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Comment Re:Once truth gasps its last breath... (Score 1) 574

Demand it from our news sources and anything that presents itself as legitimate news. I

Put in a bit of work - make a list of companies who advertise on (for example) Breitbart, then divide that list into companies whose products you buy (or might buy), and those whose products don't interest you.

Write a letter (a letter, not an email, not a phone call) to the PR departments of those in the first category, and tell them that you will not buy their products while they advertise on Breitbart, and their competitors who don't advertise on Breitbart will get your $$$ instead.

A guideline for marketing used to state that for every 1 person motivated enough to actually do this, there's roughly 8 others who feel the same way who can't be bothered to complain, they just take their business elsewhere. If enough people write such letters, companies will respond, especially if it's backed up by falling sales - and maybe they'll do a Kellogg's on Breitbart. If there's one thing media companies respond to, it's loss of advertising.

You can write similar letters to the second category if you want to, but to preserve your own integrity, you shouldn't be lying about buying products you never had an intention of buying. Don't bring yourself down to their level.

Comment Re:Australia (Score 1) 284

Do you mean vendor/manufacturer-supported? Try Dell. If you have an ABN, you can get access to their business-grade range.

http://www.dell.com/learn/au/e...

Otherwise, hit the {distro-of-choice} forums, and find out which laptops will run it. Then hit ebay or gumtree, or your local computer club. Try for something less than 12 months old. My current laptop is a satellite pro core2duo running win 7 and 4-5 linux VMs (not all at once!). I've got an SSD ready to put in it, as soon as the HDD shows any sign of failure. If I have to replace it completely, it'll probably be another sat pro. I can still get Toshibas with Win 7, and now they're being offered with 3 year warranties.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 4, Insightful) 177

Not sure of your point - India has an energy problem, and a pollution problem. Here's a plant that will produce energy, and little to zero pollution from day 1 of its operation. I'm amazed but glad that it's actually begun to operate.

A nuclear plant would of course, supply energy when the sun goes down, but given the circumstances, what odds would you give of a nuclear plant being in any way cheap, safe, or reliable?

Comment Re:I don't know why IBM got the contract (Score 1) 60

I'm personally acquainted with one of the managers from IBM (at the time) in Queensland - she told me that the government signed off every stage of the Health Dept payroll contract. Also, the court case determined that it was the middle-upper management in the Health Dept that were largely to blame for the bungled system. They didn't do the legwork required to make sure the system was properly specced.

As much as I'm disappointed in what IBM has become in the last couple of decades, banning them from government contracts in Queensland is an act of spite and blame-shifting by the government.

Having said that, computerised payroll systems aren't exactly cutting-edge technology - why are they still not able to get it right?

Comment Re:Why not wind? (Score 1) 191

Yeah, you'll always need them for backup, e.g. when a cyclone destroys some of your solar/battery infrastructure. Trouble is, diesel gensets become less reliable (i.e. need more maintenance) the less they are used. You have to run them at high/max load for a while every week to keep them in shape. Ditto with the fuel. You can't just leave it there unused and expect it to work. Petrol and diesel go "off" after a few months - so you're going to have to rotate stock, so to speak - which means continuing to ship in batches of fresh diesel from time to time.

Comment Re:Mold (Score 3, Interesting) 191

It doesn't "eat" it. The fungus grows between lens elements. It seems to like the glue. Lost a nice Nikkor 200mm lens that way. It's fixable, but not economic to do so.

The PV frames would (unless pre-emptively treated) corrode in the salty, damp air, but as they sit in harsh sunlight for extended periods, I think fungus would be somewhat down on the list of problems. Salty air can kill domestic computers inside 1 year, so junction boxes, blocking diodes, micro-inverters, etc would all have to be treated with sealant before installation. Same with all the controller circuitry, chargers, inverters, etc.

Today's price of diesel in Brisbane - AUD$1.13/litre
300 litres/day x 365 days = AUD$123,735.00 per annum
Transport and maintenance of fuel and gensets = ?

The payback period needs to be shorter than the Panel/battery system's expected lifespan, but as someone else has pointed out, there are benefits other than economic.

Comment Re:4k on 2560x1440 and 1080p monitors (Score 1) 126

I think it shows up the compression that has to be done get a film to fit on a blu-ray - the Digital Cinema Package files I get to see are "2K", but they're also upwards of 100 or even 200GB - whereas a 2K blu-ray is 25 or 50GB - so there's a lot of data lost from a film when mastered to fit on blu-ray. We're even starting to see 4K DCP disks turn up - I was worried our server or projector wouldn't cope, but apparently it'll just downsample the 4K stream to 2K - so it's throwing away roughly 3 of every 4 pixels - that's a LOT of detail.

Comment Re:Apple has lost its Mojo (Score 1) 478

It's not complete bollocks. Example - family of 4 (3 adults, 1 child), 4 weeks in Italy + UK. Return flights Australia -Singapore - London in premium economy on tier 1 airlines. I'm not sitting in coach for 8+13 hours, and I'm not flying in jets with dubious maintenance records. Return flights London - Florence, 3 bedroom self-catering house for a couple of days, hotels + dining out in Florence, museums, galleries, etc. 1 week in UK Holiday park, 1 week in rented canal boat, partly self-catered, partly eating at pubs, 2 weeks' car rental + fuel, B&B accomodation. AUD$44K. Yes forty-four thousand, of which the airfares were AUD$13K. Welcome to Australia.

That works out to AUD$2750 per head, per week. None of the accomodation was above a 3-star level, and none of the food came from "fancy" restaurants.

Comment So let me get this straight.... (Score 1) 126

Your {device} loads a data stream that when decoded and sent through whatever audio hardware/software combination, thence to the speaker/s, makes noise - spoken word, music, whatever.

Then the device's microphone "listens" to this audio, re-converts it to a digital stream that then gets sent off to a company who presumably run it past a big database of recorded music, to match it up, and report back to you that the audio is named "Purple Rain" recorded by the artist formerly blah blah blah.

Doesn't anyone look at tags anymore? You know, the metadata? Or didn't anyone think to um, bypass the whole conversion to actual sound waves and back to digital stream.

Comment Re:Domain expertise (Score 2) 194

My CEO once asked me why he wasn't a QSECOFR. I told him politely but bluntly that it wasn't a recommended practice for people who didn't know what they were doing to have such a level of access, that I had done the IBM courses on managing an AS400, and he hadn't.

He was a bit taken aback, but my boss backed me up.

Unfortunately at the next job the Analyst and the Programmer were QSECOFRs, and I couldn't convince my boss that was a bad thing.

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