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Telstra Bigpond To Use Outlook.com As Email Handler

SebZero My facebook feed re: this article (96 comments)

"Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Australia's worst ISP teaming up with the world's worst email service. Gold!"

about 2 years ago

Dental X-Rays Linked To Common Brain Tumor

SebZero Re:And it took this long to "make the connection"? (248 comments)

Honestly? The reason is science

It's all well and good for you to go "RAAAAR COMMON SENSE" but it's incredibly difficult to prove anything like this in real people who live different lives in different places doing different things, because even if all of the above were the same it would take 20+ years. Completely ignoring the money.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack

SebZero Re:It did not help (156 comments)

Well those are really not that surprising because elections have quite a run-up period!

In that time the one major political power has access to the media to the exclusion of all others while showing puff pieces with videos of Putin riding combine harvesters, tranquilising siberian tigers, diving to pull artifacts from wrecks all while pulling his shirt off at every moment.
When the one major political party uses government resources to print pamphlets and travel to visit city centres while all the challengers have to fund their own campaign.
Even if the votes were counted fairly, that's quite a handicap to give your opponents!

more than 3 years ago

Fire Burns Differently In Space

SebZero Re:There is no FIRE IN SPACE YOU DUMBA (146 comments)

I find people - as a whole - tend to surround themselves or fill most of their thoracic cavities with a 1/5th mixture of this burn-y oxygen stuff. Wait I'm a dumb-ass and can't work out why this is relevent to humans in space - help me here.

more than 3 years ago

Google Improves Android Translator To Battle Siri

SebZero It's a lot of fun! (ELEVEN!) (185 comments)

The conversation mode is in alpha and it's intermittently very good or very bad (a complete hoot)!

I'm bilingual and visited my mother with a, "mum come have a go at this" - 15 minutes later we gave up with tears of laughter at some of the translations.

Then of course, we tried pieces of the "voice recognition lift" skit which has again come into relevance with the release of siri


more than 3 years ago

IT Could Have Caught $2 Billion Rogue Trader

SebZero 100% accountability? I'm not that's what they want (179 comments)

I think that such a rigid system would prove to be a double-edged sword and would ultimately not be adopted in some institutions. It requires precise tracking of what each trader "bets" vs their losses and the application of rules to stop them from losing too much. This is data that can find its way into the outside world in the case of scandals such as this and I'm not sure investment banks would want a perfectly documented account of losses becoming public. They play a game of high-stakes risk on a daily basis, under the respectable cover of expensive premises and thick financial service books.

A friend of mine who is in what most of us would call an extremely well-paying profession told me about a highschool friend of hers who worked as a trader in London and retired at the ripe old age of 42 to live in an amazing appartment with waterfront views in central London. I was grumbling about banker-types making phenomenal money and being nowhere near as intelligent as doctors/lawyers/engineers, to which she replied, "Of course they're not the brightest, they're certainly not dumb, but they're wired different to you or I - they're risk-takers. What they do with large sums of money on a daily basis, is gambling in a casino where 'the house always wins' isn't always the case. Normal people put in their position would not take the risks they take for fear of losing"

You can potentially win big, lose or stay the same - but some of these institutions trade retirement funds or government health funds. Governments tend to have inquiries if things go wrong and not having an exacty record of how a system broke down allows the bank face while they use the trader as the scapegoat for everything that went wrong.

more than 3 years ago

EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years

SebZero Re:I am ok with it almost... (536 comments)

However if the holder dies so should the copyright. 70 years seems a good frame.

That will be the issue in the future around 2031 - now it's the "ageing rockers" that we remember, but soon it'll be their poor, poor children and their estate who will be losing their income

more than 3 years ago

How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks

SebZero Accountant and lawyers are misunderstood gamers... (123 comments)

...they are crap with a controller, but give them a calculator, paper on which to write and a system to exploit and BAM - high score everytime!

more than 3 years ago

Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates

SebZero Re:Slippery slope? (301 comments)

There is quite a large difference between a person watching and seeing you go past and a sleepless, tireless automaton tracking you to the distance of a car parking spot.

I think you'll find there's a very large court case if your country that's actually trying to decide how much of a right to privacy even suspected criminals have with GPS tracking versus good ol' actual police officers following you: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/us/11gps.html

What would be interesting to see what westfield's reaction would be if you had a mechanism (from LCD film to... duct tape) for covering up your license plate each time you enter it. While I don't know the specifics of the law as it pertains to carparks in Australia - I'm sure regardless of what the law is, the rent-a-cops would bar your entry stating "private property".

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

SebZero Not sure the guilt trip works... (325 comments)

...but anything to help it win is welcome.

The patent disputes are an utter can of worms with the who-copied-who arguments, however the claims of copying design elements are utterly stupid to the point of being insulting. If someone walks into a shop intending to buy an iPad, but walks out with a ** 7.7 inch ** samsung galaxy tablet, there are 2 things that need to happen:

1) Help needs to be organised - they will probably need help switching the device on, yet alone using it.
2) Serious questions need to be asked about how such a dimwit managed to get that much money.

more than 3 years ago

Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard

SebZero Re:typing class in school (362 comments)

Typing class was certainly beneficial - learning the basics was/is/always will be essential. Where my typing really picked up was when all the students started using ICQ - there is nothing like the application of the skill to hone your typing "skillz" - the faster you type the more you can say! I do wonder what the hell my kids will one day do with the ubiquity of skype and similar services...

more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

SebZero Thanks! (1521 comments)

Read the site everyday - thanks for the time and effort you've put in trawling the internets. Had a random person at work spot me reading /. a couple of weeks ago say, "you read slashdot, oh you are a nerd" in the nicest possible way :)

more than 3 years ago

Pricing: Apple Defies Australian Government

SebZero Re:Everything costs more in Australia (440 comments)

Not being a troll here - I genuinely am unsure about the right answer - but don't Canadians spell it globalisation?

more than 3 years ago

USPTO Issues 8,000,000th Patent

SebZero Re:Sue! (108 comments)

Lawers suing? Although interesting, I fail to see what's odd about this - they should have seen that one coming from a mile away!

more than 3 years ago

BitTorrent Trial Makes Australia's High Court

SebZero Re:iiNet (98 comments)

This is why I've been a a happy customer of iiNet for nearly a decade

Ditto. I like my ISP providing the service I pay for and not terminating it because a third party (ie NOT the police or a court) says they should.

more than 3 years ago

High-Tech Gas Drilling Is Fouling Drinking Water

SebZero Same deal in Australia (390 comments)

An interesting report about the practice of fracking in rural Australia. Similar stories about widespread pollution - particularly to do with the chemicals used in the process - but also about some of the battles mining companies play with land owners http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20110221/gas/

more than 3 years ago

Switzerland's Data Protection Watchdog Wants Street View Disabled

SebZero Call me paranoid... (257 comments)

... but I'm just not happy with google going around streets and taking pictures of my house, my car, etc. Of course I've put photos up on the internet of the house, the cars, the inside of the house, loved ones - but that's stuff that *I've* posted (and on services that - theoretically - only an elected few can view). It's not illegal in Australia (hell, is it technically illegal anywhere yet?) and I'm sure it fits into google's "do no evil", but while it's not "evil", if an individual person (rather than a computerised camera car) put photos up of my house it's plain creepy. Big cities full of stores, monuments, various points of interest - fine - driving all the way out to where I live and showing the world I've neglected my lawn - not so much.

more than 5 years ago

AT&T, Comcast To Join RIAA Team

SebZero There go the customers (?) (360 comments)

Something that isn't entirely clear to me - obviously this is a bad thing - but doesn't this mean that people just jump ship and go to other ISPs? Business usually understands people moving with their feet.

more than 5 years ago


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