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Comment Re:Machine Vision (Score 1) 532

Automated plate scanners are used in Australia. Every time you pass a patrol car, your car is checked for infringements. Most patrol cars have the ability to check this in real time, given mobile Internet access. There are other agencies than the police who have access to the technolgy (local government etc.). Here's a reference from 2012 for Australia's NSW Police force. http://www.illawarramercury.co...

Comment Re:Gay? (Score 5, Insightful) 764

I don't see why it should be a reason to be "proud". Gay is the way he is rather than something he has chosen but it does not confer some form of superiority on him. If he was a paedeophile though, that definitely *would* be a reason to be "unproud".

Whatever, see if I care.

Well you do seem to care enough to make a point about not caring.

You also manage to put the words 'gay' and 'paedeophile' close together in your comment, which is a glib and common association make by people who at best, are ill-informed. There are so many things one could be 'not proud of' and you picked one likely to cause offense to gay men..

For me, 'gay pride' is a reaction to the predudices of others. I was told, as a kid, I should be ashamed of myself for being gay. I was physically intimidated and attacked, because the physical, sexual love I wanted to experience was different to most. I was bullied at school. My parents were fearful of stigma which would be attached to them for having a gay child. I felt noone I knew approved of me and I was ashamed.

My 'gay pride' comes from mostly getting through all that and becoming a successful human being, and for helping others by campaigning and lobbying for change to make life better for similar poeple. Standing up and saying something helps other people overcome their fears. Tim Cook, is heard around the world, in Kenya, perhaps, where recent regressive laws are resulting in violence and murder of gay men.


Comment Dead link - Google cache alternative (Score 1) 610

For whatever reason the one of the original links was no longer available when I revisited one of the links in the OP today:


But Google Cache still has a copy...


Comment Re:Drupal sucks. (Score 2, Informative) 38

First, they are serving content from a varnish cache. That is how they cope with the load. Which is fine for anonymous users, but it's not really Drupal handling the load.

Drupal sucks badly for personalised content. Just look at the simple advice myphpadmin gives to see how badly it's tables are indexed by default, or it's own 'devel' module to see just how long some of those queries to it's own caching system (mysql backed) take.

Keep throwing hardware at it and it comes good (at a price). So do most things.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response...
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Content-Length: 68471
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
    X-Drupal-Cache: HIT
    X-Varnish: 403065529
    X-AH-Environment: prod
    X-PF-Uncompressing: 1
    ETag: "1379926554-0"
    Expires: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:57:06 GMT
    Cache-Control: max-age=0, no-cache
    Pragma: no-cache
    Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:57:06 GMT
    Connection: keep-alive

Comment Re:WTF is this? (Score 2) 118

Same here in Australia, we get broccoli all year around... Even in it's colder parts Australia is pretty hot in summer, and it's grown in Australia, rather than being imported from a far-away place (although perhaps it uses environmentally unsound quantities of precious water resources to produce).


Comment Re:Anyone remember Iridium? (Score 1) 140

Just look on ebay to see how well Iridium phones hold their value. There's probably a growing market for them in Australia.

Iridium even have spare satellites they can manouvre into position to replace broken ones. and with the latest phone, easy access to a 9,600bps data service by plugging your phone into a USB port, which is good enough to access your email if you use a remote text client such as Mutt, Pine, etc.Their 2,400 data connection. And their low orbit satellite constellation provides true global coverage, work on the sides of mountains, and in depressions between sand dunes, etc. Iridium to Iridium calls don't get relayed via any ground points.

Here in Australia lots remote area travelers and workers carry sat phones. They are much more useful than an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon) or Spot device or similar, for cases of major vehicle breakdown or medical emergency when in remote regions because you can make arrangements, and under those circumstances, most people don't begrudge the high price of calls. If you live in a region where there is no other telephone service, you can get a government subsidy covering 85% of the cost of the device (but not the calls)


Comment Re:The 'easy' way (Score 1) 255

In short: there's *nothing wrong with using resources at your disposal*. If your machine has lots of memory, and you can get better performance by building a large, in-memory cache, then by all means, do it! This is *not* the same as "bloat". It's selecting the right algorithm given your target execution environment.

Except that you tend to be using hardware which consumes more energy resources and precious materials for both running and manufacturing. Even with the combination of cheaper and more energy efficient hardware to offset this, this tends to simply encourage more of it to being used.



Submission + - New Zealand joins the new dark age of the internet

cute-boy writes: The New Zealand Internet Blackout protests against the Guilt Upon Accusation law 'Section 92A' that calls for internet disconnection based on accusations of copyright infringement without a trial and without any evidence held up to court scrutiny. This is due to come into effect on February 28th unless immediate action is taken by the National Party.

Submission + - New Government, New Network?

renegadesx writes: "Australia has a new government lead by Kevin Rudd and the center-left Labor party in a landslide victory Saturday night. For months Mr Rudd has promised if elected he intends on bringing Australia up-to-date broadband capacity in establishing a Fiber to the Node (FTTN) infastructure nation wide.

What challenges await the new PM in establishing this? Telstra, who of course want to retain their monopoly over Australia's infastructure. Can Rudd and Telstra play nice in the interests of bringing Australia out of the stone age of DSL capabilities?

Time will tell, the Howard Government and Telstra did not get along at all. http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/15505/1086/"

Submission + - Australia cracked US combat aircraft codes (news.com.au)

SpamSlapper writes: FORMER defence minister Kim Beazley has told how Australia cracked top-secret American combat aircraft codes to enable the shooting down of enemy aircraft in the 1980s. The radar on Australia's Hornets could not identify most potentially hostile aircraft in the region, but dispite many requests, the codes were not provided, so "In the end we spied on them and we extracted the codes ourselves". The Americans knew what the Australians were doing and were intrigued by the progress they made.

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