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Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 311

As a NSW resident, the 3D printing aspect is just one part. There has been some reporting of backyard manufacture of firearms, usually machine pistols. This legislation, doesn't just prohibit 3D printing blueprints, but also specifically prohibits blueprints for electronic milling machines as well (CNC mills).

This isn't going to change anything much at all. They didn't ban manufacture of firearms through these methods, the people who can legally manufacture firearms, are exempt from these restrictions. What is dangerous about it is that it's basically banning knowledge, to some extent. Will they ban drug recipes? What about chemistry books if they have instructions that can aid drug manufacture? The possibilties are endless, and that's where the US first amendment is such a powerful right, which few other nations have granted to their respective serfs.

Comment Re:Dropbox .... (Score 1) 311

Actually the legislation covers that very scenario, basically defining 'being in possession' across jurisdictions. Bottom line is, there was some media talk about 3D printed firearms, the police tried some out and put out videos of them blowing up, but after the sydney siege late last year, they couldn't let a crisis go to waste, so put out this legislation. It's just politicians trying to look like as if they're doing something, but in reality, are powerless to do anything.

To answer your question though, yes, anything can be banned here, we have almost no protected rights, so anything can be given, or taken, at the whim of parliament.

Comment Re:Unconcerned with this level of scrutiny? (Score 1) 85

Trust me they won't get any less distraction now without Abbott, and it's because the media is running the narrative of public discourse, and the media is filled to the brim with ideologues. They're too busy spreading their doctrine on their holy trinity of refugees, gay marriage and climate change.

I just look at their coverage, when they do, of tech things, and on topics that I'm knowledgeable about, the Australian media is invariably hopelessly wrong.

Comment Re:Tracking only the stupid people (Score 1) 85

I know what I said is a simplification, but it's true in the context of the real world, and not the idealised parliamentary procedure. Take voting for the greens, they're a fringe party that struggles beyond 10%, they're popularity is also amongst the wealthiest inner city class, whilst deeply unpopular among the poorest classes in Australia. Now, we don't operate strictly in a two party system, but in practice we do. Technically speaking, when our parliaments were first formed, there wasn't a concept of a political party. It was meant to be that each member operated on their own. This was unworkable, as no one could agree to anything, starting parties alleviated this and really did allow political progress. Technically speaking, the constitution still doesn't recognise or allow for political parties. It probably explains why we're having such political turmoil with so many state and federal leaders shuffled along, because there's too many competing interests going on, and no actual vision from our leaders, rather focus group driven policy.

I am extremely dissatisfied with the erosion of personal liberties in Australia. I definitely won't be voting for Labor, Coalition, nor the greens, because they all have the same authoritarian streak in them. The problem is, most people do vote within the two party system, so that's why with preferential voting system, at some point you do have to choose where your vote goes, and pick the lesser of multiple evils. The only choice I have is to either vote informal, or decide where my election funds go with my vote (your upper and lower house votes are worth >$5 in election funds so always pick your most preferred candidate first).

Comment Re:Unconcerned with this level of scrutiny? (Score 1) 85

You're so obviously biased. Now that Abbott is gone, do you realise that the mastermind behind this policy is in charge! After all Turnbull was communications minister up until a month ago, this is his policy!

I've mentioned in a previous post though, the issue got bipartisan support, so the public have no say on this. Then the anti-Abbott campaign run by the ABC and fairfax really just shows how the news cycle was dominated by ideologues out for revenge. Meanwhile, important news, I end up reading about on websites generally for a US audience (this isn't the first time, it seems to be a recurring trend actually). Go figure, our media sucks, its just trying to brainwash, as it's definitely not trying to inform.

Comment Re:Tracking only the stupid people (Score 3) 85

This isn't even for monitoring. It's so that they have data to sift through after the fact, in other words, if you come to the attention of the police. Maybe at a later date they'll start to automate thingsand go through the metadata as it comes in, but at this stage, it's just requiring ISP's to store it for an extended period of time.

Bottom line is, there's bipartisan support in parliament, so the public literally have no say on the issue.

Comment Has anyone considered that... (Score 1) 95

Reading through the comments, many read like as if the commenter thinks that google doesn't know that their ads, scripts and trackers are not the best. I'm quite sure google knows that ads are making the internet, in general, a less than ideal experience. That's why a lot of people are using an adblocker. The thing is, has anyone considered that google may want to speed things up so that they can get away with loading up all these crap scripts, trackers and ads? After all, the less people notice that these things are taking place, the less likely they are blocking them, well that's my conjecture anyway.

Comment Re:Article by Apple?? (Score 0) 90

I wouldn't say that they're great. Great would mean people queue up outside stores days in advance to get one. These products aren't that great. They may be good products, but I don't think very many people will go out and ditch their existing tech to replace it with MS's offerings. However, with that said, their surface line appears to finally be making some momentum.

Comment Re:Haven't Windows Phone users learned by now? (Score 1) 90

I'm a windows phone user, and I can admit that it's dead. W10M is DOA, and it's quite sad, as having come to WP from android, it was great to use at the start, while missing a lot of features which were added in WP8.1, the best aspects of the OS got dumped. It's quite clear that the OS is on life support, they'll try with W10M, but it will go nowhere, it won't get the market share it needs for critical mass. What MS will do with it, I can't predict, but they bought a phone business, so I guess they'll keep on going with it.

Comment I think I'll pass... (Score 1) 423

If this becomes the norm, I think I'll find the last decent car which doesn't have any of this data mining crap masquerading as an infotainment system, buy a few of them, and rotate among them as cars, hopefully to last until I can't drive anymore. It's good to see that Porsche didn't get suckered in, but seriously, this is getting ridiculous with the amount of data they want to know.

As for the connected car, well, I think the concept of a car has worked reasonably well for the last 100 years, maybe people can make apps for cars or something which is google's excuse for the data, but seriously, this 'innovation' is the google equivalent of razor blades; add more blades. I can't see much of an advantage just throwing 'smarts' into everything.

Comment Re:Saw it last night in 3D (Score 1) 242

What about when the hab airlock blows open, and then he seals it up with plastic and duct tape... While my calculations suggest that it's doable (if it's a 2m diameter opening, it would have a 30kg load over its area, if 2.5m diameter, then 47kg load all equally on its area) , with the violent weather depicted in the film, it would easily perforate, and I really doubt that airlock would have blown apart like it was shown. So, I can't say whether it's impossible or not, but definitely marginal.

Comment Re:Nerdgasm (Score 1) 242

My question is; is going to mars really a challenge?

Reason I'm asking this is because it's my opinion that when compared to the moon landing, where many challenges had to be overcome and a lot of learning had to take place, I'm of the opinion that the real challenge in a mars mission would be getting the money, whereas the difficulty of the science and engineering wouldn't be that immense.

Comment Re:alternative browsers, Opera? (Score 1) 113

I use opera, as it's my least hated browser. When I ditched FF due to Australis, the newest version of Opera was missing quite a few features. Still annoyed at the bookmarks handling, it's not good at all, can't export them to a file (for easy backups). Also, a few right click commands were missing, however I can't remember what they were now, I think it was opening a link in a new tab, but looks like it's there now.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer