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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

ajdlinux Re:Ada? (385 comments)

I'm currently studying for my bachelor's in CS, and I've taken two courses taught in Ada. Quite an alright language, IMHO. I'm also aware of at least two private-sector companies in my relatively-small city who are starting new projects in Ada (in addition to all the established defence contractors around here). So it's not completely dead! Mostly, but not completely!

about two weeks ago
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23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

ajdlinux Re:Privilege escalation is to the server credentia (213 comments)

My Debian unstable installation would beg to differ.

$ ps aux
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root 24768 6.1 0.4 183832 34716 tty7 Ss+ Jan08 14:15 /usr/bin/X :0 vt7 -br -nolisten tcp -auth /var/run/xauth/A:0-86aX4a

about 8 months ago
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Debian Turns 20

ajdlinux Re:THANKS!!! (121 comments)

While on that topic, Debian also should be commended for joining OSI and embracing Open Source as well as their own FSG.

Well, the OSI's Open Source Definition was actually based off the DFSG, just with the Debian-specific references removed.

about a year ago
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Guantanamo Hearings Delayed as Legal Files Vanish

ajdlinux Re:What kind of moronic "defense" lawyer... (170 comments)

I stand corrected. You're right - I haven't been following this story, and most of what I've heard about Guantanamo defence lawyers comes from when Michael Mori (who was military) defended David Hicks. That was a while ago though.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Want To Keep Their Research Work Out of Court

ajdlinux Doesn't help public sector transparency (288 comments)

As much as this may be beneficial to scientists, I feel that in the case of publicly-funded institutions, it would set a bad precedent for the overall cause of public sector transparency. It has been a long, hard fight for increased transparency in government (FOI laws and such) and I think creating an exception for scientific agencies doesn't send the right message.

about 2 years ago
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QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks

ajdlinux Really? (289 comments)

This story displays an incredibly low understanding about what a QR code even is, let alone how you would write a QR code reader for a secure environment. I'm surprised this even got accepted.

about 2 years ago
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Election Tech: In Canada, They Actually Count the Votes

ajdlinux And in Australia... (500 comments)

In Australia, for most purposes we still use paper ballots. (There are a few exceptions - ACT territory elections have *optional* computer-based voting, and NSW state elections have an *optional* online voting system for some absentee or disabled voters.)

On election night, officials at every polling place - who are required to sign a declaration, under penalty, that they are not politically active - do an initial hand count of first-preference votes (yes, we have IRV and STV ballots here) and the votes for the top two front runners. These are the numbers that make their way to the internet in a matter of minutes and are used for the election night media coverage - but they actually have no legal significance at all, they're basically purely for the media coverage.

The real counting happens the week after election day, when all ballots are transported to the local electoral office for counting. For elections that use IRV ballots (e.g. the federal House of Representatives), the ballots are all hand counted. For STV ballots (e.g. the federal Senate), they do use computer based counting, however the paper ballots are retained and a hand count can be done if necessary. If there are any issues that arise, the Returning Officer has the discretion to order a recount as necessary, without necessarily needing court orders or anything like that.

The *entire process* - opening the polls, conducting the polling, closing the polls, the first count, the second count, and any recounts - takes place in front of candidate-appointed scrutineers (not quite as good as being public, but it's close enough). Every candidate can appoint scrutineers to witness the whole process and make objections.

And this is how Australia has elections that are virtually unchallengeable - for a typical federal election, there will usually be at most one serious dispute, and only in districts with the tiniest of margins where they need a judge to make the final decision. Heck, we're experimenting with computer-based and internet-based voting systems, and no-one's raising concerns because the Electoral Commission has such a high reputation for integrity and accuracy.

about 2 years ago
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Protecting State Secrets Through Copyright

ajdlinux Re:Public documents are now copyrighted? (142 comments)

In the US, sure. Outside of the US, US government works may very well be covered by local copyright laws. In many countries, government works are protected by copyright, and it may very well be the case that the same provisions apply to US government works within their jurisdiction.

about 2 years ago
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Australian ISP Wins Case Against Movie Studios

ajdlinux Re:Great news (155 comments)

If you look at the court records, it wasn't actually AFACT that sued - it was its member companies (Roadshow, Universal, Paramount etc). AFACT wasn't actually party to the case.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?

ajdlinux Re:CS is part of IT (520 comments)

Agreed. I'm Australian, and I'm enrolled in a CS major - but I do my classes along side IT and SE students... as far as I'm concerned, all three terms are fairly close, just with some subtle differences. The umbrella term for everything, whether it's programming, consulting, sysadmin, etc. is 'IT'. This American differentiation between IT and CS just confuses me...

more than 2 years ago
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Texting On the Rise In the US

ajdlinux An exception (468 comments)

I'm a university student, and I send and receive less than 5 a day, on average. (That's including events such as Humans vs Zombies week.) Then again, I'm the sort of nerd who spends his time on Slashdot...

more than 3 years ago
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I mailed / filed my tax return form ...

ajdlinux Re:Non-American Tax Days? (432 comments)

Here in Australia, the financial year runs from July to June. Tax returns must generally be filed by the end of October or so, either through filling out the paper form with the aid of the 200-odd page TaxPack manual, or doing it online with their proprietary Windows-only software. The exact complexity of return forms depends on whether you qualify for a short return form, the normal return form, or in my case, the normal return form plus supplementary forms. Taxes here are often called high, but apparently we're quite low compared to many parts of the OECD. Income tax ranges from zero when you earn $180,000. The average is something like 30% or so I think. Other than income tax, we have a Goods and Services Tax (otherwise known as a VAT) on mostly everything, which is 10%. This is applied federally, and the revenue is paid by the feds to the state governments. We've also got a Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge which is administered on top of your income tax for certain people depending on income and health insurance status, and there's a few other taxes on various things as well. I don't generally think we're taxed too high - the revenue is needed to fund our health and welfare systems. That said, our state governments are pathetic when it comes to service delivery and there's proposals for federal takeovers of hospitals and things like that which I hope will make things more efficient. As for myself, I'm a student who merely has complex tax affairs due to a combination of welfare payments and self-employment, so I pay no tax at all, get no tax refund, and still have to fill out supplement business forms. :/

more than 4 years ago
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I mailed / filed my tax return form ...

ajdlinux Re:My tax time is June 15th. (432 comments)

My tax year doesn't end until June 30, and then I don't have to file until about October. Although being me, I'll probably have it done by July 3 at latest :P

more than 4 years ago

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Australian Elections Result In Hung Parliament

ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  about 4 years ago

ajdlinux (913987) writes "For the first time since World War II, Australia has a hung parliament. The future of the Government now lies in the hands of the five independent and Green MPs, who will decide over the next few days which party they will back to form the next government. The Labor Party's National Broadband Network is now in doubt, but it at least seems the internet filter won't go ahead now that the Greens have the balance of power in the Senate."
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'Legal Deposit' For Software?

ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ajdlinux writes "Most national copyright laws include a provision known as 'legal deposit', which require publishers to send copies of published works to various government or academic libraries for preservation and future public access. I was thinking about this a few weeks ago, when it struck me that computer software is generally not covered by such provisions. Software often goes 'out of print' much quicker than books, and with proprietary source code it seems a lot of historic software is lost forever. I wrote a quick piece on my blog proposing a legal deposit system for software, which would archive source code, binaries and documentation permanently for future study. Political issues aside, would such a system would be useful?"
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Comedy Group Almost Defeats APEC Security

ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  about 7 years ago

ajdlinux (913987) writes "Members of the Australian comedy group The Chaser were arrested today after attempting to breach security at the APEC Leaders Conference in Sydney. Chas Licciardello and Julian Morrow were arrested, along with nine crew members, just a short distance away from the InterContinental Hotel where President Bush is staying, having already cleared one police checkpoint disguised as a Canadian motorcade. ""No particular reason we chose Canada," said Taylor. "We just thought they'd be a country who the cops wouldn't scrutinise too closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade — as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with him."" More coverage at the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC."
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ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ajdlinux writes "The release schedule for the next major version of KDE has just been finalised. The schedule is available on KDE TechBase and is aiming for a full feature freeze by June and release towards the end of October. But will they be able to stick to it?"
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ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ajdlinux writes "Andreas Barth officially announced that Debian's testing distribution, 'Etch', to be released as 4.0, has now frozen, somewhat behind schedule (the original release date was intended for December 4.) Judging by previous releases, I would guess that Etch will be released within two months — what do you think?"
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ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ajdlinux writes "The KOffice Project, KDE's competitor to OpenOffice, has announced the release of version 1.6. This new release is mainly intended as a feature release for their newest applications, the raster graphics app Krita and the database program Kexi. It includes new features such as fully data-aware forms and image handling for Kexi, effect layers and full scriptability for Krita, and a greatly improved version of the project management app KPlato. A full list of changes is available as are the downloads."
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ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  about 8 years ago

ajdlinux writes "ReactOS has been around for 10 years and to celebrate the developers have released ReactOS 0.3.0. After a long development stage 0.3.0 has quite a few new features including the long-awaited networking and many bugfixes. A more comprehensive changelog is available here and downloads from here."

Journals

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New website

ajdlinux ajdlinux writes  |  more than 8 years ago I've got a new website!! See it here. As of today, I am posting all my journal entries in my blog here. My /. journal is discontinued.

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