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Wikileaks Party Making Questionable Deals In Attempt To Win Senate Seat

Liam Pomfret Re:All minor parties are teaming together (162 comments)

No surprise here. All the minor parties are doing the same thing.

Some parties are. Not all of them. The Pirate Party in particular opted out of those deals, and allocated preferences according to a vote of the membership. The party has also published its preferencing process online, which you can read at http://pirateparty.org.au/2013/08/18/preferencing-statement-for-federal-election-2013/

about a year ago
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Wikileaks Party Making Questionable Deals In Attempt To Win Senate Seat

Liam Pomfret Re:Again and Again (162 comments)

What does this have to do with Assange directly?He is only one of 7 wikileaks candidtates, and he is running in Queensland.

Incorrect. Assange is running in Victoria. The Wikileaks Party isn't fielding any candidates in Queensland whatsoever.

about a year ago
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Japan Plans to Restart Most of Their Nuclear Reactors

Liam Pomfret Re:Nuclear Bias (255 comments)

Eh, 2x2 spacing with Boreholes was always more effective over the long term than Forest and Forget. *idly wonders how many people reading this actually will get either of our references*

about 2 years ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

Liam Pomfret Re:Because they can (371 comments)

I'm sorry to say that the idea that regions are illegal in Australia is a popular misconception. The Copyright Amendment Act (2006) allows for the modification of DVD players to enable them to play DVDs from different countries, but does does not control the sale of DVD players, require region-free DVD players to be made available, or require an unlock to be made available. There was never a Supreme Court ruling on it. I suspect the Supreme Court case you're thinking of was specifically in relation to the game console chipping issue, but that one simply ruled that the consumers could legally break region coding with modifications (and that if it was impossible to break the region coding without also breaking stuff like the anti-piracy, then it was the console maker's own damn fault for linking the two in the first place).

about 2 years ago
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Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

Liam Pomfret Re:Old fashioned maps (452 comments)

Except the core of the issue here isn't with GPS....but with a map. Specifically, the flawed Apple Map. They looked at where the map indicated the city was (which was way off where it actually is), and attempted to navigate their way there through actual roadways.

about 2 years ago
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Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

Liam Pomfret Re:What happened to those election monitors? (386 comments)

That story talks about observers from the developing world, with very different circumstances for them back home. What about the observers from more developed nations?

more than 2 years ago
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Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

Liam Pomfret What happened to those election monitors? (386 comments)

I recall that several countries wanted to send election monitors to oversee the vote, and that at least one Republican AG was trying to prevent that happening. What happened with that?

more than 2 years ago
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Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

Liam Pomfret Re:No. (342 comments)

been handed more flash sticks than I care to count (even had some given to me by the forestry dept, still haven't figured out how flash sticks and forestry connect)

A paperless office means more conservation of trees?

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

Liam Pomfret Re:Id rather have had creativity or originality. (282 comments)

The sad thing is, there are going to be dozens of people reading your post whose first console was a PS1, who won't understand the joke you're making, and will take that as a serious reason to suggest the Wii U is weaker.

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

Liam Pomfret Re:Not all SSDs are alike in speed (282 comments)

This is 2012, not 2006. We're not talking about the storage of the Wii, we're talking about the storage of the Wii U. So again...what makes you suggest they're not using a NAND flash memory based SSD here with the Wii U, which would have none of the kinds of speed problems you're talking about? In fact, it'd be significantly faster than the HDD's in the PS3 and 360, that's why they use them as boot drives in PC's.

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

Liam Pomfret Re:It is the eternal stupidity (282 comments)

What makes you say the internal memory isn't a SSD? Solid-state drives are generally made using NAND flash memory. When they say a "flash drive", that's exactly what they mean.

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

Liam Pomfret Re:It will certainly succeed (282 comments)

Might I ask what makes you think it won't be superior to the current generation of consoles? The HDD, I'll grant you, has significantly less space (though the fact it's a solid state drive does have a lot to do with that), but going by the spec sheets I'd estimate the WiiU is at least 1.5x the power of the PS3, probably much more (though I doubt we'll see all that power actually utilized in the launch titles). I mean seriously now, suggesting that it's not more powerful than the opposition is simply laughable. The RAM alone is way beyond what any of the current generation of consoles has.

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

Liam Pomfret Re:buyer beware... (282 comments)

Nintendo has said no such thing. Care to provide a citation for this load of bull?

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

Liam Pomfret Re:It will certainly succeed (282 comments)

I can't help be amused at this post. People have spent years attacking Nintendo for its console not being powerful enough. Now it builds the more powerful console people have demanded, one that should serve it well into this next console generation....and people attack it for being too powerful, and talk about how you can still have great game experiences with a less powerful console? Now where have I heard that argument before....oh yeah, that's exactly what Nintendo fans have been saying for years as people have continued to attack them. There's just no satisfying you guys, is there? Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

more than 2 years ago
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Targeted TV Ads: Silver Bullet Or Privacy Nightmare?

Liam Pomfret Re:You are always vulnerable to advertising (96 comments)

You haven't seen ads for a long time? I'd honestly be greatly surprised by that. Sure, you might avoid TV ads easily enough, but what about billboards and posters? The only way to not see ads ever is to never leave your house.

more than 2 years ago
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Targeted TV Ads: Silver Bullet Or Privacy Nightmare?

Liam Pomfret Re:Adblocking and Neflix (96 comments)

Many marketers may look at consumers as sheep, but there's also a great many who look at consumers as being cognitive actors with free will. From their perspective, advertising is about persuading you to make that purchase, and giving you the information you'd need to make that purchase decision. In my experience, people who deny that advertising has any effect over them tend to be those who have been influenced most greatly by advertising at a sub-conscious level. I feel a far more effective strategy is an introspective one, acknowledging that advertising has an influence over me. In acknowledging that, and through analysis of my own purchase motivations and intentions, I can become aware of how I'm being influenced by an ad, and thus actively reduce the influence that ad has over me (and inoculate myself to some extent against future uses of that same technique in other ads). Full disclosure: I am a PhD student in consumer behaviour, and have worked as a TA in undergrad marketing and advertising courses. I don't buy into the consumers as sheep arguments myself.

more than 2 years ago
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Targeted TV Ads: Silver Bullet Or Privacy Nightmare?

Liam Pomfret Re:Adblocking and Neflix (96 comments)

I would wonder if removing commercials from their lives might actually be a negative in the long run. It saves you money now, but they're not receiving any inoculation against advertising tricks and so might become more vulnerable to them later in life. Rather than just turning on the taps of advertising again though, you might consider watching a show together with them that talks about ads in a way that'll give them that inoculation, and which they'll find entertaining. The "Gruen Transfer" series by Australia's ABC is awesome, if you can track it down at all, and the "Gruen Nation" spin-off series they did about election advertising should be a must watch for any voter.

more than 2 years ago
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Assange Stands 'Real Chance' of Election In Australia

Liam Pomfret Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (204 comments)

Never invented anything? Oh really now... The refrigerator The electric drill The tank The pacemaker Zinc sunblock cream The Hills Hoist clothesline The Black Box flight recorder Plastic spectacle lenses Ultrasound The inflatable escape slide Cask Wine Variable rack and pinion steering The power board/strip The Bionic Ear The Dual Flush Toilet Multi-focal contact lenses WiFi Anti-flu Medication Scramjets Blast Glass *ahem*

more than 2 years ago
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Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle

Liam Pomfret Re:Break Out The Australian Sparkling White Wine (193 comments)

The CSIRO wouldn't, but DFAT - the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - most certainly would, as part of their responsibility to protect Australian economic and business interests overseas. So it's quite likely it was all fought by lawyers already on the government payroll.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?

Liam Pomfret Re:Maybe... (775 comments)

Filtering the result wouldn't be neutral, it'd be taking a stance in support of the candidate. Being neutral for Google means letting people on all sides of the political spectrum have their say unimpeded. Which is exactly what they're doing by not biasing the search results.

more than 2 years ago

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Pokemon Black and White Versions revealed

Liam Pomfret Liam Pomfret writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Liam Pomfret writes "The much-awaited Generation V games' names have finally been announced in an announcement on the official Japanese Pokemon website. Pocket Monsters Black and Pocket Monsters White are set to be released for the Nintendo DS in Japan in late 2010. The April 11, 2010 episode of Japanese childrens variety show Pokemon Sunday is set to reveal more information on these games, much as the announcement of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver preceded its revelation on Pokemon Sunday last May. It's unknown as yet if Black and White will be the final swansong for the DS, or if they'll instead be pushed back and made launch games for the upcoming 3DS."
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