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Comment: Re:Phone Luddites & Careers (Score 1) 851

by ozzee (#38467718) Attached to: Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

I got my first mobile phone in 1999. It was because the job required it. The very first day I had the phone, my car broke down and I the phone was a rather very convenient device.

I was a phone luddite. I didn't want to be strung to the rest of the world by the hip. Dude, you can turn the phone off any time. I don't have to use it.

Now, 11 years on. I have a Galaxy Nexus, I run My Tracks almost every day, I browse web sites, take photos and videos, do navigation and occasionally make a phone call.

I get to do what I want to do better. Sweet!

Comment: Re:Google letting me down (Score 1) 385

by ozzee (#37089190) Attached to: Bing More Effective Than Google?

I've noticed lately that google isn't nearly as sharp at finding the results I want. If I search for terms 'x', 'y', and 'z', google will sometimes give me a page with terms 'x' and 'y' but not 'z'. 'z' is on pages that link to the results, but google doesn't tell me this. If there are no pages with 'x', 'y', and 'z' on them then so be it, but don't give me pages that I don't want.

rant over.

You can "fix" this. You can type +x +y +z and it will only give results that contain all of x, y and z. There are a few other "operators" you can use.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Not so) (Score 1) 279

by ozzee (#36581078) Attached to: UK Hacker Ryan Cleary Has Asperger's Syndrome, Court Told
My son has Asperger's too. I think you need to read up alot more on the kinds of issues that surround persons with AS. There are a huge number of journal articles you should get familiar with to make sure you keep your son out of trouble. Asperger’s Syndrome in Forensic Settings Is just one of many. A recent one by Ian Freckelton and David List, Asperger’s Disorder, Criminal Responsibility and Criminal Culpability gives a very good summary on the issues an AS sufferer has with the Criminal Justice System.

If you truly care about your son, you will take the time to get informed as the CJS can screw with an AS sufferer in ways that will make you sick.

Comment: Managers playing engineers caused challenger (Score 1) 236

by ozzee (#35038570) Attached to: Challenger 25 Years Later

... But I think I'm a bit wiser today, having maybe learned that the bleeding edge is sometimes literal.

I'm not exactly sure what you think you maybe learned but both shuttle disasters were caused by management overriding engineers and making engineering decisions.

It's not uncommon that managers in stressful situations somehow loose faith in engineers and make their own engineering decisions. All too often this happens, perhaps the consequences are often not dire but it regularly causes major issues. There is an endless list of them. Google for "challenger bhopal engineering management" and you will find endless discussions on them. Needless to say the report on the Challenger disaster points its finger directly at the management - alas it did little to remedy the situation having another shuttle disaster happen only a few years later again with management not listening to engineers and overriding their recommendations.

Comment: Re:OMG save the children (Score 0) 541

by ozzee (#34854840) Attached to: Autism-Vax Doc Scandal Was Pharma Business Scam

... Easily worth the trade off. ...

The question is not whether vaccination should be abolished, the question is whether the vaccination regime should be changed to avoid complications.

Perhaps we can introduce a vaccination regime where we gradually vaccinate for one disease at at time rather than the cocktail done now.

Perhaps we can wait to vaccinate until signs of autism should be apparent.

There also seems to be newer tools for diagnosing autism, perhaps we can study these before and after vaccinations.

I'd like to know if these types of alternatives have been considered rather than this black/white vaccinate/not rant.

Comment: Re:Microsoft and Google (Score 3, Informative) 99

by ozzee (#34043768) Attached to: FTC Ends Probe of Google StreetView Privacy Breach
You are flaming, right? Let me give you the benefit of the doubt. Let's compare the two.
  • Google fesses up to it's mistake, Microsoft fights. If it was not for Google owning up to the error, no-one would have known, while Microsoft tried hard to keep quiet comments like "Knife the Baby".
  • Google made no financial advantage from this while Microsoft made a whole business by killing competitors using it's monopoly advantage.
  • Google did not intend to breach privacy laws, Microsoft knew and were warned on previous occasions that they were to stop the practice.
  • It's not really clear that Google really breached the law, the information they collected was in the clear, i.e. if you go yelling you account numbers and passwords from the rooftops and someone with taking a family video records inadvertently, I suggest that it's hard to prove that the cameraman is at fault. Microsoft was found guilty and convicted of its crime.

... just to point out a few, I can go on if you like.

I think it's important to compare like cases if you don't want to be marked a troll.

Comment: Not the first time to happen in Australia (Score 2, Interesting) 227

by ozzee (#33571898) Attached to: Criminals Steal House Thanks To Hacked Email
The laws in Australia are ridiculously thin when it comes to dealing with this kind of theft. I dare say that the agent is a tad bit liable for selling the mans house and may want to invoke their liability insurance.

Real estate agents in Australia are a cowboys compared to the agents I dealt with in the US and yes, I have experience with both.

The Courts

Lineage II Addiction Lawsuit Makes It Past the EULA 267

Posted by Soulskill
from the four-little-letters dept.
We recently discussed a man who sued NCsoft for making Lineage II "too addictive" after he spent 20,000 hours over five years playing it. Now, several readers have pointed out that the lawsuit has progressed past its first major hurdle: the EULA. Quoting: "NC Interactive has responded the way most software companies and online services have for more than a decade: it argued that the claims are barred by its end-user license agreement, which in this case capped the company's liability to the amount Smallwood paid in fees over six months prior to his filing his complaint (or thereabouts). One portion of the EULA specifically stated that lawsuits could only be brought in Texas state court in Travis County, where NC Interactive is located. ... But the judge in this case, US District Judge Alan C. Kay, noted that both Texas and Hawaii law bar contract provisions that waive in advance the ability to make gross-negligence claims. He also declined to dismiss Smallwood's claims for negligence, defamation, and negligent infliction of emotional distress."

Comment: Re:Ok so they might have a case against google (Score 1) 341

by ozzee (#33334922) Attached to: The Case For Oracle

Actually, from what I've heard, this is pretty standard in patent infringement cases. They may not be shooting for it, but they'll use it as a bargaining position.

That's only copyright cases, not patent cases. Patents are free to be read and researched and in fact it is encouraged. That's the basis of patent law, to promote innovation. Copyright on the other hand is for limiting the right to copy and hence extends to the demand to destroy existing copies. The remedy in patents is usually to prevent from using or selling infringing product.

Comment: runs on Google App Engine (Score 2, Interesting) 224

by ozzee (#30104180) Attached to: URL Shorteners Get Some Backup
I've been using running on Google App Engine. I think it will be around for a while as it custs nothing except registration fees to run atm.

The source code is available on

You can "log in" with your gmail account so one day you can edit your short links.

Anyhow, it's a simple app for now but if there is interest in a "community" OSS project, we can add cool features like, make personalized forms of the app (urls like or even your own domain (which you can do now with a Google Apps account), optimize it for mobile phones, validate access to URL's etc etc. If you're interested, let me know.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.