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Comment Re:Clearly McDonald's isn't included ... (Score 1) 322

The last time I ate at McDonald's, I ended up with projectile vomiting that lasted for three days. It was from McDonald's too as it was the only thing I had eaten that day and the previous that had the potential for contamination. (I was a poor student at the time and often skipped meals.) It is amazing how much strength your body can exert to empty your stomach quickly.

For starters, you'd probably had a crappy diet being a poor student and skipping meals. I doubt McD's had anything to do with your reflux apart from the fact it was food. And I know it's hyperbole, but if you're projectile vomiting for 3 days, you need to go to hospital.

Submission + - Megaupload search warrants ruled illegal by New Zealand High Court (

cyssero writes: A New Zealand High Court judge has ruled that police search warrants used to seize property from Megaupload's founder Kim Dotcom were illegal. Justice Helen Winkelmann found that the warrants used did not properly describe the offences to which they were related. Justice Winkelmann has also ruled it was unlawful for copies of Dotcom's computer data to be taken offshore. She ordered that no more items taken in the raids could be removed from New Zealand, and instructed the attorney-general to return clones of the hard drives held by New Zealand police, a big win for paying users of the service.

The High Court judge said the search warrants were invalid because they were general warrants which lacked specificity about the offence and the scope of the items to be searched for and without a valid warrant, police were trespassing and exceeded what they were lawfully authorised to do.

Submission + - Project to ship cheetahs from Africa to India 'totally misconceived' (

nachiketas writes: An ambitious project to ship cheetahs from Africa to reintroduce them to India has been halted by the country's Supreme Court after an expert said the idea was "totally misconceived". India's environment minister himself had championed the £35m plan, which involved transferring African cheetahs from Namibia to a wildlife sanctuary in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. But this week, a court adviser, PV Narsimha, pointed out while cheetahs may have once been a common sight in India, the African and Asian varieties of the big cat were entirely different in both characteristics and genetics.

Submission + - Smartphones set to become the fastest spreading technology in human history (

MrSeb writes: "According to some numbers compiled by Michael Degusta, smartphones might just be the fastest-spreading technology in human history. The only technologies that come close is the adoption of television between 1950 and 1953, and the recent emergence (and rapid growth) of the tablet market. While his numbers are entirely US-centric, they are representative of other Western world countries. What about the rest of the world, though? Well, mobile phones (and now smartphones) are kind of unique in this regard. Historically, the adoption of advanced technologies is usually closely linked to a country’s GDP — but mobile phones have completely bucked that trend. In 2001, there was just one billion mobile phone subscribers — most of them in developed countries. Today there are six billion subscribers, and 73% of those (4.4 billion!) are in developing countries that account for just 20% of the world’s total GDP. In short, in just 10 years, mobile phones have almost reached saturation point in countries where people earn just a few dollars per day (and we have cheap ARM CPUs to thank for that!) Smartphones, with their larger screens and processors, are obviously more expensive than feature phones at the moment, but it’s only a matter of time until they’re cheap enough for worldwide adoption. In the first quarter of 2012, worldwide, 36% of all mobile phone shipments were smartphones, compared to 25% the year before."

Comment Re:And it's mostly areas that have decent ADSL cov (Score 3, Insightful) 121

I'm in a regional (not rural) district and every suburb here has ADSL2+ connectivity. If you can't get ADSL2+, you can still get the pricey ADSL1 8Mbit through Telstra or Telstra wholesaler.

Even though I get 13Mbit~ at a good price, fibre is still very necessary as we're already starting to push the limits of what's available to us today. What I try and explain to people is that this is infrastructure that all communications will pass through for decades to come. It's one of the first times in my life where I can think of the Australian government really being ambitious with infrastructure development. The applications for this will be huge, it's much more than just triple-play. There's the possibility for telemedicine, telesurgery and of course, more telecommuting than ever before.

In 6 months they'll be starting NBN roll-out in my neighbourhood, and I'll be able to get 100/40 for what I think is a reasonable price that will only fall in the years to come.

Submission + - 7000 e-voting machines now deemed worthless by Iri (

lampsie writes: Despite spending at least 51 million euro over the last decade buying and storing 7000 e-voting machines from Dutch firm Nedap, the Irish Finance minister has announced that they are now 'worthless'. The machines were originally trialled in 2002 on three regional elections, but a nationwide rollout in 2004 was put on hold after a confidential report expressed serious concern over the security of the voting machines. According to the report, the integrity of the ballot could not be guaranteed with the equipment and controls used. Several years on, and tens of millions later, it looks like the pen and paper ballot will remain for now.

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