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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

aberglas Re:Muslim claim *they* are the victims. (165 comments)

There are no doubt a small minority of Muslims in Australia that just might commit violence. The sort of unreasonable, widespread and unjustifiable arrests and other attacks by the Federal Police might just be enough to push them off over the edge.

Remember, that terrorists do not just kill people "because they are evil" as we are told. It is because they are fighting for a (mad) cause which they are willing to die for. With this sort of action the police might just push a few of them over the edge. Plus our recent attempts to stop them going to Syria, which means that the Australian government is essentially supporting the truly evil regime of Bashar al-Asshard.

If a bomb does go off that is great news for the Federal Police and Asio. Much more funding, even more powers, happy days.

That was the effect of the Sydney Hilton Bombing back in 1978. Despite the fact that it is almost certain that in that case the police planted the bomb! (It was not meant to explode.)

4 days ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

aberglas What's in it for the Democrats? (538 comments)

Obviously the embargo is nothing to do with the less than perfect human rights in Cuba and everything to do with the large and very vocal Cuban community in the south that hate Cuba with a passion. (Castro et. al. are not angels, but they were never as nasty as Pinochet etc.) The bay of pigs was embarrassing but long before the far more embarrassing Vietnam war, yet Vietnamese are now friends.

But what is in it for the Democrats? The US Cubans hate the democrats anyway and will never vote for them. So why would Obama do such an obviously wrong thing with this endless embargo? Is it just habit?

about two weeks ago

Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

aberglas Amazing to use such a crude programming language (98 comments)

One that a slight slip anywhere in millions of lines of code could produce random memory corruptions with unpredictable consequences. Who would have believed that anybody would even dream of using a language with constructs such as ptr++. And we are surprised to find bugs...

about a month ago

Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

aberglas Re:Critical Path (128 comments)

+1. And obviously so.

about a month ago

Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

aberglas Re:Send a robot (84 comments)

+1. Astronauts are obsolete technology, get over it. People may soon become obsolete for many other tasks as well.

about 2 months ago

One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

aberglas Background Radiation (190 comments)

An at least vaguely meaningful measure might be how much it raises the radiation in given environments compared to the background radiation. If 1% then it is not very significant regardless of how many trillion Bequerels are involved.

about 2 months ago

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

aberglas Re:And today (211 comments)

The experiments on the ISS are almost worthless. A solution looking for a problem. Certainly not worth their huge cost. The reason for having the ISS is most certainly not the science.

And for the enormous cost of servicing the Hubble it could have simply been replaced, several times over if necessary and with the latest technology each time.

The new Webb telescope will not have any human servicing, being too far away. If it needs any, a robot will be sent up to do the job.


about 2 months ago

A Look At NASA's Orion Project

aberglas Re:That's not an Orion... (108 comments)

-1. What, exactly, would that achieve? Better to send some better robots to Mars that can actually dig some decent holes and look for life. Humans are obsolete technology for space exploration.

about 2 months ago

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

aberglas Re:And today (211 comments)

People are obsolete technology for space exploration. Have been for decades.

If the money wasted on manned exploration such as the ISS has actually been spent of useful things we would have the Webb telescope up and running some time ago, probes on Europa etc.

Get over it, Buck Rogers is just for TV. The real world aint like that. And the ISS is an extremely expensive way of producing a bit of TV.

about 2 months ago

"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

aberglas Re:Clippy for checkin terminals? (102 comments)

I'm looking forward to Genuine People Personalities, particularly Marvin.

about 2 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

aberglas IFR pilots don't look out the window anyway (468 comments)

Remember that turkey that flew through a flock of geese and landed in the Hudson river? Us weekend warriors know that they just let their instruments fly the plane.

Given that is the case the display screens might as well show pretty scenery. Show a nice view over the mountains on a clear day rather than the ugly storm that is actually outside the aircraft. Or maybe just waves rolling in on a beach. Something soothing to pass the time. Airbus is not going to let the pilots actually control the plane anyway given that that often leads to disasters.

about 2 months ago

The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

aberglas Secure HTM (205 comments)

The major source of security issues is the bloated, complex software that we use. So as a first step how about a new standard "Secure HTML". It would look a lot like HTML 4.0 but with many things removed. Of course no JavaScript, IFrames or CSS. Very simple formatting. Content on a page would need to come form the same domain (no request forging). Links of page would always show the off page address, in plain ASCII. Etc.

Just enough to provide functional web pages without glitz. The goal being to make the entire browser code no bigger than the original Mosaic code. So that it can be thoroughly reviewed and made really bug free.

Normal users would not touch it. But for anyone with access to a SCADA system, for example, it could be mandatory. That cuts down one major source of infection.

about 3 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

aberglas Re:200,000 Euros? (507 comments)

Here in Australia (and I think the UK) a taxi driver license is cheap. But you also need a taxi CAR license costs several hundred thousand dollars. Nobody wealthy enough to own a taxi license actually drives a taxi. So taxi drivers are dirt poor, usually Indians on dubious visas. But the taxi owners love their right to tax fairs. Currently about 55% of a fair goes to the owner.

Uber is great if it breaks up that nonsense.

about 3 months ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

aberglas Why specify a destination? (583 comments)

Surely Google already knows where it is best for you to go. It knows everything else about you...

about 4 months ago

Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

aberglas Re:Paltry (193 comments)

Well, the Australian system is pretty fraud proof. Ballots are put into sealed boxes. Scrutineers appointed by the candidates supervise the count. I've been a scrutineer, and it is all pretty efficient and friendly in practice. Count is made on election night. And it is much, much cheaper than the computer systems.

about 4 months ago

Google Testing Gmail Redesign

aberglas What about some real innovation! (218 comments)

The bigger problem is all that the MBAs in charge do is twiddle with the tinsel, and do not address the deeper problems in semantics that people have asked for. Such as being able to break up mangled conversations. Or add notes to an important conversation to summarize it. Or to add a meaningful heading. There are several others.

GMail used to be innovative. Hard core slash dotters will know that all sent mail belongs in one place only, namely a folder called Sent Mail. GMail introduced conversations to emails, producing threads (just like Usenet...). They also introduced the idea that the same email could be put in more than one folder (label) at the same time. So it could go in Sent Mail, CustomerX, ScalingIssues, and Outsanding all at the same time. Way beyond traditional IMAP.

These things were not done as the result of some market research survey. They were done because the engineers involved thought it would be cool. It would be the way that they personally would like to use email.

But that was before the MBA and user interface experts took over. Just change the window dressing, dumb things down, target the idiot user.

I am actually looking to move to Zoho mail.

As to slash dot, how about just recognizing blank lines as paragraph breaks. That would be enough.

about 4 months ago

U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

aberglas Re:Enforce the laws already on the books. (151 comments)

I would suggest that being ingested by an engine would be pretty catastrophic for the drone.

about 4 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

aberglas What about the Steering wheel? (865 comments)

I suppose I can live without a key, although I always use a mechanical one.

But I hear that the next model will not have a steering wheel. You just tell it where to go and it goes there in the best way possible. No controls at all.

The model after that knows where it is best for you to go, no need to tell it anything.

about 5 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

aberglas Re:I also hate hiding full email addresses (327 comments)

+1 I think all common email clients do this and it is awful.

Microsoft still hides folder path names which makes many dialogs hard to follow.

Hiding is evil. It comes from those UI Experts that watch how users interact with machines behind silver mirrors. It dumbs down rather than enlighens. And many of those UI experts do not actually know what a URL is anyway.

about 5 months ago



Australian NBN targets users which already have fibre

aberglas aberglas writes  |  about 5 months ago

aberglas (991072) writes "The taxpayer funded NBN has announced that it will prioritize people that already have fibre provided by rival TPG instead of the poor sods that have no broadband at all or are stuck on ADSL 1. To date they have mainly provided service to those that already have fast ADSL2 or cable. That is because the NBN bureaucrats are more interested in stifling competition and fattening their own portfolio than they are at helping those without internet. The NBN lobby group hopes to help shift that crazy priority. The article discusses the issue in some depth."

Internet censorship back on Australian agenda

aberglas aberglas writes  |  about 7 months ago

aberglas (991072) writes "The conservative government's George Brandis wants to force ISPs to block sites that might infringe copyright. Brandis said he stood firmly on the side of content creators (a.k.a. Hollywood). Ban gross violators today, obscure ones tomorrow, porn sites, far left sites the day after..."
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Why it is important that software projects fail

aberglas aberglas writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aberglas writes "The paper boldly challenges the long established misconception that the catastrophic failure of expensive software projects is detrimental to society.

By analyzing the effect of software systems on several bureaucracies it provides detailed theoretical and empirical evidence for Berglas's corollary to Parkinson's law, namely that software automation can never actually improve productivity. It is then shown that not only is it acceptable for software projects fail, but that it is essential that they fail if society is to function effectively.

In this way the heavy burden of guilt can be lifted from the shoulders of the numerous project managers that have subconsciously devoted their careers to ensuring that projects rarely, if ever, succeed."

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