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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

MrKaos Re:Innovative sheepdips (90 comments)

Thank you for the clarification and, the explanation of the details.

2 days ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

MrKaos Re:Innovative sheepdips (90 comments)

>From my understanding CSIRO solved the key problems for microwave echo cancellation and invented the IC's that encapsulated the fast fourier transforms. Here is an article with a video if it is too long to read.

You mean OFDM? Try googling "who invented OFDM". It dates back to the 60s. I am one of the authors of 802.11 and 802.16 that both use OFDM. So are many other Slashdot readers.

I am honored to make your acquaintance.

As stated though, it seems the CSIRO invented the chips that made wi-fi commercially viable and invented the methods that provided the refinements required adequate throughput of data via wi-fi. I think the courts in the US decided in the CSIRO's favor and the article suggests that it was the CSIRO's management that decided to pursue the credit and much needed financial royalties associated with the invention.

Are you saying they are lying? Mindful of your contribution, which I accept, is there a reason to minimise Australia's achievements?

3 days ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

MrKaos Re:Innovative sheepdips (90 comments)

They did not, because the people who invented the relevant bits of Wi-Fi and brought them to the IEEE invented them before CSIRO did.

From my understanding CSIRO solved the key problems for microwave echo cancellation and invented the IC's that encapsulated the fast fourier transforms. Here is an article with a video if it is too long to read.

Certainly Australia probably doesn't have the innovative capacity of larger countries like the US/UK and Canada but for a country of 25 million but we do make significant contributions for a country whose conservative party is constantly ripping apart research and development funding and forcing us to be more dependent on other countries. 5 Billion dollars a year was taken from the IT sector alone way back in the nineties so any criticism of Australia's capacity to innovate is not indicative of our past performance, current capacity or future ability but the performance of our politicians whose vision for Australia is to be the worlds coal mine.

It wouldn't be the first time we've been made to wait for everyone at the finish line and wave them all past. In the meantime those of us who care will be forced to read this bill to understand what restrictions will be place on the capacity to innovate in the business sector now.

3 days ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

MrKaos Re:Innovative sheepdips (90 comments)

Parents are very high up in CSIRO, they have had research stolen on them on a number of occasions

So what are you saying, that this proposed bill would have prevented that?

3 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

MrKaos I Beleive in Magic (216 comments)

When Windows is based on making the WINE extensions work better under a Windows implementation of Linux, then I will believe. Until then I will just hear Daleks shouting "Embrace", "Extend", "Exxxxxttteeerrrmmmiiinnnaaattteeee"

4 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

MrKaos Microsoft (216 comments)

The Cylons hate us with every fiber of their being.

4 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

MrKaos Re:Yaaaahhhh, more oil (189 comments)

yes I am being sarcastic

5 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

MrKaos Yaaaahhhh, more oil (189 comments)

Burn it, Burn it allll, yaaaahhhh!!

5 days ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

MrKaos Ok, who farted? (68 comments)

I bet it was someone here

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

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

Learn? Learn? LEARN? Liberal fantasies about Western colonialism are flatly contradicted by the entire rest of history.

Liberalism was pointing to Islam for human rights abuses that you didn't care about many years before it was attached to any terrorism threat. The issue is how legislators react to it and clamp down on civil rights for all citizens that achieve the goals for the terrorists.

This narrative unfolds because of a black flag with arabic writing in white. Instead of being handled by the normal criminal codes and all the things we learned from the UK forces interacting with the IRA as 'some loony holding people hostage', all of the new terrorism protocols are activated and it becomes a global news event.

If you stop playing politics for a moment you will see that this is the obvious outcome of how we deal with these situations and how easy it is to manipulate our feeble politicians into pushing our democracies into a full police state.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

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

Might be referring to the numerous sting operations bordering on entrapment where the prime impetus for a group of would-be terrorists turns out to be an undercover federal agent encouraging them to cause trouble.

The police here were using illegal spyware to infiltrate peoples computers to capture data, instead of using the legal processes available to them, to reveal some "potential" attacks.They then whipped up a media frenzy to garner support to pass new security legislation that would legalize the use of such methods. Of the 16 "suspects" 15 were released without charge and a 16th on a minor charge.

This sort of thing is what that legislation was supposed to prevent.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

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

What false flag operations?

If you weren't an AC I might tell you.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

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

I'm skeptical of the peaceful nature of a religion founded by a warlord; but at this stage we don't know that it's not some nut-job who is trying to capitalise on the ISIS popularity.

(I'm writing from one of the buildings currently in lock-down because of this situation)

Absolutely! It's a fine line we have to walk because on one side we have Islam with significant human rights abuses and on the other intelligence agencies carrying out false flag operations and blaming it on them.

The enhancements to the National Security Act passed in October and was supposed to stop this sort of thing. It was passed on the back of a media shitstorm over some 15 alleged assailant who were all released without charge and one on minor charges. Meanwhile 99.99999% of the population bares the cost.

Best of luck getting out of there - looks like it's going to be a shitfight on the trains later.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

MrKaos If I can... (244 comments)

Ah fucken...

about two weeks ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

MrKaos Re:Motives (105 comments)

The motive of tech companies is to fill the pipeline with cheap labor.

Stop being such a cynic. Their only motive is to educate the children, to provide them with a better tomorrow.

I believe the children are our future, we should teach them well and let them lead the way by showing them all the beauty they possess inside.

about two weeks ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

MrKaos Something should be done! (105 comments)

These K-12 visa holders are taking our jobs!

about two weeks ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

MrKaos Re:Hello spooks (129 comments)

It looks like a good platform for assessing a local system and installing a more serious exploit, so I agree, it would be very difficult to isolate these and identify what they are doing.

about two weeks ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

MrKaos Re:Hello spooks (129 comments)

It seems to be anyone else.

It seems too obvious, that is. I shouldn't post when tired.

Stripped binaries, statically linked libraries, magic numbers in packets and so on. I'm sure there are a few shell vulnerabilities that we don't know about and certainly there are plenty of commands that can be exploited to escalate priviledge levels if required.

about two weeks ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

MrKaos Hello spooks (129 comments)

It seems to be anyone else.

about two weeks ago

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IS Militia Holding Hostages in Sydney CBD Cafe

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about a week ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "At the time of posting an unknown number of IS militia are holding hostages in a Sydney CBD cafe using shotguns (carrying firearms is illegal in Australia). The Martin Place cafe is in the center of the city and opposite the offices of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a major television news network.
The streets surrounding the area have been closed down for a block around the buildings, local businesses have been evacuated and rail services have been closed down. Airspace above the CBD is still open and operating, though carriers are avoiding it at this time.
The hostage situation is in progress and negotiators are attempting to ascertain the militia groups demands."

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Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Gore Vidal was a significant presence in the American political landscape and though he was often controversial his love of American history was undeniable. A great voice for democracy in it's truest form his often acerbic criticism of the country he undeniably loved stemmed from disappointment watching it's long decline.

This iconic American died yesterday aged 86."

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Google buys Motorola

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "In a move said to "Supercharge the Android ecosystem" Google has bought Motorola for 12.5 Billion. Final approvals are pending but with the patent attacks on Android it will be interesting to see how this pans out."
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Today is Binary

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Like last year, it's a year with binary dates. I missed the binary days in 2010 because I was too busy to pick up on something so insignificant that won't happen for another ninety years. Yesterday is binary and new years day was. I count six more "binary" days throughout the year. Of course there are a whole lot of interesting dates during the first 12 years of the 21st century that have made corny release dates for movies like 02/02/02 and the 03/04/05 but because of the the way months and days are positioned in dates around the world it's only the binary days that happen on the *same* day around the world even if they work out to be a different decimal value. I find it interesting just because of how they are arranged but maybe there are some maths geeks who can actually make it interesting.

If you plan on popping the question to a significant other you might want to do it on 11/11/11 which translates to the ascii character "?""
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Church of Scientology - 'rife with shocking crime'

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An Australian Politician, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, has used parliamentary privilege to launch a scathing attack on the Church of Scientology. Under parliamentary privilege the senator is protected from legal responses from Scientology and has called for and inquiry into the tax free status of 'a cult rife with shocking crime'. Fighting intense pain from recent back surgery the senator joked 'Nurses actually found a spine in a politician' and is also a strong opponent of Internet filtering and censorship. Despite partisan moves to block the inquiry he has called for a vote on the inquiry in February. The Times has a full transcript of the allegations of a Senator who appears to have spent some time exploring COS's activities."
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New Small Quiet Concorde plans

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Designed by Skunkworks and dubbed the QSST by Supersonic Aerospace International a new super sonic passenger liner appear to have made it past the design phase and into the development phase. It's certainly an attractive aircraft with an interesting design said to be 100 times quieter than Concorde and able to fly at speeds of around Mach 1.8 whilst producing less emissions.

If this smaller version can be flown for longer at supersonic speeds over populated areas it may be able to overcome the biggest problems Concorde had, the sonic booms it produced that restricted it's supersonic flight."
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What if Sergey Korolyov had lived?

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "The Space Race that culminated with the Apollo moon landings was driven by the vision of Wernher von Braun on the U.S side and Sergey Korolyov on the Soviet side. Despite both being in the center of a maelstrom of two immense political machines both men were absolutely dedicated to bringing the space age into reality.

Korolyov put Sputnik 1 into orbit and thus began the space race. The Soyuz rocket family and spacecraft, designed and built under his guidance put the first man into space and continues to serve carrying crew and equipment to the International Space Station. His existence was a state secret that was not revealed until his death from cancer in 1966. It was a tragic loss to both sides as he injected vitality into the space race that ultimately meant the U.S could cut-back space spending.

At the time of his death Korolyov was working on a new project N1 moon rocket which was attempting to implement so advanced propulsion concepts. Given the man's drive, charisma and ability there is every chance he would have succeeded, even if the U.S ultimately got to the moon first.

Recent navel gazing in New Scientist about the Apollo program was interesting. But as an impetus, what if Soviet's were able to complete their moon plans and forced the U.S into spending more on space? What would our space programs look like now?"
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Star Trek

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "I just watched the new Star Trek movie and not only was it visually spectacular, the story was woven in a creative way. J.J. Abrams appears to have successfully 'rebooted' the story, leaving scope for new stories in a way Trek fans should appreciate. Abrams really has given viewers a sense of the sheer size of Federation Star Ships from within and blends the technology in a believable way. Characters are explored, where they came from and how they became who they are in a way that builds on the original stories instead of just throwing away story elements that other Star Trek movies have been known to do. There are a few hat tips to the original series, which people unfamiliar with Trek don't have to know to appreciate the movie. You can knitpick if you want to spoil it for yourself but, as someone who has watched Star Trek from when it first aired, I think Abrams has done a fine job. I'll be seeing it again. So get a ticket, leave your expectations at the door, have fun and enjoy Star Trek. Which is what Star Trek is about."
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Star Trek premier gets standing ovation

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Proving that Science Fiction can be great entertainment, J.J. Abrams appears to impressed Star Trek fans at the World premier of "Star Trek", who gave the film a five minute standing ovation at the Opera House in Sydney today. Meanwhile flummoxed fans at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, Texas, deceived into thinking they were seeing a special extended version of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, were pleasantly surprised when a disguised Leonard Nimoy greeted them and announced they would be seeing the new film in it's entirety.

ILM's influence on the film is reported as visually stunning and lucky Australian fans are scheduled to see the movie first as it opens a day before the American release."
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2008, 10th Warmest year on record.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Whilst cooler than recent years the World Meteorological Organization has listed 2008 the 10th Warmest year on record since records began and a UK Met Office press release titled Global temperature 2008: Another top-ten year. Just in case this horse hasn't been flogged enough looking back just one year the NOAA listed 2007 a Top Ten Warm Year for U.S. and Globe and Science daily citing (in 2007) Top 11 Warmest Years On Record Have All Been In Last 13 Years. Time to sell the beach side house yet?"
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Mining a wealth of your data

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An interesting new scientist article about reviews a book 'The Numerati' about the extent and state of data mining and provides some interesting insights. From the article

Data is big business for the numerati. US firm Acxiom keeps shopping and lifestyle data on some 200 million Americans. They know how much we paid for our house, what magazines we subscribe to, which books we buy and what vacations we take. The company purchases just about every bit of data about us that can be bought, and then sells selections of it to anyone out to target us in, say, political campaigns.

How do you know who knows and if they need to know what they know? Now where is my tinfoil hat!"

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Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "150 year old American investment banking giant Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy. The bank is so large that it's loss is causing gold prices to go up and several agencies are reporting on it's demise and the effect on financial markets around the world. Meanwhile Alan Greenspan describes the current banking crisis as 'possibly the worst in a century — including the 1929 Wall Street Crash.'

Not exactly news for nerds but pretty hard to ignore."
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Western Digital working on 20,000 rpm drive

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Western digital seems to be preparing itself for the onslaught of SSD drives affecting it's market by developing a 20,000 rpm hard drive. Similar to the Velociraptor line of drives, the new drives seem to be offering lower capacity as a trade off for higher seek and write times. Looks like the battle lines are drawn for a new series of development in the mass storage front."
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Open Source losing ground with charities

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Following recent discussions about Creative Capitalism, Open Source and Charities I found that Open source could do a lot better addressing the needs of charities who do not have the budget to afford the skills of I.T Professionals capable of implementing and maintaining the Open Source solutions that they really need. Is this a job for the various Linux User Groups out there, or is there a better way?

So come on slashdotters, they want our help, they need our help, how can we help?"

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DOJ to oversee Windows 7 Development

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Windows 7 already is being reviewed by U.S. government technical appointees, under the terms of Microsoft's November 2001 Justice Department settlement and final court judgment issued about a year later, a government-sanctioned "Technical Committee" has overseen Windows development. The TC is responsible for ensuring that Microsoft complies with the terms of the final judgment, investigating complaints about Microsoft abuses and regularly reporting on the company's compliance."
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Australia's Music mafIAA finds new targets.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Australia's version of the RIAA, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's (PPCA) has found a new target for revenue raising, Clubs and Pubs (Public bars) by increasing royalty rates by %1500. Zeropaid http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8904/Music+Royalties+ for+Aussie+Night+Clubs+and+Dance+Parties+Increases +by+1500%25! reports that new royalty models will be based on capacity and not actual attendance, effectively charging clubs for the people who aren't listening to the music. Could be a good thing if the clubs decide to enlist more live bands."

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago Pumping carbon into the atmosphere may not be the cause of Global warming, but it's absolute insanity to beleive we can continue to pump millions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere without consequences. Even if you subscribe to the belief that cyclic changes in the sun, or the earths orbital plane, are the causes of global warming, it's irrelavant - because our, and future generations, will still have to deal with global warming. This can only be achieved by having a sustainable energy infrastructure policy. I note that most of the people in that documentary are old enough so that if they are wrong they won't have to deal with the consequences. Global warming is happening, no matter what the cause, dealing with carbon emmisions are the first step. People may try to ignore the science, but it doesn't change the fact that is is happening.

The carbon emissions of industry that generates energy for society illustrates the much larger issue of externalities. Externalities are the waste and by-products of corporations, and they are not legally obliged to factor these into the cost of production of their goods or services. The cost of these externalities are offset to the community, because in theory, the community should have the resources to deal with the externality. Of course this was before we had corporations with economies the size of countries. Externalities can be anything from the toxic chemicals dumped into a river, the destruction of ecosystems, human rights violations from the abuse of cheap labor in third world countries, nuclear waste and of course carbon emissions from coal fired power plants.

Not factoring these externalities into the cost of producing a good or service reduces the cost. This reduction in cost forces the board of a company to take the lowest cost route available because, by law, the corporation is legally obliged to maximise the financial returns to the shareholder. Even if a board of a corporation agrees that it's is an undesirable course of action, morally wrong or clearly unsustainable environmentally, this fatal flaw in the design of a corporations legal structure prevents even the most environmentally aware directors doing what is right by the earth and ultimatley the human race.

Carbon trading is an attempt to put a cost on the energy industries externality (carbon emissions) so that a cost can be factored into energy production that burns coal. This very focused approach allows the issue of changing the law to force corporations to deal with their externalities, to be avoided. I'm not saying not to apply carbon trading, but this is the very layering of regulation that business complains about. The real issue is how much longer can we continue to destroy the very ecosystem that allows the human race to exist all because we allow this glaringly obvious legal flaw to continue.

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago I beleive technology is a gift. Thats why I was so interested in computers when I was a kid, and eventually made a living of it. So much to learn, which opens more doors and continues to develop me, I'm constantly amazed, the internet is like a western in cyberspace.

Which brings me to slashdot, innocently I came here thinking this is just a web site where nerdy people talk about nerdy things, but it's more, much more. Over the years I saw it building itself into an insidious massive network of connected human nodes who 'must read slashdot'.

I didn't notice at first, when I started reading in the late nineties, it made an interesting alternative to the newspaper or a magazine, at breakfast, or with a hot beverage. I didn't think it would affect me but soon, it became more noticable, like, you could get by without a coffee or a morning tea, but you would'nt be happy about it.

Then, it happened, the shift was so subtle, like trying to recognise a face you think you know,

'must read slashdot'

Oh, no "I'm addicted" I thought. I never realised how wrong I was, it was far worse than addiction. I start posting, and slowly I realised, "I'm inside a hive mind", but had it seen me? I couldn't look away - not because it was beautiful, more like, looking at a accident in slow motion. But the reality was it is more like some small animal looking at the headlights of a truck, and I'm the small animal. I'd stared too long. I thought "borg", but even the borgs assimilation process seemed quick and merciful compared to the slow roasting over flame I'd seen some nodes recieve on slashdot.

i pray to the great superconciousness it doesn't happen to me....wait.I.was.born.a.

religion not defined

.....

i should get a subscription...resist..arrrrggggghhhhh...

must read slashdot.......nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

we are the slashdot..we.are.the.slashdot

You will be assimilated.i.have.been.assimilated

must read slashdot

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