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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

Harlequin80 Loosen the tin foil hat!!!! (90 comments)

Seriously! Let the blood back into the brain your tin foil hat it killing you!

This is EXISTING legislation. AND the proposed changes tighten the definitions in most cases. Firstly they are removing the prohibition on talking to someone about it, now you actually have to supply the documentation or the item. Another is to allow a project to have the ability to release information not just an individual.

The publishing rule is being narrowed to be publishing only in direct contravention of a restriction or if something is specifically listed.

They have narrowed the brokering offence to only part 1 of the DSGL which are military use only items and changing brokering dual use items an offence only if you do it negligently or recklessly and the items will be used for WMD.

So rather than doing a Chicken Little, how about you stop making yourself look like an idiot and read.

3 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:Touch our great lakes (324 comments)

You could build it. It would just be crazy expensive and experimental. Pump stations require power and have moving parts that will corrode. To use tidal power would require you to design and build something never done before.

As for the density or fresh vs salt, yes fresh is less dense than salt but they are blocked from interacting by the wall of the pipe so I'm not sure how you would use their interaction to drive something.

3 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:But but but (324 comments)

I will add to point 2.

The Gold Coast Desal plant is a 125ML RO plant and the brine is returned to the ocean. Testing has shown that you can't detect the increased salt content when more than 20m from the outlet pipe.

The biggest problem with people who think it will increase salinity of the oceans is their inability to grasp the scale of the ocean vs what is removed.

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:But but but (324 comments)

Not really. A modern RO plant will produce 1m3 of water for 3-3.5 kw/h of electricity.

As for nuclear plants desalinating water - all the systems I am aware of are the combination of the power plant and the desal plant in 1 complex. It is still two different systems so the only advantage is avoiding electrical transmission loss over having a nuclear plant somewhere else.

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:But but but (324 comments)

Technologically the plant designs are almost identical. Both are a reverse osmosis design using pressurised water driven up against a membrane. Modern desal plants are actually quite energy efficient, just not as efficient as AWT plants. And the only reason AWT plants are more efficient is that the input water actually has less impurities than salt water.

The other benefit of AWT plants is you get high nutrient biosolids from it that you can then use as fertiliser. Note this is ONLY the case if the AWT sits down stream from a standard waste water plant. If it doesn't and you do an all in 1 process the solids are contaminated with nasty stuff from the medicines we consume which means it is restricted in its use.

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:Bordered by a rising Pacific Ocean (324 comments)

Better option - recycled waste water - cheaper easier and has less maintenance issues that desal.

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:Touch our great lakes (324 comments)

Not is the simple answer.

You would either need to have floating pump stations along the way or a MASSIVE pump at the beginning to push the water through. If you tried to do it with 1 pump you would also need a ridiculously strong pipe to handle the pressure you would need at the start.

You would also put yourself at serious risk of pressure shocks passing through the system if you had problems at either end.

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:But but but (324 comments)

Why do desal? Reuse the water that is coming from the waste water treatment plants. Instead of dumping that in the river to flow out ot sea put it through a second plant and return it to the reservoir. You solve your water problems and you solve the problem of nitrogen rich water flowing into the ocean.

Desals have to combat the corrosion problems you get from dealing with salt. Much easier to deal with non-salt water.

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Harlequin80 Re:But but but (324 comments)

The concept of a Desal plant in CA has been abandoned because of the community push back. Instead recycled water plants are being built instead to treat effluent and return it to the reservoirs.

There are also cheaper and easier to run than desal plants and honestly make the most sense.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re: Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

But this is what I am trying to get at. The teachings of Jesus in the bible are great. However the organised religion that is Christianity, in its many forms, does not only push the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.

Religion and the books that are its foundations are able to be twisted to pursue the goals of whoever is doing the twisting. When I referenced Leviticus it was to show that the Old Testament is used by people all the time to justify actions under Christianity. The fact that that doesn't sit with what you think Christianity should be, just based on the New Testament, doesn't change that people will use which ever part of the bible they want to support their position and call it Christianity.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re: Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

I would also add to this that people in power are nothing if not pragmatic. Iran is working hard at modernising its economy and increasing the standard of living of its people. Unfortunately for it it ended up on the wrong side of an argument with the US. The US then went on to support its bitterest rival in the form of Iraq for a long time and, then when that went bad, the two Iraq invasions destabilised the region.

If I was running Iran I would want as modern a military as I could manage and I would want to have as advanced an economy as possible.

The problem with nukes in Iran is not so much whether they are pursuing building a bomb or not. It is more about the fact that they want complete internal power security. Iran has no coal but lots of oil, it makes sense to build nuclear power stations to free up more oil for export. The problem with the deals being offered to Iran so far have been that they cannot have a full internal nuclear fuel cycle. It has always been that someone would supply them with the fuel and given Iran has seen the winds of support and geo-politics change dramatically in their region can you blame them for saying no thanks

It wasn't that long ago that Saddam was the poster child of the West. Even more recently Assad. Both of those two did some dodgy things but their western support disappeared overnight and there is no way you would build your economy around something that could be taken away on a whim.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re:Check your math. (876 comments)

the Western world has to ask itself it can tolerate this dangerous ideology to spread within our societies

Please tell me you can see how dangerous a concept this is?

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re: Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

Given I have a large number of friends who are Iranian (there are a lot of Iranian migrants in Australia) I would say that it is the actions of a smaller nation that is being pressured by a much larger one. Iran is one of the few reasons ISIS has failed to over-run Syria and hence a larger section of the middle-east.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re: Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

So why is Leviticus used as the reason homosexuals are bad?

While I agree with you that the New Testament is much nicer than the Old they seem to be taken as a combined "Word of God" and lots of groups pull sections they want for the goal they want.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Harlequin80 Re:Cataloging write-only archives (259 comments)

Probably every 3 months or so. But I will be honest and say that that is because of my wife rather than me. She is the photo / memory nut.

It has ended up being one of those things we do of an evening every now and again. Get the albums out and a bottle of wine. I also have all my camcorders loaded into XBMC so they get a run pretty often as well.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Harlequin80 Re:Google Picasa 3 (259 comments)

Really?

Damn just went and looked that up. I have an old version installed on my linux machine and didn't know they had deprecated the linux version. That sucks.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re:Australian Gun Laws are STRICT! (876 comments)

You cannot remain a member of a club unless you do the minimum number of shoots and you cannot own pistols without being a member of the club.

Given the shoots have to be at a competition level the clubs records the scores anyway and so at the end of March they have to supply a list of all members marked with those who comply with the clubs requirements and what they shot. It is all electronic and tied to your license no. so it will flag it straight away if you fall short. When you go in for your shoot you sign in to the book with your range pass and licenses number. Complete your shoot, record your score and have it signed by the range officer.

So I guess requirements fall back on the club to a large degree. Also people accept the laws here and are generally happy to work to comply. We are actually seeing a big increase in the number of sporting shooters at the moment, enough that a couple of full scale ranges are being constructed to meet demand.

Weapons licensing is also handled directly by the police. All weapon sales are registered and you are only allowed to sell weapons via a licensed broker. So even private sales between individuals are tracked via a broker.

I think the biggest problem instituting something like this in the states is the sheer quantity of weapons floating around (leaving out the rabid pro gun stance). I have seen photos of people collections where they have 50+ weapons. There is no real way you could own that amount here as you wouldn't be able to comply with the competition requirements.

For rifles hunting as a sport is another acceptable option. To do that you need to have a letter from someone who owns a compliant property to own the weapon AND be a member of SSAA (Sporting Shooters Association Australia). Rifles don't require minimum shoots. Pistols are not permitted when hunting.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re: Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

So it is no different to Islam then.

The core Islamic faith does not promote violence. It is co-opted to do so. There are a load of sections of the bible which when taken out of context sound like they promote violence. The Koran is the same.

“When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace. If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you. However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. When the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall strike all the men in it with the edge of the sword. Only the women and the children and the animals and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourself; and you shall use the spoil of your enemies which the LORD your God has given you. Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes” (Deuteronomy 20:10-17)

Taken out of context I could easily use this to show that the Christian god has told me to invade other cities and only leave them alive if they become my slaves. The biggest difference is that currently Christian dominated countries tend to make up the wealthier and more educated parts of the world (and this has nothing to do with Christianity it was just a fluke of history). People who are educated, comfortable and happy are less likely to want to kill other people. Simple proof is that no nation states that have a McDonalds have yet been to war with each other (and by that I mean a true war not supporting insurgents aka Ukraine).

If the people recruited into these organisations were happy, well fed, safe and educated we wouldn't be seeing this problem. But their infrastructure is destroyed, their life expectancy is low, their education is non-existent but they have access to arms and a finger pointed at the west that it is the wests fault that they are poor and miserable. Unfortunately in a lot of cases they have a good argument for that.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re:Australian Gun Laws are STRICT! (876 comments)

Only fully automatics and semi-automatics are banned here. That is a good thing because this tool walked into a cafe with a shotgun, not an AK47. At worst it's a double barrel sawn off

Just to clarify this as it is a little more fine grained that an outright ban. To own a semi-automatic rifle you need to be in a career which requires it. So culling from a helicopter is one of the few occupations which allows you to own a semi-auto rifle. Semi-auto pistols though are a standard item in IPSC and ISSF competitions so you are able to own them without a problem but the size of the magazine is restricted to 10 shots. There is however no restriction on the number of mags you carry (odd I know).

Pistol ownership also requires you to actually use the weapons rather than just say that you do. So if you own just 1 pistol you must do a minimum of 6 competitive shoots with that weapon each year. If you own 2 or more you must do a minimum of 4 with each. I own a .22 semi an air and a .32 semi so I need to do a minimum of 12 competition shoots per year.

Fully automatic rifles or pistols are outright banned. As are self-loading and pump action shotguns.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Harlequin80 Re: Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

To which I answer the same degree that I am concerned that the leader of the largest sections of Islam will do. Zero.

The degree to which I fear that splinter section of the Christian faith will take up arms against Islam is about on the same level as my concern of splinter Islamic groups taking up arms against the west. Christian extremists are the ones that will fire bomb paediatrician offices remember. I would not want to be of Islamic faith in America at the moment because I think even walking down the street could put you at risk.

What degree of risk would you associate with the KKK, a predominately Christian organisation, may start targetting muslins? I would say it is non-zero.

about a week ago

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Samsung stops sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia

Harlequin80 Harlequin80 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Harlequin80 (1671040) writes "This morning Samsung has agreed to suspend sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia due to Apple's patent lawsuit.

Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so Apple can review it.

If Apple's claim is not upheld then Apple has agreed to pay damages to Samsung though the amounts are unknown.

It seems that US patents are now going to cause problems here in Australia. Sigh"

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