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Comment Re:Jesus Christ (Score 1) 224

I can't imagine what it would have taken to leave a girlfriend like his. Geeks just don't get girls like that... EVER!
At first I was unconvinced of the effectiveness of what he did because he didn't really tell us anything we didn't already strongly suspect (or know) but the dialogue created has successfully provoked public awareness far beyond my expectations. It's reasonably clear that Snowden *could* gain a lot from this - but he definitely hasn't even tried. Anyway, as far as I am concerned he deserves some book deals and lecture tours.

Comment Did any of your read TFS? (Score 1) 408

I swear, read the fucking summary before commenting! Changing OS is not an option, changing platform (and therefore "the way the computer is used") is not an option, abandoning MS Office is not an option and OP is not asking for recommendations on an Internet Security package.

(Also, NoScript is really problematic for "normal people", so stop recommending it. AdBlock takes away most nasty things anyway)

Comment Pumping more efficient than desalination? (Score 2) 273

At the moment Australia is looking at desalination to support the growing population and as a backup for when floods and droughts cause problems with our existing dams. Desalination tends to take up a lot of energy so you have to wonder if pumping this fresh water is a better solution. We already run some large pipelines so what's a few more?

Comment Make Stuff Happen (Score 1) 207

This is no secret... And yet it's not really done enough. At Griffith University a language called MaSH is used to lower the bar and allow people to actually make stuff happen, while still being a good introduction to *real* coding (it's a subset of Java and a few specialised APIs). Simple text processing, simple graphics, simple robotic control.

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