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Comment: BBC and AP (Score 1, Offtopic) 194

by nighty5 (#35518110) Attached to: NYTimes Unveils Online Subscription Plan
While I'm paying for BBC news in London via the TV license, I won't miss the Murdoch machine that much. I do read the NYT once a day, but if they put up a paywall then I won't bother - there is simply enough news to go around. Murdoch put a paywall up on the London Times last year, which I stopped reading daily. Their readership plummeted. Obviously the London Times was a test bed with a large audience, you from what I've read, NYT will do everything they do not to make that same mistake. Time will tell if they have struck a fair enough balance between free and paid-for material.

Comment: Re:The opposite??? (Score 1) 417

by nighty5 (#35332948) Attached to: Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion

a great deal of these 'vulnerabilities' in OS X are from open source software projects which release the advisories.

i guess you haven't seen any security updates from Ubuntu/Redhat or any other UNIX, before have you?

when you release a UNIX distro with a ton of software using many different packages, frameworks and programmers with varying levels of appetite for security completeness, you are going to run into a myriad of issues.

MS also have their issues, but you can't compare apples with oranges.

Comment: NBN waste of money (Score 0, Troll) 100

by nighty5 (#34356954) Attached to: Australian Telstra Monopoly Dead
Our politicians have just blown a cool $43 billion (in some sources over $58 billion depending which paper you read) of our money on a network that will most likely be obsolete in years to come.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/billions-to-be-spent-on-dubious-benefits/story-e6frg6zo-1225961705602

Not only that, but it benefits for city folk are heavily debated, while the country folk will reap much of the rewards. I don't have a problem with country folk, but I do have a problem with us subsidizing their life choices by living remote from services offered in heavily populated cities. Hell, I'd love to move out to the countryside, and have all the services offered in a city location.

I lived in Sydney for 35 years before recently moving to London for contract work, and the last 6 years of that I had a 20 MB pipe, without the need for Telstra - the peddlers of an over the top expensive product.

The govt all the long wanted Telstra to stump up for NBN and when the pollies rubbished their proposal, it seemed like the smaller operators had a chance to collectively provide services at an equal rate.

Anyway guys, the NBN may come to your door, but in order to use it you'll have to shell out up to $450 and $750, and up to $3,000 to get a connection. Good luck with that.

These public-private consortiums are ruining our country, hiding our debt and placing the burden on the citizens to stump up extra for services that should spearheaded by govt - if they deem them so important.

Comment: Think of it another way..... (Score 2, Insightful) 727

by nighty5 (#31466060) Attached to: Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Invest in yourself that money to start hearing. It wil help you get a job easier and may improve your relationship your wife due to clearer comunication although it's not clear if that's a problem :) Back in 1982 I spent about $US5,000 on at the time a top of the line non PC computer for the work I was involved in. To put that into perspective my house which I bought around the time cost about $US28,000.

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