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Comment Re:Coincidentally... (Score 1) 293

A link that compares several countries (in german, but the countries should be easy to read) prices in dollar cents:

Where on earth did they get their figures from? They say Australia pays 11.68c/kWh. I know I pay ~28c/kWh in AU... real figures here:

Comment Limited usefulness (Score 1) 125

Seeing as 78% of FB users are mobile ( ), this seems to have a limited market.
In fact, many people (myself included) would be "forced" to use FB mobile, since it is blocked by the corporate firewall.
Maybe someone could write an Android version, which activates the phone's buzzer until the browser is closed.

Comment Re:The current government is doomed. (Score 1) 153

They are hated by the major media conglomerates and are going to be destroyed in the next election by the media.

All the alleged hate towards the Labor Party is spin by Murdoch/Fairfax.
No reasonably intelligent person I have met, has indicated that they'd prefer Abbott over Gillard.
The Opposition / media have resorted to bully tactics, since they have no substantial basis on which to attack Labor/Gillard.

Comment Re:Inconvenient (Score 1) 582

So, I get this note in the mailbox that I have a package that is too big for the mailbox, I have to pick it up at the PO. But, I leave for work before the PO opens, return after it closes, and it's 50 miles away so I can't sneak down there during lunch.

This was a problem until recently in Australia too.
Now Australia Post have started using self-service parcel lockers. Works great.
Sign up for the service, get a user id, then anyone can send a parcel to "John Smith, Parcel Locker <userid>, <mail sorting centre>, Australia"
24hr access to the lockers. I get an email & an SMS when a parcel arrives, containing the code to open the locker.
I have 48hrs to pick up my parcel, before they take the parcel away and file it in the office.

Comment Re:From XKCD to life?? (Score 1) 277

High voltage is of course a completely different scenario, luckily one most wont have to deal with... Like a water cooling system next to a 132kV transformer... ugh...

Actually, HV transformers CAN be water cooled: (In this case, it was a 33kV/11kV transformer)


Submission + - Legal threats over company's Facebook URL ( 1

angry tapir writes: "Germany's Merck KGaA has threatened legal action after it said it lost its Facebook page apparently to rival Merck & Co. in the U.S., though it has yet to identify defendants in the case. In a filing before the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Merck said it intends to initiate an action based on the apparent takeover of its Facebook page at by its similarly-named but unrelated competitor, Merck & Co."

Submission + - Coding Under the Influence? 2

theodp writes: I've tried coding drunk,' writes Alex Muir in Code Sober, Get Things Done Drunk. 'It was a disaster — even a couple of beers had me really struggling to produce anything worthwhile. I decided coding was like driving — you need all your faculties to work.' But back in the heyday of three-martini-lunches, coding under the influence at work — at least occasionally — was the rule, not the exception that it is today in big corporations. However, a CUI while working on personal projects is still no crime — have you found that downing a few beers or other libations while programming helps or hinders you?

Submission + - Largest Tesla Coils Ever Will Recreate Natural Lig (

jjp9999 writes: In order to study the nature of lighting, the team at Lightning on Demand (LOD) plans to build two, ten-story-tall Tesla coils—the largest ever—that will blast arcs of lightning hundreds of feet in length. LOD founder Greg Leyh said the project aims to reveal details on the initiation process of natural lightning, an area that remains a mystery since smaller generated arcs have more trouble breaking through the air. It is believed that ‘laboratory-scale electric arcs start to gain lightning-like abilities once they grow past about 200ft in length,’ according to the LOD website, and so the team hopes to build Tesla coils large enough to do this. According to Leyh, ‘Understanding how lightning forms [and grows] is the first step towards being able to control where lightning strikes or being able to suppress it completely in certain areas,’

Submission + - iPhone 4S security hole uncovered (

beaverdownunder writes: FROM THE AGE: "The executive love affair with the iPhone and the iPad may be dealt a bucket of cold water if Apple does not address a security loophole introduced by the new personal assistant application Siri.

An IT manager for a large Australian corporation with 1000 users, responsible for a fleet of 200 smartphones and BYO devices, has pinpointed what he says is a shortcoming that will prevent his company from allowing the new iPhone 4S and eventually iPads with Siri on to its network."

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