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What day of the week is your most productive?

WillKemp Re:Friday... (91 comments)

It really amazes me how people can forget a password over a weekend.

Don't underestimate the memory disrupting effects of recreational drugs!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

WillKemp Re: Slashdot being a prime example of bad (382 comments)

[......] the way to "fix" the 3 letters per line comments would be to just limit the whole site into having threads only 3 levels deep.

The way to fix the 3 letters per line issue is to stop wasting all the space to the left with pointless indenting!

about 4 months ago
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Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

WillKemp Re:Seems like result would be higher price (85 comments)

Do you really have the ability to ask for a refund for a full two years?

You can ask for a refund for as long as seems reasonable. However, ultimately it comes down to what the adjudicator in your state or territory's fair trading tribunal thinks is reasonable - or, maybe, what you can convince the retailer they would find reasonable.

The amount of time that's reasonable would probably depend on the nature and price of the item. If it was something that should reasonably be expected to last, say, 5 years, you could possibly make a case for it to be replaced or refunded for up to that length of time. However, it's likely the tribunal would be less sympathetic to that as time goes on - although it may depend on how much you would be inconvenienced by repair.

With cheaper goods, it may come down to how much it will cost the retailer to defend themselves in the tribunal versus the cost of replacement or refund - particularly if you convince them you know your rights and will put up a good fight.

about 4 months ago
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Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

WillKemp Re:Seems like result would be higher price (85 comments)

Australian law requires Apple to fix the issue. That can be done (A) by just giving you a brand new device while you are in the store, or (B) by having you send it out for repair and wait a week...

As a consumer I'd rather have (A) than (B). Making Apple have to support longer warranties out of the gate means that they would be more likely to do (B) [......]

Under Australian law, the consumer gets the choice - not Apple. You have the right to choose replacement, refund, or repair. Most retailers try and convince you that a faulty item must be repaired and they can't replace or refund - mentioning your state or territory's fair trading department usually changes their mind instantly.

about 4 months ago
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Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

WillKemp Re:Seems like result would be higher price (85 comments)

The end effect I can see of countries forcing long warranties on products [......]

They're not forcing long warranties on products. The law merely requires that a good should be of merchantable quality and fit for purpose - anything else is essentially fraud anyway.

Another possibility is that Apple would become more stingy with repair/replacement, which would be a shame as it's really nice to go in and have them say "well, this just isn;t working, have a new one".

They're not being generous, it's what Australian law requires them to do.

about 4 months ago
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If You Want To Code From Home, Learn JavaScript

WillKemp Re:JavaScript is today's BASIC... (152 comments)

Sorry, what's wrong with it as a language?

When people dismiss JavaScript, it's not because there's anything wrong with it, it's because they don't understand it. Sadly, it seems to be human nature to attack what you don't understand (well, some humans, anyway).

about 5 months ago
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If You Want To Code From Home, Learn JavaScript

WillKemp Re:Javascript is the reason why the web is a PITA (152 comments)

[......] there is no way to make something pixel perfect in Chome as well as IE 6.

Nobody in their right mind bothers with IE6 any more. What's the point? Market share is now under 5%, stop wasting your time!

about 5 months ago
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Music Industry Issues Take Down Notices to 50 Major Lyrics Sites

WillKemp Re: Greed! (281 comments)

Well we all know how much lyrics sites lead to a loss in sales for these companies.

Quite the opposite, i'd say. I've often heard a song i liked on the radio, but not known what it was called or who it was by, and then googled bits of lyrics to find out so i could buy it. And i'm sure i'm not the only person who does that. The Google search inevitably takes me to one of those lyrics sites. If they weren't there, chances are i wouldn't have bought the song.

They're just shooting themselves in the foot as usual, with their mindless short sighted approach.

about 5 months ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

WillKemp Re:Units! (216 comments)

The article says 7.3v into 70-80 ohms, which means about 0.7 watts. Or, if you prefer energy, that's 0.7 joules per second.

about 5 months ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

WillKemp Re:Units! (216 comments)

Well, the work was supported by a "Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative from the Army Research Office" and, as they say, military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

about 5 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

WillKemp Re:Puppet strings (431 comments)

Wonder how much pressure the PM is getting from Washington?

He doesn't need pressure. When their US masters give them orders they simply obey. They don't even question it. It's been that way for decades. All the bullshit whining about the EU taking away their sovereignty is just a smoke screen - the UK has had no sovereignty for a very long time. And, of course, one of the tasks their masters have set them is to disrupt the EU as much as possible (it's a threat to US economic dominance).

about 6 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

WillKemp Re:wrong target (431 comments)

He is playing a game that has no winning moves.

True. But he's undoubtedly doing it under orders from his US masters - who don't care whether he gets re-elected or not. The UK has for a very long time now been a client kingdom of the US. One of their main roles on behalf of their masters is to disrupt the EU as much as possible, but they have to carry out other menial tasks too.

about 6 months ago
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I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

WillKemp Re:I only go... (415 comments)

So please, if not for you, for the sake of the people around you, get vaccinated.

For the sake of your shares in the pharmaceutical companies, you mean?

If i don't get a vaccine and everyone else does, how are they at risk from me? If they catch whatever they're vaccinated against from me, then the vaccine obviously doesn't work!

about 6 months ago
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JavaScript-Based OpenRISC Emulator Can Run Linux, GCC, Wayland

WillKemp Re:So, who cares? (89 comments)

Who cares about a hardware simulator running in a web browser?

I do.

about 6 months ago
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Extreme Complexity of Scientific Data Driving New Math Techniques

WillKemp Re:Enough with this big data bullshit (107 comments)

Yep. Just more of the usual "big data" bullshit hype. The sort of nonsense you'd expect from Weird mag.

about 6 months ago
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My productivity peaks between...

WillKemp Re:When there is a deadline (309 comments)

Procrastination is an important part of productivity. While you're procrastinating, and apparently not working on whatever it is you're supposed to be doing, your brain is processing it in the background. You may do things faster if you don't procrastinate, but you won't do them so well.

That's my story, anyway!

about 6 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

WillKemp Re:Paper FTW (532 comments)

Strippers love plastic notes as they don't get damaged when they gets wet...

I love plastic notes as they don't get damaged when they get wet - i live in the tropics and often get soaked in an unexpected sudden downpour. The old paper money used to be a real pain when it was wet, but with plastic notes, you just dry them with a towel and they're good as new!

about 7 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

WillKemp Re:Missing option - cotton and linen fiber? (532 comments)

Where as Australian plastic money will choke turtles and last until the year 10,000 without breaking a sweat.
Oh and its also nearly impossible to forge - far harder than US currency.

It also doesn't turn to papier mache in your pocket when you get soaked in a tropical downpour!

about 7 months ago
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Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

WillKemp Re:Different Governments have Different Issues (406 comments)

What does having your own internet even mean?

It means nothing. Strictly speaking, there's no such thing as the internet anyway. An "internet" that wasn't connected to the internet couldn't possibly succeed. What they really mean is they want international network conections that don't go via the US. That's not very hard really - just lay a cable to Europe.

about 7 months ago

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Australian lawyers to serve notices via Facebook

WillKemp WillKemp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillKemp writes "In what is probably a world first, the Australian Capital Territory's Supreme Court has ruled that Facebook is a sufficient means of communicating with parties to a legal action. Court notices have previously been served by email and mobile phone messages, as well as by traditional paper documents. But, according to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, lawyers in a mortgage repossession case were granted the right to serve notices on the defendents via their Facebook profiles after private detectives failed to come up with any other means of contacting them."
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