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Comment Re:Nonsense poll options (Score 4, Informative) 301

Not necessary. Here are some other possibilities:
1 Part of the name is real and the rest is a pseudonym or incomplete - this seems to be quite common.
2 Uses only initials
3 Have multiple fb accounts with one with a real name and one with a pseudonym (eg one personal and one work)
4 Shares an account with their partner and/or relative

Comment Re:Finding the crowd (Score 1) 19

Two people turned up - we just had a bit of trouble finding each other. I wonder what happened to PuZZleDucK. Going by the turnout in this one and attendance in meet ups in other states, I guess the slashdot community in Australia is getting smaller.

By the way bscott, the SSID idea didn't work that well - probably due to limited range and/or interference inside the pub. Next time lets try either a big sign or waking around with the Vucan salute to see who responds.

Comment Re:Tentative (Score 1) 19

The place is fine - I think the issue is the day of the week - Saturdays tend to be bad for most people. If its any consolation, the only other Australian party is in Canberra and only the organiser (brindafella) has responded. Maybe we can video conference in brindafella to the Melbourne party if we need to boost numbers :)

As I said before, the last event five years ago was on a Tuesday and the turnout was pretty good. How about Tuesday 16/10 or Tuesday 23/10 from around 5:30pm at PJ O'Brien's?

Comment Tentative (Score 1) 19

Thanks for organising Cryacin. I have been meaning to put up an event myself but I travel a bit for work so there is a chance that I won't be in Melbourne and that is why I can't be a host.

One minor point - the 20 Oct is a Saturday, so it might e difficult for people to make. Also the pub might be crowded so it might be difficult to find each other and chat - plus geeks may not like crowds. I attended the 10 year anniversary in Melbourne a few years back and I think it was on a weekday (Tuesday?). Around 10 people showed by memory and more than a few of those attending were working in the city.

(and may I add - FP :)


Submission + - Is there life inside black holes? (

jamax writes: From TFA: "Inside the rotating or charged black holes there are bound periodic planetary orbits, which not coming out nor terminated at the central singularity. The advanced civilizations of the third kind (according to Kardashev classification) may inhabit the interiors of supermassive black holes, being invisible from the outside and basking in the light of the central singularity and the orbital photons. "

That's a preprint from, of an article by Vyacheslav Dokuchaev, a russian physisist, working at Institute for Nuclear Research at Russian Academy of Sciences..

While no actual proof (even theoretical) is provided for the existence of life, author argues that under certain circumstance, some black holes may indeed harbour stable planetary systems, even if planetary orbits are a far cry from ellipse-shaped orbits we see everywhere else.


Submission + - How indie developers stop pirates (

chronodev writes: An Indie game creator — Garry Newman (Garry's Mod) found a creative way of dealing with pirates. He put in an error in his game that triggered when running a pirated version of the game. He then asked in his tweeted if anyone was "unable to shade polygon polynomials". Soon responses flowed in, unveiling those users who pirated the game.

Submission + - Touchscreens Gain Programmable Texture Coverings (

HizookRobotics writes: A new covering developed by Senseg and Toshiba Information Systems gives touchpads, LCDs, and other curved surfaces (eg. cellphones) programmable texture using a high-resolution electrotactile array — a grid of electrodes that excite nerves in the skin with small pulses of current to trick the body into perceiving texture, pressure, or pin-pricks depending on the current amplitude and electrode resolution. The new covering has many potential applications: interactive gaming, touchscreens with texture, robot interfaces, etc. Find out more at

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