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Comment: Re:Not the government's fault. (Score 1) 211

by sg_oneill (#47991235) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

People get the government they deserve. Hey Canada, you guys still taking Aussies immigrants? I gotta get out of here. Because ... you know, ... terrorists and stuff.

Normally I'd advocate going to New Zealand, which is sort of australias version of canada.Younger, more progressive and with the benefit of hindsight from watching its hillbilly neighbor.

Buuuuuut no, the kiwis just voted their conservatives back in too, so we're screwed.

The antipodes are the meth laboratory of democracy.

Comment: Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by sg_oneill (#47991221) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

One berk with a knife takes some swipes at a pair of police officers and twenty years of work by civil liberties activists are done because the tories are shouting and stamping their feet that we are under some sort of attack from eeeeevil terrorists.

I'm sorry, I live in northbridge, inner-city perth. The place is a stabbing range at the best of time. I bet people are stabbing at cops every other day.

Oh no, I'm terrified of brown people, here you go officer , have my rights, I'm too scared to use them!!!!!!


Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by sg_oneill (#47990413) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Same cable companies (I'm looking at YOU foxtel) that convinced the incoming australian conservative government to cancell the national fibre optic broadband network half way thru construction because it'd compete with cable TV.

These people are seriously harmful to democracy.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 2) 115

by sg_oneill (#47980439) Attached to: Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

Chernobyl is *mostly* safe but there are still, and will remain still, some residual effects.

To be honest, the stupid war with russia is probably more dangerous to the folks of that region right now however.

On the other hand fear of Chernobyl radiation may well be keeping soldiers out, making it paradoxically one of the safer areas in the region.

Comment: Re: Read Slashdot (Score 2) 471

by sg_oneill (#47980125) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Nobody spends 10+ years as a researcher to become a cable guy. What a PhD confers is not just "Hey this guy is a specialist in this tiny obscure field", but "This guy is a researcher and has the stones to stick with it".

My advice is simple, work in research. Don't send your resumes to dime a dozen web coder or networking shops or whatever. Get them out to microsoft , google and the big research shops (Is Xerox parc still a thing?) And of course , to ALL the universities. Find more research. Now that you've done the PhD , the tedium of PhD work is over. You can focus on what you where born to do, research the cutting edge, get grants and publish publish , publish.

Comment: "FPGA" chemistry on a chip=Star trek replicator (Score 1) 26

by sg_oneill (#47971101) Attached to: Assembling a Micro-scale Biochemistry Lab Like Snapping LEGOs Together

"Make this drug on a chip" is kind of awesome, but the next step is the "FPGA" equivilent where novel compounds can be downloaded to it and have it assemble them from base compounds up. What might be implausible industrially due to having too many steps becomes plausible on the very small scale. From here we have the ability to have standard chemical inputs generate any given chemical output and we're on the way to 3D printers that can print almost anything. Thinking futuristically here, but thats your first step to a genuine star trek replicator without having to resort to imaginary quantum woo

Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 0) 334

Beware the Doom floppies you found "left behind" at school. GET U PWND LLAMA!

There used to be a series of commands you could send to a C64 to get the motor to do some fairly unnatural moves(such as slam down the write head and then eject, if I remember rightly. Its been a *long* time).

We used to leave "game" floppies around the classroom (This was back in the 80s) and then wait for the high pitch whine , and if we where lucky , even a whiff of blue smoke.

Kids are little terrorists, and I wasn't much better lol.

Comment: Docs have long suspected as much. (Score 2, Interesting) 222

by sg_oneill (#47914627) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

One of the problems of Psychiatry is that because the brain has been bit of a black box to us for so long (We can see the input, we can see the output, but the gears and cogs inside remain a bit of a mystery) disorder classification has been mostly about symptomology rather than causes, most of the time. Docs have long suspected that "schizophrenia" was a collection of disorders with similar-ish results. This finding appears to confirm it.

See also: ADHD and Autism.

Comment: Re: Then I guess you could say... (Score 4, Informative) 222

by sg_oneill (#47914609) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

*rimshot*. I do realise your just making a joke, however it is worth noting that multiple personalities is not considered part of the schizophrenia spectrum, but rather part of the disasociative disorders spectrum. Its a ketamine disease rather than an Acid disease, to make a metaphor.

Comment: Re:Let's look at the data (Score -1) 59

by sg_oneill (#47887067) Attached to: Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened

The new inhalers that don't use CFCs are 10x the cost... $30 to $80 an inhaler, up from $5 to $10. There might not be new hospitalizations from people using the new inhalers, but there may be more deaths from people not buying the inhaler they need.

..... or $0 if you live in a country with a healthcare system thats evolved past the 1800s "fuck the poor" model.

Seriously speaking though, I just googled the price of a Ventolin puffer in the US. $23!!!! What the hell america? Thats over half an hour pay for most people!

Comment: Re:football can cause brain damage (Score 3, Insightful) 405

Speak for yourself. If its someone elses kit, I really couldn't give a damn. Whatever works for yo.

Some folks love their surfaces. Some folks love their droids, and I kinda like my iPad. And we're all right, they are all the best device for whoever has it and thinks its right for them.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson