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Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

adamkennedy Re:CDOs weren't the problem (732 comments)

The problem isn't so much the bargain introductory rates, we've had them in Australia for decades.

The problem was this was the first time America had been introduced to them, and a HUGE volume of them were done in a single 2 year period (unlike here, where they spread out naturally).

So the problem of the introductory rates expiring and people defaulting came in a huge single wave, far higher than in countries that have had them for a long time.

more than 3 years ago
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First Probe To Orbit Mercury May Help Us Learn How Planets Form

adamkennedy Dammit NASA! (88 comments)

Messenger is a great name, perfectly respectable with a sort of a cute "ZOMG HI Mercury! LUV Earth!" edge to it.

And then you just had to go and fucking ruin it with a horrendous backronym didn't you.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates

adamkennedy Bit of a mixed bag (131 comments)

iiNet won - good

But they can send notices now - bad

But they have to pay all the ISPs costs - good (cause it will suppress the volume they send and limit spamming)

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3

adamkennedy Only 21 million coins... ever? (491 comments)

"The total eventual circulation of Bitcoins will be 21,000,000 coins. There will never be more coins than that."

Riiiiight, because THAT's going to scale...

more than 4 years ago
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When meeting polls on the internet, I

adamkennedy Re:The only true answer... (159 comments)

Wasn't this solved a year or so back? From memory the layman's version went something like...

"Any written or verbal communication language which allows the construct of a circular paradox of this nature is clearly not representing the reality of the situation accurately (because such a situation is impossible) therefore you are misusing the language... and you are also lying."

more than 4 years ago
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Something For (Almost) Every Developer

adamkennedy Strawberry Perl will be out in a week or so (263 comments)

Strawberry Perl has been doing betas all the way through the 5.12.0 RC process, so the production release should be out in a week or so.

What the summary doesn't mention is that there's some stuff in 5.12 that allows Strawberry to add:

GCC-based 64-bit support for Windows servers

Strawberry Portable (flash drive) stuff finally works in a first-class manner (with separate core/vendor/site installation targets).

more than 4 years ago
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Demand For Unmanned Aircraft Outstripping Their Capabilities

adamkennedy Re:Bad news (325 comments)

Morality aside, it was economically necessary.

There's a couple of great economics texts which boil down World War II to the following.

1. Germany's economy imported food and exported manufactured goods.

2. Economic limitations placed on Germany were leading to an inevitable foreign exchange crisis in which they would no longer be able to fund the "importing food" part of that relationship.

3. The only way to resolve this was to remove the limitations and then expand their resource base so that they wouldn't need foreign currency to buy food with. Thus, World War II (grossly simplified of course).

4. At no point during the war did the Germans ever exceed 25% of the wartime GDP of the combined allies, making ultimate defeat inevitable once they lost their initial technological advantage, which was also inevitable (because of the 25% thing).

more than 4 years ago
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Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit

adamkennedy Re:If your friend jumped off a cliff would you do (244 comments)

Especially if that game was something awesome like Tony Hawk's Skate'n'BASE Jumparama, where you have to do rad skate tricks off of buildings, cliffs and other high structures.

Did you see that demo with the invert 720 low-deploy with the sports chute? I can't wait to try it for real off the radio mast down the road!

more than 4 years ago
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Pieces of employer-supplied clothing I own and wear:

adamkennedy I don't wear any but... (343 comments)

... does it count if I wrote the software that produces the company shirts?

more than 4 years ago
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Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

adamkennedy Re:Too bad (849 comments)

"the people"?

That was last month.

Now days it would be "paid for by Doritos, the crunchtastic taste experience"

more than 4 years ago
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Six-legged Robot Teaches Itself To Walk

adamkennedy Not that I want to be a spoil sport... (113 comments)

... but this exact same thing was a demonstration project at the University Open day ... in 1997

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor

adamkennedy It was awesome how thoroughly they won too (252 comments)

What I liked about this ruling was just how much they won it.

The judge said that Safe Harbour provisions did apply to the ISP... but they weren't needed because they only applied if the ISP explicit approved that user activity (which they do not)... and any infringement notices from the studios didn't need to be sent to consumers due to the Privacy Act (iiNet sends all infringement notices to the police instead)... and in any case the sending of infringement notices and subsequent banning etc was not considered a valid copyright prevention mechanism.

So yeah, they wiped the floor with them.

more than 4 years ago
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Mum's the Word On Google Attack At Davos

adamkennedy Re:Disclosure At the Table (217 comments)

Step 3 China stops making the basics of life for Americans and starts making killbots instead.

Step 4 Wallmarts all over America close as they run out of goods to sell, only to be repurposed shortly afterwards as regional killbot distribution and maintenance hubs.

more than 4 years ago
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FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?

adamkennedy Re:Business model (413 comments)

Supply, meet Demand.

Moon rocks are $2000 a gram because they are astonishly rare, something you'll happily be taking care of for us.

Your income isn't the price now, it's the area under the curve of the price as your 200 kilograms of rock drives the price down.

more than 4 years ago
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FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?

adamkennedy Re:No Chance. (413 comments)

No. The first time it was equal parts arms race, chest-beating nationalism, and 100 billion dollars.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Spread Word About My FOSS Project?

adamkennedy Re:Talk to your users (244 comments)

Last time my project got mentioned on Slashdot, I saw around 50,000 additional downloads for that release.

So even if it's one-shot, that one-shot can still be big.

more than 4 years ago
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Ursula Le Guin's Petition Against Google Books

adamkennedy Re:Bounty System. (473 comments)

If I worry about whether you will ever finish the book, why would I bother paying for the first chapter (or even bother starting to read the story at all)

more than 4 years ago
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The Largest File On My Personal Computer Is:

adamkennedy Re:VM and Emulator disk images (362 comments)

A 37gig SQLite database, containing every testing report ever submitted to CPAN Testers...

more than 4 years ago
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Helping Perl Packagers Package Perl

adamkennedy Re:Homebrew (130 comments)

The people that create the language aren't the same people that look after the packaging system.

more than 4 years ago

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