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Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 4, Informative) 90

Thankfully, they've ported the hub (and other tools such as the virtual keyboard) to android, and they're available on the play store. I've been using them for some time now - and the $1/month subscription fee is quite reasonable for what it gives me. I love the blackberry virtual keyboard, and the hub is far better than any other alternative that I've seen.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 5, Interesting) 497

I wouldn't call one launch failure "regularly". If you want to be specific, he also had one "pre-launch test" failure. So two failures on the Falcon 9. Not bad for 28 launches, considering the rate they're improving.

I don't understand the hate lately. It's as though the astroturfing on SpaceX has kicked up recently. At least they have a vision.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 2) 497

All trips are return.. optionally.

Each ship that goes to mars will have to return to earth - after having being refueled on Mars. This is relatively easy thanks to the supercooled methane/oxygen engines, as CO2+H2O availability on Mars. Elon quipped that the return trip is free - since the ship has to come back anyway.

Comment Guys. Stop... (Score 0) 105

Two apple related posts in the first three hours of the day? One about a new rumor, and the other about how someone on fortune thinks people will skip this version? The event is happening in a few hours. How about you report on THAT.

These stories? I don't care. It's not news. It doesn't matter. Stop.

Comment Re:I wonder what (Score 2) 100

The traditional products SGI was known for are gone... this new company, Rackable, which lifted the SGI brand in 2009, does some pretty interesting integrated rack products, both on density and power consumption.

What I don't understand is how HPE bought a company that did over $500M in revenue for $275M. This doesn't make sense.

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 hows about some citations (Score 0) 693

manishs, I don't come here for some random single paragraph from you with no citations, references, follow-up reading material, or even a basic inclination about why we should care. Yeah, the brexit stuff is big news. You've done exactly nothing to try to shed light on the very questions you ask. How's about you find something, then post it.

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.

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