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Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 1) 238

by ozmanjusri (#48218477) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Somewhat true, but really as another Australian it's obvious that our country is being increasing run by the USA

I think it would be truer to say that both the USA and Australia are being run by the same plutocrats. They're aggressively expanding their oligarchy worldwide, with collusion from most of the governments they interact with, including our own exceptionally sycophantic pack.

Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 1) 238

by ozmanjusri (#48218091) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

You mean like how we in the US can see that China and Australia indoctrinate just as much, albeit differently?

Sort of, though someone actually living in the US won't have much visibility of the reality of Australian or Chinese life. It's more valid to say someone from the US visiting or living in Australia or China would have that insight.

Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 4, Interesting) 238

by ozmanjusri (#48217341) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

You acting superior because you're from somewhere else is equivalent to an American acting superior because he's an American.

It's not about acting superior, it's about being able to see the system with clarity.

People who work within a system for their whole lives adapt themselves to it, and either find workarounds for aspects that restrict them or learn to conform to the restrictions. If they don't, they don't thrive or sometimes even survive. Someone coming from outside, from a culture with different (though sometimes overlapping restrictions) will feel those constraints more strongly, as they haven't adapted so closely to them.

So for an Australian (like me or Assange), or a Chinese (like Taco), the American socio-political constraints are clearer, and the flaws more glaring, not because we're better, but because we've grown up outside them.

TLDR: Sometimes it's easier to see things from the outside.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 3, Interesting) 422

by ozmanjusri (#48184183) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

It's far more likely it's the caffeine, but they aren't being specific enough. If it was just sugar, then pretty much everything would be doing it and I wouldn't see how they could possibly have a control group.

Not so likely, given caffeine is widely available in other beverages that don't have the same affect.

Most likely is the phosphoric/carbolic acid content.

The most popular cola available is highly acidic with a pH of about 2.5 (which is why it needs so much sugar to taste good). Healthy digestive systems can buffer the acid so that blood acidosis doesn't occur, but they mobilize calcium phosphate from bones and teeth to do so. Several studies have already shown links between telomere shortening and blood calcium levels, so while there's no smoking gun, there's a known mechanism for the result.

Comment: Re:Obama Admin! (Score 5, Insightful) 284

by ozmanjusri (#48165989) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Why not "Obama Admin Continues Its Campaign Against Encryption"?

Because they really don't care about the type of encryption Apple and Google are providing. They can get your (meta)data in so many other ways it's irrelevant.

This faux outrage from the FBI stooge has nothing to do with any perceived difficulty in spying on citizens, it's about harm-management for the corporations that've been negatively affected by spying revelations. Nothing but smoke, mirrors, red herrings and misdirection all the way down.

Don't believe a word of it, they've shown repeatedly they're self-serving and untrustworthy. Question everything they say and do, and ALWAYS look for the money trail.

Comment: Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (Score 2) 237

by ozmanjusri (#48146075) Attached to: Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Storing solar power is an issue in niche applications, and it is an issue in a future fantasy world where 100% of our power is solar.

Very true, and not even a real issue in a 100% renewable scenario. The entire state of South Australia ran on 100% renewable power for a full working day for the first time last week. The bulk of that was wind generation, with rooftop solar adding a significant contribution.

There have been several instances in recent months when wind energy has accounted for all, or nearly all, electricity demand in South Australia. Last Tuesday, however, set a new benchmark – the combination of wind energy and rooftop solar provided more than 100 per cent of the state’s electricity needs, for a whole working day between 9.30am and 6pm. There were several periods in South Australia from Saturday September 27, and over the following days, when wind generation was greater than total state NEM demand.

In reality, renewables contributed well over 100 per cent because they were generating and consuming their own electricity from rooftop solar – the state has 550MW of rooftop solar, with nearly one in four houses with rooftop modules.

That meant that “true” demand by consumers on that day, i.e. the amount of electricity being used by consumers, including rooftop solar, was in fact considerably higher than NEM demand — up to 20 per cent according to the Australian Photovoltaic Institute — because of the contribution of rooftop PV to total electricity supply.

Comment: Re:And yet IBM soldiers on... (Score 1) 156

by ozmanjusri (#48053329) Attached to: End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

Yet that makes what happened even more strange. A long touted advantage of RISC was that because of its simplicity it could be clocked so much faster than CISC that doing less per instruction would still be faster net throughput. Yet what happened was that CISC (in the hands of Intel) could and did do and even outdo all the optimizations of RISC, including clock speed.

As you say, the key advantage of RISC is simplicity and speed, but the tradeoff is software needs to be more complex to work around the simplified instruction set. Intel recognised the risk of RISC to their business early, particularly noting that there would be once-off cost to develop the microcode that would enable the switch to RISC, after which their x86 advantage would be lost.

Cleverly, instead of trying to fight the RISC upstarts, Intel chose to develop the microcode themselves and enable it in hardware. They first implemented the decoder in their P6 architecture, which had the raw x86 instruction set on the surface (lots of complex instructions), but under the hood, it's all RISC with the decoder replacing those complex instructions with series of simpler instructions.

So a x86 CPU works by having a quick and heavy-duty decoder in the frontend, which takes x86 instructions and converts them to an optimized internal format for the backend to process.

What Intel has done is to settle on a fixed, stable CISC instruction format for the frontend, and a decoupled RISC backend they can tweak and modify to their heart's content without fear of losing compatibility. It's not quite the perfect solution, but with today's huge, complex CPU's, the decoder is a relatively small part of the silicon.

Comment: Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (Score 4, Interesting) 212

by ozmanjusri (#47991277) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance
This is part of a long term global effort by deranged moguls like Rupert Murdoch. Take the quote below:

The Murdoch tabloids’ trademark sensationalist coverage of crime, and accompanying campaigns for draconian law-and-order politics such as harsher sentences and more police powers, has always been in the framework of self-righteous claims to be the voice of victims.

Another trademark of the Murdoch media globally is Islamophobia. From Fox news’ hysterical reaction to President Barack Obama’s Arabic middle name, to the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s current anti-Burka campaign, the Murdoch media has consistently vilified Muslims in the name of protecting Western society from terrorism.

In Australia, not only has Murdoch used his media to campaign for anti-terror laws but, in several cases after such laws have been introduced, authorities used the Murdoch media during prosecutions to spread allegations against defendants in terrorism trials. Such allegations cannot be refuted in open court, or spoken about by the accused, because of secrecy provisions in the anti-terror laws.

It reads like it was written yesterday, but in fact it's a story from 2011, during a previous successful push to whittle away more civil liberties, not just in Australia, but worldwide.

Until us ordinary people can recognise the war being waged against us by the Murdochs of the world, and discover the courage and weapons to fight them, we will continue to lose those few liberties we have remaining.

Comment: Re:Please make this thing useful for development (Score 4, Interesting) 101

by ozmanjusri (#47952737) Attached to: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

It is not designed for mouse so the result is a complete user frustration.

1. I've used Android apps with an external mouse on my Asus transformer, and found the experience reasonably sensible.
2. Don't forget the "nearly every platform" comment from TFA. Apps aren't currently designed for use with a mouse, but it doesn't have to stay that way. The Android app format is coming close to being the fabled "universal binary", finally giving developers the long-promised write once, run anywhere ability.
3. In light of 2. above, it isn't too hard to imagine a future UI toolkit that can sensibly switch between touch and pointer modes.

Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 3, Informative) 334

Does Chrome OS even support dial-up?

It could, with an ethernet dial-up modem.

Having said that, I think the best solution would be Debian with Eldy installed, and a few scripts for parent-specific needs (like a revert-to-default/familiar setting) linked to big, clear buttons.

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 2) 352

by ozmanjusri (#47886091) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

I don't doubt you,

I doubt everyone, so I checked.

OP and the other posters are wrong. The stone is not granite, it's sandstone, and was chosen for it's color and consistency, not it's wear capabilities.

Now it’s revealed that the process of creating the stone floor tiles and large wall slabs falls to the Il Casone quarry, formed in 1962 by four stonemason families with generations of experience in creating subtle beauty from rough rock. The company’s quarry is north of Florence in the small town of Firenzuola, in the heart of a geologic region of sandstone called Pietra Serena. The blue-gray color of the stone, its texture and tone all contribute to the overall look of the finished Apple store.

Pause for storage relocation.