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Web Apps: the Future of the Internet, Or Forever a Second-Class Citizen?

CoopersPale Re:Web app? What's that? (205 comments)

Phishing is social engineering using electronic means, and has nothing to do with html.
MITM attacks are a vulnerability that affects all network based communication, that includes native apps that talk to a centralised server.

about a year and a half ago

UK Gov't Official Advises Using Fake Details On Social Networks

CoopersPale Is that his real name? (175 comments)

"Andy Smith".. sounds like a fake name to me

more than 2 years ago

Another Step Forward In Small Scale Electrical Generators

CoopersPale BlueGEN comercially available (137 comments)

There's a fairly new commercial product called BlueGEN https://www.bluegen.net/ which connects to a domestic natural gas supply; I think they're marketed more toward light industrial use, but if the price comes down (currently ~ $45K Australian) it could be an excellent distributed electricity generation option.

more than 2 years ago

Australian National Broadband Network Releases 3-Year Plan

CoopersPale Re:Well, does it? (121 comments)

We can certainly hope!

more than 2 years ago

Australian National Broadband Network Releases 3-Year Plan

CoopersPale Re:Judgement (121 comments)

>>They've managed to get the incumbant telco to agree to seperate their wholesale and retail arms and hand over infrastructure to NBNCo.

This is a gross misrepresentation of the situation. The government is paying Telstra $11 Billion for access to its pits and manholes and the sale of _some_ of its infrastructure - they're certainly not handing over anything.
And private industry has historically been less effective in Australian telecommunications due to the dirty great monopoly of Telstra - which is just being replaced by the dirty great monopoly of the NBN.

more than 2 years ago

SKA Telescope Site Debate Not Over Yet

CoopersPale Re:A matter of safety (78 comments)

Same here.
Hope he was drunk while writing that rant

more than 2 years ago

Gates Foundation Makes Progress On Reinvented Toilets

CoopersPale Re:Must be missing something... (167 comments)

Was going to say the same thing - these don't sound like viable options for low tech third world situations.

more than 2 years ago

From Austria, the World's Smallest 3D Printer

CoopersPale Re:Scotty, beam me down (120 comments)

It's small, but probably not as cheap as a Rep Rap which is a fully open-source implementation of a 3D printer that's been around for a few years. They've developed the first iteration into the 'Mendel' which has addrssed some of the issues they came across in initial development.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers

CoopersPale Re:An appropriate quote seems to be... (775 comments)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.


From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend; Defender of the Universe, a mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil.


more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

CoopersPale Re:Well, what a surprise (678 comments)

If you work for Ubisoft I hope they're paying you

more than 4 years ago

Australia Could Finally Get R18+ Games

CoopersPale Re:Banning doesn't do what they think it does (143 comments)

The empirical evidence from the current regime is that where a game is refused classification, the publisher will almost always make the necessary alterations (toning down certain amounts of gore etc) in order to achieve an MA15+ rating. The current system has thus been reasonably effective -- ensuring that games are made suitable for a 15+ audience, and given that anyone in the 15-18 category is unlikely to be prevented from accessing a title simply by its having a higher rating that is a defensible approach (by which I mean "there is an argument for it" not "it is the correct approach").

True, in most cases the publisher has altered their game to get the MA15+ rating - but not in all cases.

Additionally, games that have been rated higher in other countries have been rated MA15+ in Australia because we have no higher rating. This I don't personally mind, but it suggests our rating system is flawed.

But I find the biggest hypocricy is in its present state, our ratings system for games doesn't even pass the first guiding principle of the Australian Classification Code;

"adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want"

Gamers for Croyden are a new political party just set up and hopefully they'll get a few votes in Michael Atkinson's seat. They may not change his mind, but hopefully they can spread the word

more than 5 years ago

Designing DNA Circuits To Brew Tastier Beer

CoopersPale Re:Purity (135 comments)

While we're talking about real Australian beer, try some Coopers, the last remaining brewer of the traditional Australian Sparkling Ale style. Some of the new micros have started to get interested in this style too - Bridge Road brewers brew an Australian Ale I believe - but Coopers have consistently brewed this ale for over 100 years.
Another traditional Australian beer worth a shot is Tooheys Old.

more than 5 years ago

Major Study Concludes That Cloud Seeding Is Effective

CoopersPale One Tinfoil Hat for You! (81 comments)

And trust me, you won't look 'rediculous' in it

more than 5 years ago

Balancing Performance and Convention

CoopersPale It depends on the complexity (171 comments)

It really depends on the complexity of the problems you're trying to solve.
If you have complex business processes they won't be easily modelled by rails, or any other framework.
So horses for courses, really. It's a judgement call, and depends on the specifics of your application.

about 6 years ago

Judge Excludes 3 "John Does" From RIAA Subpoena

CoopersPale Re:Change of direction (225 comments)

That's an interesting point, but I don't think a left wing view can be characterised purely by opinions on unionisation. The left wing view would include emphasis on more government involvement in social security and healthcare, and perhaps no privatisation of industries which lend themselves toward monopolies (electricity and water supply in my state in australia come to mind - pointless privatisation!)
Having said that, if you work 80 hour weeks with unpaid overtime, then you've got my sympathies; I'm a programmer and generally don't work more than half that.

more than 6 years ago


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Star Wars Begins

CoopersPale CoopersPale writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I just watched episode 1. And it's shit. OK.
But the Batman movies have been revitalised by having new writers, new directors, new actors - could Star Wars be re-done in the same way?
I'd personally like to see episode 1 without midichlorines and jarjar, but more of darth maul and what the hell he is about. It could be a good story.

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