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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

WillKemp Re:New for Nerds? (132 comments)

I don't have any figures on hand, but it seems that people do still read them. And they certainly appear to have a huge influence on election outcomes.

5 days ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

WillKemp Re:New for Nerds? (132 comments)

News Ltd owns the only national daily paper, as well as the only daily paper in four state capitals, one territory capital, and a number of large regional centres - of the capitals, only Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra have competing daily papers. Admittedly, that covers nearly half the population - but that leaves a massive proportion of Australia dominated by Murdoch.

5 days ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

WillKemp Re:Good! (132 comments)

I don't think Murdoch's got much cause to be angry - he gets his way in pretty much everything. He's just a cynical, manipulative, evil scumbag. And i'm quite sure he's more than happy to be that way.

about a week ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

WillKemp Re:Good! (132 comments)

I'm waiting for that arsehole Murdoch to die - but given that his mum lived to over 100, i'm not holding my breath!

about a week ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

WillKemp Re:New for Nerds? (132 comments)

It's not nothing. It's a glimmer of hope for us here in Australia, that that piece of shit Murdoch could eventually lose his near monopoly in Australian newspapers - and, therefore, a significant part of his ability to manipulate the government. And not before time.

about a week ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

WillKemp Re:Will create more confusion (131 comments)

No way! There are things on Facebook that aren't satire?

about two weeks ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

WillKemp Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

1.8 what? If you're talking about deaths, then so what? The difference between 0.0018% and 0.0034% is minimal. But I'm talking about danger in general, not just danger of death. The chance of getting randomly bashed by a gang of drunken thugs on the streets of Kabul is zero - in London, it's high.

about three weeks ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

WillKemp Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

In the UK there is pretty much nothing that can hurt you by way of flora and fawna (bee stings and bramble prickles aside).

Humans are fauna and the UK is the most violent country I've ever been to (I grew up there). I worked in Afghanistan in 06 and 07 and people would comment on how dangerous it was walking around Kabul - I used to answer "not nearly as dangerous as it is walking around London". One difference between the two cities is that if someone kills you in Kabul, it will be for a reason - in London it's just as likely to be because they don't like your shirt.

Real jungles are very tame places compared to that concrete one.

about three weeks ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

WillKemp Re:Microsoft (267 comments)

Skype's peer to peer - not server based.

about three weeks ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

WillKemp Microsoft (267 comments)

Who owns skype now?

about three weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

WillKemp Re:depends on what you're doing (402 comments)

If i have to use Windows, i install Geany - which is what i use on Linux in gui mode anyway. I only install Cygwin if i need more than just an editor.

about a month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

WillKemp Re:There can be only one.... (402 comments)

Yeah, i do that quite a lot. Not echo usually, just cat. And not usually to add things (it's too easy to miss out an angle bracket and overwrite what's already there), but frequently to insert text in a new file.

about a month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

WillKemp Re:There can be only one.... (402 comments)

Octal? Surely you mean binary. Or did it have 8-way switches? The machines i used to patch via the front panel toggle switches had 16 bit words, so we thought in hex.

about a month ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

WillKemp Re:Advanced? (95 comments)

Pollution occurs wherever there is life.

True. Earth was populated for millions of years by organisms that polluted the atmosphere with oxygen.

about a month ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

WillKemp Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

Oh the idea has merit. It is why it keeps coming up. However, who eats the cost? We do. We as end consumers eat it.

Who do you think will eat the cost of rising sea levels and dried up water supplies? It certainly won't be the companies that caused the problems in the first place. It will be us again. But those costs will be astronomically higher than a tiny little carbon tax.

about a month and a half ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

WillKemp Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

We over and over do exactly the wrong thing to save the world. Which ends up doing the opposite.

I'm not sure who the "we" is that you're referring to, but you sound like you know what you're talking about. How do you recommend governments act to reduce carbon emissions?

about a month and a half ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

WillKemp Pwned (291 comments)

Unfortunately, the Australian federal government is a 100% owned subsidiary of the mining companies. Although the prime minister is a moron in his own right, he's only doing what his bosses tell him to do.

about a month and a half ago
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The debate over climate change is..

WillKemp Re:n/t (278 comments)

No, all of science is debatable. Even Newton and Einstein.

Only if you don't understand science. If you do understand science, you know it's not debatable – but it is falsifiable (i.e., it can be proved wrong, if it is wrong, by reproducible experiment).

You can debate things you don't understand, of course, if you must – and a lot of people do – but it's entirely meaningless.

about a month and a half ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

WillKemp Re:It's sinking. (304 comments)

Nah, dispersants don't dissolve plastic - otherwise your dishwashing detergent would dissolve the plastic bottle it comes in.

about 2 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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