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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Alicat1194 Re:Bwahahahah! (73 comments)

Once again, everyone forgets WA (then again, we are perfect...)

about two weeks ago

Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'

Alicat1194 Re:Astroid? (366 comments)

Shhh, stop using logic! By spell checker, I meant "brain". Would it hurt the editors to use their brains?

about a year ago

Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'

Alicat1194 Astroid? (366 comments)

Astroid: "An astroid is a particular mathematical curve: a hypocycloid with four cusps. Astroids are also superellipses: all astroids are scaled versions of the curve specified by the equation".

How, pray tell, are we going to mine one of those? Would it really kill the editors to run things through a spell checker? Would it, really?

about a year ago

World's Largest High-Rise Data Center Opens In New York

Alicat1194 Weddesday? (60 comments)

F7 is your friend editors! Are you even reading what you post any more?

about a year and a half ago

Seniors Search For Virtual Immortality

Alicat1194 Re:Nobody will care (209 comments)

As someone with even only a passing interest in genealogy, I have the exact opposite reaction - I would find this fascinating, especially if it included things like medical records etc. The possibility of "conversing " with dead ancestors is also interesting. My maternal grandfather died before I was born, but by my Mother's description and stories of him I would love the opportunity to chat.

about a year and a half ago

Near-universal Mexican Healthcare Coverage Results From Science-informed Changes

Alicat1194 Re:Like everywhere else it's been tried... (732 comments)

As the poster below mentioned, Australia currently has one of the strongest economies in the world (in part due to having a lot of expensive dirt, and not letting our banks get away with US-style shenanigans).

Meanwhile the 'Voldemort Tax' you mention isn't to stop complaints about the Carbon Tax, but rather to stop business jacking up prices unfairly, and then falsely blaming it on the Carbon Tax. If their prices do need to increase due to the tax, then they are allowed to state this:

more than 2 years ago

Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

Alicat1194 Robot Maid (317 comments)

Because holy crap, do I hate cleaning! (and the rest wouldn't have a huge impact on my day-to-day life. Plus, I enjoy eating :)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?

Alicat1194 never ind me (212 comments)

Just posting to undo a bad mod

more than 2 years ago

iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps?

Alicat1194 Long Story Short (358 comments)

iOS crashes more than Android (for those who don't feel like trawling through the (not brilliantly formatted) article.

more than 2 years ago

Aussies Could Use Elephants To Fight Invasive Species

Alicat1194 Re:Uhh, goats? (274 comments)

I mean, Elephants are f***ing awesome and all, big, giant things that knock over trees when they get mad, but goats are well proven to eat grass and other things (like briers) that most animals won't touch. They handle dry, arid climates well, and provide other useful things like, Milk, Cheese, Meat, and Pelts. If you pick angora goats you get fancy wool from them as well.

Been there, done that they went feral : Though some farmers to make a fair living off mustering the ferals and then selling them for pelts and meat.

more than 2 years ago

US Embassy Sanctioned Lawsuit Against Aussie ISP iiNet

Alicat1194 Re:Act of War (263 comments)

Considering how small their population is (~10M IIRC), that must not be very much oil.

Almost 23M (, and apparently we use 946,300 barrels per day ( making us the 19th highest user in the world.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

Alicat1194 Re:Ah, America! (562 comments)

It's probably a wash, actually. Credit card charges will probably cost them as much as mailing that paper, which would be paid by check instead of credit card, usually.

Not necessarily - I work for a fairly large org (9000+ employees), and our bank charges us enough to deposit cheques that for payments under ~$100 it's actually cheaper to accept the credit card charge.

more than 2 years ago

Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

Alicat1194 Welcome to Australia (1797 comments)

Student Loans should include two things: 1. Fixed low-rate loan (2-3% even for private loans) 2. Allowed to be paid with pre-tax income (like money put towards retirement etc)

That's exactly the system we have in Australia - if you request it, the Government pays for your tuition (to a set life-time limit, to stop abuse of the system), and you pay it back as part of your tax once you earn above the designated threshold. The interest rate is set at CPI, and you get a 10% discount if you pay back extra money (extra info here if anyone's interested).

It's a system that works fairly well - you end up with a highly-educated populace (good for the economy), and no-one goes broke trying to get there.

more than 2 years ago

Florida School District Begins Fingerprinting Students

Alicat1194 Consider the Health Implications (294 comments)

Apart from the political / legal / social implications of this, has anyone considered the health problems it might cause?

Consider this: Little Johnny has the flu, and wipes his nose with his finger (hey, he's a kid, they do gross things). He then puts his finger on the scanner. Little Suzy comes along after him, puts her finger on the scanner, and picks up a nice little viral present left behind by Johnny (being a kid she also doesn't think to wash her hands afterward).

Repeat for 100+ kids, and the viral / bacterial load on the scanner would be a pathologists dream.

more than 2 years ago

Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Alicat1194 Why? (618 comments)

1) They're cheap
2) They're simple
3) They're harder to break
4) From a business standpoint, your security guys and general staff don't need an expensive smartphone
5) No huge data charges
6) They last forever
7) They can go a week+ on a single charge

And they're just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Not everyone needs or wants a smartphone.

more than 3 years ago



Reported Costs of Drug R&D Questioned

Alicat1194 Alicat1194 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Alicat1194 (970019) writes "When one of the world’s most extensive press operations, whose full-time staff of journalists write copy for editors, TV producers, government reports, and internet outlets, tells us over and over that the average cost for research (R&D) to bring a new drug to market is $1.32 billion, we assume that the pharmaceutical industry knows what it is talking about. However a new study published in the Journal of Health Economics, concludes that this cost was so subject to internal and external sources of variability that estimates based on it should not be trusted."
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