to outlast the rest of the car.

You're expected to need a battery replacement some time in the future, long before the things like engines, CV joints, drive trains, steering racks, door handles, electric mirrors, seat motors and so on fail. We know that Li-ion batteries degrade over time, your laptop battery in 3 years will not last as long as it does today so It's not unreasonable to want to know this cost in advance. With a prius or other hybrid, you can use that as a conventional fuel burning car after the battery fails, but not with a full EV.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 182

by mjwx (#47933315) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

Only if you ask a Republican.

Republicans freed the slaves.

And they've been going backwards ever since.

You cant rest on your laurels and talk about what happened 150 years ago (my descendants started freeing slaves in the 11th century, when the US was having it's civil war, they had the largest single fleet in the world dedicated to stopping the slave trade out of Africa, just for a bit of context). Its like Berlusconi claiming he is Caesar because Julius Caesar was Roman or Putin calling himself Peter the Great because he was also a Russian leader.

Comment: Re:Lament the DC10 (Score 1) 110

by mjwx (#47933197) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

While many plane enthusiasts lamented the exit of the DC-10 from passenger service, I did not.

That aircraft had an awful, awful 2-5-2 seat arrangement in economy. More often than not I ended up in the middle seat of that set of 5 and had to crawl over 2 people if I wanted to use the toilet in the middle of the night, and didn't get the compensation of a view out the window which at least makes up for it in aircraft with the 3-4-3 configuration). Inevitably, it would be a parent and a very noisy child occupying BOTH sides.

Good riddance, DC-10. You won't be missed.

A lot of B777's have the same configuration. The alternative used by a few airlines are 3-3-3. This is one of the reasons I prefer A330's over the B777, the A330 is usually in a 2-4-2 configuration unless you're flying a budget (or crappy) airline where they'll have 3-3-3.

Budget airlines are pushing for 10 on B787 and 11 abreast on the A380 lower deck.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?