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Comment Re:You can tell a lot more than appeal from video (Score 2) 155

Just from a few minutes of speech ...

They only get 10 seconds and are looking for expression of "bubbly personality," not a discussion of the state of political discourse in Australia (which, I grant, could be summed up in a dire 10 seconds). I would expect more dancing fool than verbal analysis... but then I am way outside the target demographic. The whole thing is like an uncontrolled version of Virgin Australia looking for "whacky zany" when interviewing prospective cabin crew.

Comment Re:Asian corporate culture... (Score 2) 109

I suspect that hitting a price point and a market date, something not unique to Asian manufacturers, does far more damage than any regional corporate culture. Money spent on the Tizen OS, beyond something that works well enough to sell, makes Samsung no more money and gets funded accordingly (up-front and afterward to fix the mess).

Comment Re: Lessons to learn (Score 1) 87

They will cry for some national solution to their local problem instead taking even a moment to figure out which local politician needs to be voted out.

You are looking at this the wrong way. No point voting someone out only to get another politician voting the same way. You need to work out who to vote in, not out. Then, of course, that individual has to do what they said they would when the were trying to get elected, be influential enough to sway the vote on a bill to change the status quo, and not hold unacceptable positions on other issues. I venture this might be a hard problem to solve with certainty.

Comment Re:How much is the fine for false information? (Score 1) 129

The classic dick-n-balls sketch is not generally a unique identifier that on its own would invalidate the ballot paper: counting such ballots is not new. If you put anything on the ballot paper that can uniquely identify the voter then the vote is informal. A high proportion of voters would be the only person with that name that voted at a particular station. Initial counting will treat ballots containing names as invalid until the race turns out to be tight and the votes might make the difference. A handful of tight races end up with court rulings on whether a name is uniquely identifying or not.

Comment Re:They are asking for it (Score 1) 129

The standard talking point coming out of the ABS is this scenario:

The Census form is the only reliable source of information on whether an individual identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. So, after the census, if the census name, DOB, and address records are matched against new death records a better picture of indigenous Australian life expectancy can be made. That information is useful when planning programs to improve indeigenous life expectancy.

Neither birth nor death records carry this indigenous origin information. However, it strikes me that this can be achieved a number of ways without keeping the actual name, DOB or address. Hashes of the components (normalised or perhaps several allowing for variant spelling) can just as easily be compared and the sensitive data is never retained.

There are currently legislated protections forbidding the use of this data for any other purpose including law enforcement, courts, or taxation. However, these can easily be remove by an Act of parliament (and are probably already subverted for intelligence agencies). I do not trust future parliaments.

Comment Re:How much is the fine for false information? (Score 1) 129

by writing yourself in.

There's no equivalent of that US tradition in most of the world. In Australia, writing your name on the ballot paper will, with near 100% certainty, make it an informal vote regardless of any other marks in the boxes. If that is your intent then simply placing the unmarked ballot paper in the box has the same effect and requires less effort.

Comment Recording devices banned since Noah was a boy (Score 1) 482

Cameras and recording devices have been prohibited at the majority of live performances since recording devices became practical to carry. Why on Earth should a recording device suddenly be exempt because it is buried in a phone?

I went to see a play in a 300 seat venue on Friday. and was blessed with being adjacent to a drama school group. The on-again off-again blue glow from these infernal devices was bloody distracting. I must, however, concede that I saw nobody recording the performance or using a flash; just completely ignoring the show. I realise that teens and 20-somethings cannot imagine a life without their personal phone but I also wonder why the phone is more important than the music/play/ballet/opera/whatever that they paid good money to see.

Comment UPS should send bill... (Score 5, Interesting) 202

If enough leaked to affect 9 employees handling the box after the flight then there's a reasonable possibility that the escaped liquid now poses a corrosion hazard to the aircraft structure. UPS should send them the bill for the complete inspection and overhaul of the affected areas of the aircraft used to transport it. Perhaps that will be more than the fine.

Comment Turn the Tables? (Score 2) 186

Let's ask Time Warner Cable News for 190 hours of specified short segments of their raw video material with perpetual, unfettered rights to republish, for profit, and with no ongoing royalty. If you could get them to to agree the conditions (unlikely) then I bet they would charge way more than $36k for the privilege. Somehow though they expect the State to do just that without even cost recovery.

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