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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Augury Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

I can't find the track right now, but there was a moment from a live recording which changed my mind on Bono. He's on stage between songs talking about how everyone is equal and beautiful and etc, then there's a slight pause and he says "the only difference is all of you... have made all of us... very rich". There's a little laughter in his voice by the end of the sentence.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

Augury Re:Azure is marketing hype for the Cloud (164 comments)

Actually, there are some fundamental differences between traditional hosting and "cloud" services, such as Azure.

In a traditional hosted model, you get access to a physical set of resources, where you can run your application / web site / server / whatever.

What Azure supports is scaling up that compute resource seamlessly, on-demand. This means that the capacity of your hosted service will grow to match the demand being made on it - helping to avoid things like the slashdot effect, while also reducing your compute cost when the site is quiet.

There are implications to how you architect, design and code Azure solutions in order to take advantage of this, so it's a fundamentally different thing to just hosting in a datacenter.

1 year,30 days
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The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

Augury Re:come on! (535 comments)

I would suggest these are the most directly attributable contributions of the (catholic) church to mass death and misery in contemporary times.

The position on the use of barrier contraception to prevent spread of AIDS:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/17/pope-africa-condoms-aids

The position on the vaccination of children against diseases which have caused massive birth defects and deaths prior to vaccines being discovered, have been practically eliminated since introduction of vaccines and which of course could potentially re-emerge in populations which are not vaccinated:

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0504240.htm

In both cases, the conflict is caused because the obvious benefits to life and health brought by scientific progress are being held back due to the acceptance of the population of moral guidance from an organisation who draws it's position in the matter from the bronze age.

about 2 years ago
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Google Drive Goes Live

Augury The 'killer feature' of SkyDrive/Mesh (323 comments)

The 'killer feature' of SkyDrive/Mesh for me is the ability to synchronise files across all my devices, even if my cloud storage is full. In fact, I can select which files/folders to synchronise into the cloud in the first place, allowing me to manage the capacity I'm using and only back the most critical data up into the cloud.

Goes Google drive have this feature?

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Government Backing Down On Censorship

Augury Somebody think of the parents (116 comments)

As an Australian citizen and having listened to Conroy speak in a number of public forums, my concerns over his filtering scheme have shifted dramatically.

Originally I was concerned that the proposal was what most people still seem to think it is: mandatory filtering at ISP level of a government-defined blacklist.

Conroy has made it clear a number of times that what he is trying to implement is quite different.

There is, and has been for 8 years, an existing process whereby Australians can request classification of a site by the classification board. If the board refuses classification (and there is some debate around the definition of RC, but that's another matter), then the board can issue a take-down notice and the site is added to a black list which is currently distributed to software filter vendors and ISPs to facilitate voluntary filtering.

Conroy is simply proposing that this filtering be made mandatory.

The reason this changes the focus of my concern is that during discussions in public forums, I heard comments from average, non-tech-literate citizens and families, who are supportive of Conroy's proposal because they are concerned about exposure of their children to unwanted material and believe that his proposal will help prevent this.

If we really want to encourage a groundswell of outrage against the proposal, we should focus on just how little content will actually ever be filtered by it. We should highlight how very marginally more 'safe' these families will be from unwanted material.

Some stark statistics might do it: There are x billion pages of content on the internet. Australians each day view x million pages (x% of the total). So far x pages have been submitted for review to the classification board (0.0000x% of those viewed). So far x pages (x% of those submitted) have been banned.

Your child is being protected from 0.00000000000000000000x% of internet content by Conroy's plan, at a cost of $x million, or $x,000 per page. 99.999999999999% of content will remain unfiltered for your children. Sound like a good investment?

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

Augury Re:Wow, evolution (453 comments)

Actually the Drake equation has held for some time that not only is it likely that planets similar to ours (i.e. capable of supporting life as we know it) will arise, but so will life on those planets.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook Wins $873 Million Lawsuit Against Spammer

Augury Re:Irony? (128 comments)

This is not spam any more. This is now "officially" (as official as internet meme's can get) called "BACN"

about 6 years ago
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Studios' Oz Power-Grab Revealed

Augury Case summary from an actual lawyer (217 comments)

An excellent summary of the case can be found here: http://www.lawfont.com/2008/11/21/the-case-against-iinet/

There is a series of Q&A at the end of the article also, which is very informative.

A further piece can be found here, sadly titled "Why iinet will probably lose the piracy lawsuit"

http://apcmag.com/why_iinet_will_probably_lose_the_piracy_lawsuit.htm

It counters some of the seemingly "common sense" defences to this suit:

* iiNet can't disconnect someone for an unproven allegation of piracy
* iiNet is not responsible for user piracy
* iiNet is covered by "safe harbour" provisions

It also has links to the original documents

about 6 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Rugged e-book reader?

Augury Augury writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Augury writes "I'm about to undertake a lengthy trip involving travel through dusty, damp and drop-inducing environments. When it comes to packing for such a trip, reading is a fundamental need, to help while away the inevitable hours spent in transit lounges, at bus stops and on beaches. The weight and bulk of the dead tree approach makes it impractical, so an e-book reader seems ideal — does anyone have any experience with ruggedising an e-book reader for such conditions?"

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