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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

aybiss Re:Someone has an agenda to push (292 comments)

I do agree with you on that, but you can't have it both ways. It either raised no money and wasn't effective, or it was hurting people in exactly the right way.

The point of raising people's power bills wasn't to make them hot in summer, it was to make them consider new tech such as the air-conditioners that the power company can turn off suburb by suburb 10 minutes at a time to manage peak load. This stuff is coming thankfully and it should help end gold plating.

I guess I must concede the point that it wasn't effective, because the pressure should have been put on suppliers to make these changes, not allowed to be passed straight to struggling families.

Hoping that you're staying on top of your power bills,

Aaron.

2 days ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

aybiss Re:Someone has an agenda to push (292 comments)

Yeah yeah. It was that horrible tax that was sucking heaps of money out of our economy. The one that was so hopeless it wasn't even sucking any money out of the economy.

Make up your mind.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

aybiss Re:Cost (540 comments)

It's funny what some people consider an unavoidable expense.

My mother recently looked into this, it was $3000 per eye for laser surgery, which she was going to do until she heard that they can now replace your lenses whollus-bollus for $800 an eye.

It was an even scarier procedure, but it worked a charm and she can now read (which she does a lot) without glasses and is basically 20/20.

5 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

aybiss Re:On topic, the argument makes no sense (454 comments)

Well, they constantly claim that the rockets are targeted at schools or whatever - are they just pushing them there themselves?

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

aybiss Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Yes, you're exactly right. The best thing the human race could do is turn the entire place into a radioactive crater, then say "off you go, fight over that".

about a week ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

aybiss Re:I'll add (205 comments)

> Can't they stop having too many kids for the greater good?

No, we gave them religion so that they wouldn't want to practise birth control.

about a week ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

aybiss Re:Pandering to Idiots (205 comments)

Don't worry, it will mainly be used to fix lipstick before soccer matches...

about a week ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

aybiss How on earth... (205 comments)

did our parents ever manage to raise us using JUST HATCHBACKS?

Some technology is handy. Other technology just promotes being a wanker.

about a week ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

aybiss Re:Battler (291 comments)

Only Australia has excluded Australia from Australia's migration zone.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

aybiss Re:Where does this leave the nuclear option? (291 comments)

I do agree with you in principle, but that unused land is a long way from where most people live. If it were viable to do anything out there we'd be grazing it.

Not that we can't do both, I guess. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

aybiss Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

When the pendulum swings the other way you probably have a great deal of tolerance for supposed electoral mandates.

You may be correct, but I've yet to see it happen. Tony Abbot's mantra of "we have a mandate" is almost as scary as the "we don't comment on operational matters" one. They both seek to treat the entire electorate, including a proportion of their own voters I'll bet, like they are completely stupid. You can vote Liberal but still think it's inappropriate for someone else to control who you can and can't marry. Tony Abbot would stand up and say he has a mandate on that too - in fact I'm surprised he hasn't.

The moral certitude you indulge has you reaching for some thread that would grant immunity to your agenda despite election results.

I don't think I was indulging or attempting to push any agenda and if I was it certainly wasn't to depose the democratically elected government of my country, merely to point out the sheer numerical weight AGAINST the idea of having a clear mandate on any one topic without having had a specific referendum on that topic.

As someone already pointed out, they voted Liberal to get rid of Labour (an action I find irresponsible but anyway...). That means at least one person didn't vote for repealing the carbon tax, but voted Liberal. Does that mean that they now have "mandate-1"? No, it just reinforces the fact that they don't have a mandate on anything.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

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

That's right, it is if you're rich. You just pay your levy and enjoy your fucking private health insurance.

The rest of us will be paying GP copayments, increased HECS, and all those other things that probably don't affect you, forever.

about two weeks ago
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The Hacking of NASDAQ

aybiss Re:Security (76 comments)

In actual fact most connections used by HFTs are encrypted AND dedicated.

about two weeks ago
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The Hacking of NASDAQ

aybiss Re:The market is rigged already (76 comments)

The thing is that this is so wrong and simply not how things work. Nobody would trade on a market where the first person to bid or offer is the not first person to trade. In your example, as soon as someone said 'will pay $500', they would be given the bike that was available at $400. And they would pay $400, not $500.

The other thing is, even if this did occur, the person wanting to pay $500 for a bike has gotten what they want. This is called liquidity and it's valuable in its own right. If they didn't want to pay $500 for a bike then they shouldn't go to a market place and say that they did. But they did, because they didn't want the $500 as it won't help them travel to the shops (by itself).

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

aybiss Re:Hindsight's twenty-twenty (161 comments)

I'm not sure if this post was sarcastic... but just in case it wasn't: Microsoft have adopted automated testing? Wow! What's next, bug tracking?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

aybiss Re: Too long (161 comments)

I agree, it was great when everyone was just on MSN messenger. But like all things MS they crapped in their own bed by turning it into a games platform, office suite and 30 other things with Windows Live. So everyone left.

If they could have just learnt that ONE lesson... Oh well.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

aybiss Re:Where does this leave the nuclear option? (291 comments)

We're sitting on the largest known deposits of radioactive materials in the world I believe. But in a country where racism is still rampant under the title of "Operation Sovereign Borders", how accepting do you think the population will be of nookular power?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

aybiss Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

Do you happen to work at the Australia Institute?

I'm so sick of being told that because one party has a majority at one election they have 'a mandate' to follow through on every horrible plan they conceive.

1 - Not everybody voted for them.
2 - They aren't the only party sitting in parliament.
3 - Even if you DID vote for them AND live in one of their electorates you are still entitled to disagree with them on any issue you choose.

Let's not even go down the path of trying to separate the rhetoric of 'power poverty' from all the other contributing factors in power prices.

Did you get your $550 yet? Didn't think so.

about two weeks ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

aybiss Re:And what's better? (200 comments)

Windows 8 has yet to be supported at all.

about 2 months ago

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Should we give UX designers a break?

aybiss aybiss writes  |  about 5 months ago

aybiss (876862) writes "There's been a heap of stuff on Slashdot recently about ruined GUIs thanks to UX designers, notably Windows 8, the latest Ubuntu, and Slashdot Beta (just kidding... sort of).

Should we be giving UX designers a break though? Instead of treating these people like specialised programmers, treat them like they are: the people who couldn't get a job in programming with their CS degree. Thus, we shouldn't expect them to think logically because by definition they were the people in your CS course that failed to understand the fundamental logic theorems that you spent so much effort mastering. We also shoudn't be putting them in charge of a bunch of GUI programmers, we should be using them as assistants (and 'at best' might be the qualifier given recent reactions to their work).

Should we 'real' programmers be starting to think of UX designers the same way a graphic artist would think of someone who can draw?"

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Poll: USA-centric news makes me feel a) nauseous b) bored...

aybiss aybiss writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aybiss (876862) writes "I've discovered that there are a number of people using this site who DON'T EVEN LIVE IN THE USA!

How about a poll to find out whether polls like "How about those Saturday mail deliveries" even mean anything to these people?"

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Ask Slashdot: Digital movie remastering at home?

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "In the age where TVs can do temporal interpolation, and films like the original Star Trek movie can be brought up to BluRay quality, what tools have all you /.ers found useful for playing DVDs on 42"+ size screens high-def screens with basically instantaneous response time, where the pixelation, interlacing artifacts, and even the lack of bandwidth on the DVD are clearly visible?

Specifically I would like to watch my old Futurama episodes with some level of on-the-fly or reencoded enhancement. I often wonder if there are programs out there that can do the kind of scene-object detection and analysis that they must be using to remaster old films. The only thing I've found that comes close to offering an improved DVD playback experience is PowerDVD9, which funnily enough came with my BD drive.

So what do you guys use to play or remaster DVDs? Does anyone out there have sufficient knowledge of image analysis to come close to the type of reconstruction job that Star Trek did?"
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Nokia enters into patent license agreement with Ap

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple. The agreement will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission."
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Microsoft actively stifling Win 7 complaints

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "Aside from failing to provide support for its medium grade server OSes, Microsoft seems to also be directly working to keep bad publicitiy about Windows 7 down. Not only have they closed (or rather renamed) the Windows 7 general discussion forum, they've been removing posts and forcing the closure of topics about Windows 7 that seem to get a little hot. For anyone who hasn't been watching the forums, you may find it interesting to see how many cases are closed by an MSFT, and there are cases all over the forum that are marked answered but are clearly unresolved.

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