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Australia Attorney General Proposes New Laws To Stop Twitter Trolls

Lunzo Re:Don't believe everything you read (213 comments)

Ashby is not a champion of free speech in Australia. He publicly made false allegations with the intent of destroying Slipper's career. Seems like a straightforward case of defamation. I'm ok with having a law to protect against this sort of thing.

Back on topic - the internet trolling stuff is ridiculous! Farah needs to harden the fuck up. I can't believe a footballer would be such a princess. I doubt there will be any anti-troll laws either. It's just talk to try and get political advantage at this point (doubtful whether the NSW or federal governments are succeeding).

about 2 years ago

FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

Lunzo Re:So safety is no longer a factor (372 comments)

On a flight I was on recently I heard the following announcement as we were approaching the runway to land: "There is interference in the cockpit. Could everyone switch off their electronic devices immediately". This was only a minute before we touched down and they had already made the standard announcement & checks several minutes earlier.

As the sibling poster mentions that article you link from Boeing contains several reliable reports of PEDs causing interference in actual flights. Boeing has not been able to reliably reproduce the issue in their labs.

about 2 years ago

It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

Lunzo Re:Windows Phone needs a hook (363 comments)

I thought Android phones sold because they were roughly as good as the iPhone but you're not paying hundreds of dollars extra for the shiny white logo on the back.

about 2 years ago

Feds Plan 'Fog of Disinformation' To Track Information Leaks

Lunzo Re:Or, And This is Just a Thought... (263 comments)

To prove the GP wrong, all the parent post had to do was provide one specific case where troops were put at risk due to leaked documents. Because the parent waffled in generalities, he doesn't have that one counter-example that would have proved his point.

more than 2 years ago

Caffeine Linked To Lower Skin Cancer Risk

Lunzo Re:Lots of coffee or caffeine = always indoors? (130 comments)

Coffee is popular in warm climates too. There's a big cafe culture in Australia. It's a popular drink all around the Mediterranean sea. The arabs invented the drink.

more than 2 years ago

Sexy Female Scientist Video Draws Fire

Lunzo Re:Whats the problem (404 comments)

I think we do need gender specific recruitment. The argument goes a little something like this:
1. 50% of the population is female.
2. 50% of good scientists should also be female (assuming an even distribution).
3. Much less than 50% of current scientists are female.
Therefore there are women who would be good scientists that are not choosing to do science.

more than 2 years ago

Google To Pay $0 To Oracle In Copyright Case

Lunzo Re:Weird ruling (250 comments)

Those rounded corners rulings have eventually been overturned pretty much everywhere. The only problem for Apple's competitors in those cases is that until the ruling is overturned they're losing sales to Apple.

more than 2 years ago

Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors

Lunzo Re:Detroit (471 comments)

You didn't get the funny points because the timing was all wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Young Listeners Opt For Streaming Over Owning

Lunzo Re:Circles (390 comments)

Oh great, I can decide what to hear and don't have to manage my own collection! (Some time in the future) Oh wait, there was this song I particularly liked. Where has it gone? Maybe I should have my own collection again. Damn, the RIAA no longer allows me to own!

That time is now. I recently switched my spotify account's location from the USA to Australia and some albums have disappeared.

I think streaming is great, but I don't see it as a replacement for a CD collection. It supplements it and lets you check out some new artists.

more than 2 years ago

The Shortage of Women In IT

Lunzo Re:Oh come on... (697 comments)

Where are you getting 8% p.a. interest?

more than 2 years ago

Icons That Don't Make Sense Anymore

Lunzo Re:What's new? (713 comments)

The lower case t for the Christian cross is because the Romans hung a sign above his head saying 'king of the Jews'. Clearly Jesus couldn't have been crucified on a capital T shaped cross if there's a sign above his head.

more than 2 years ago

In Australia, Google Pays Just $74k Tax On Claimed Revenues of $200 Million

Lunzo Re:misunderstandings about the Australian tax syst (345 comments)

The debate isn't around understanding a tax system or not. The question is the following: "Is the tax system fair when a corporation can pay as little as $74000 tax on local sales of $1,000,000,000?"

more than 2 years ago

Will Write Code, Won't Sign NDA

Lunzo Re:Fine for "honest" programmers, but... (438 comments)

I'm from Australia and I've never heard that.

Not that nonce is a word you hear much anyway, regardless of the meaning.

more than 2 years ago

Audi Gives Silent Electric Car Synthetic Sound

Lunzo Re:Isn't this a micro managing issue? (402 comments)

I don't think people handled the transition to motor vehicles well 100+ years ago. There is always a subset of humanity that will complain about new technology.

An example of not handling the new cars well is this bit of trivia - the first drivers licence belonged to Herr Benz for his first motorwagen. He had written to the local duke asking for a permit to operate the vehicle because he was worried about people being offended by the sound and smoke from the thing.

more than 2 years ago

Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City

Lunzo Re:That's how it's done... (294 comments)

That username and post align perfectly.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?

Lunzo Re:If a Long Haul Trucker can do it (504 comments)

I agree that learning C teaches (should that be forces?) you to be a better programmer, but disagree about just get any book. If you're going to get a C book, get the original and the best "The C programming language" by K&R.

more than 2 years ago

Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

Lunzo Re:Why does his privacy have not value? (607 comments)

I think the real scum are the readers of tabloids and gossip magazines. If there wasn't a demand for compromising photos of celebrities, the paparazzi wouldn't exist. They're giving people what they want to see.

more than 2 years ago

France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

Lunzo Re:In a country that drinks wine like water? (706 comments)

In Australia the a nurse takes a blood test back at the cop shop if you blow over the limit. Problem solved.

more than 2 years ago

Text Message Brands Quebec Man a Terror Suspect

Lunzo Re:What was it? (451 comments)

I'm pretty sure that your emails, BBMs, SMSs etc. all go through Echelon in the UK too. That's the whole point of there being more than one nation involved. e.g. the USA can spy on people in the UK then through intelligence sharing deals share that info with the UK agencies.

more than 2 years ago


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