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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

bug1 Re:Character Assassination (289 comments)

If you really think you are so important the US government wants to off you, in whatever sense, then stand up like a man and take it.

you first

2 days ago

New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

bug1 Because More is always better !!! (306 comments)

At the NSA they KNOW a bigger haystack is a better haystack, so why not extend that idea to a programming language.

By understanding all the languages you get the strengths of all the languages and none of the weaknesses, programmers can just ignore the weaknesses then they arent there,

Why should programmers have to put up with those pesky syntax errors when you can just make the language accept any (stupid) command.

Forward to the future !

about two weeks ago

Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

bug1 Re:OpenSSL (52 comments)

The value of open source is that end users can choose to take repsonsibility of the software for themselves, or get someone else to do it for them.

A lot of moneypeople expected volunteers to do all the work and were not willing to accept any responsibility themselves. You would think they would learn from their mistake wouldnt you.

about a month ago

Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

bug1 Re:TOR is actually sponsored by Uncle Sam (52 comments)

You dont have to trust Uncle Sam, you have to (trust/dont trust) the source code.

about a month ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

bug1 Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

the government that you're so disappointed with campaigned on and was democratically elected on exactly this platform. They left not one shred of doubt about what they would do with the carbon tax when elected.

What they said they would do bears little resemblence to what they have tried to do.

Elections are fought on many topics, its naive to think the winning party has popular support for every policy they took to the election.

The Government did not win a majority in the senate, the people chose not to give them a mandate.

The people of Australia have no interest in adopting your energy poverty agenda

A recent essentila poll showed that 38% of people think Australia (and others) shoudl oppose a price on carbon, 39 opposed the idea, others dont know.

Never mind, revenge is a sweet dish in politics, one term Tony is going to lead his party to a historic defeat that his party might never recover from.

about a month ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

bug1 Re:Sand is useful (60 comments)

Na, it will all be needed to make big domes to protect the cities.

about a month ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

bug1 Sand is useful (60 comments)

I hear they make computers out of the stuff.

about a month ago

Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

bug1 Re:Nerds, please make the IoT work... (136 comments)

Yep, big linnup of corporate freeloaders trying to get in early in the exploitation of others.

We need to abandon freedom 0 (The freedom to run the program, for any purpose),
The Free software movement should not demand that software be allowed to be used to make society less free. We cant just concern ourselves with software, we are not an island,
We need a non-commercial licence

about a month and a half ago

Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

bug1 Secured with secret source (67 comments)

How can anyone take them seriously when they use proprietary closed source drivers...

They are just a gimmick.

about 2 months ago

NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

bug1 Re:not a record (547 comments)

"The hysteria and FUD and the billions of dollars and euros wasted on "climate modeling" is absurd"

Understanding reality is not hysteria, trying to deny it is.

about 2 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

bug1 Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

It says I'm frustrated by somebody playing dumb. At least for your sake I hope you are just playing dumb and don't actually believe your own stupid statements

We dont have to agree, its ok for people to have differences of opinion. No big deal.

I dont accept your arguments that they are accessories to copyright infringement (assuming thats a law); From wikipedia

An accessory is a person who assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal. The distinction between an accessory and a principal is a question of fact and degree:

        The principal is the one whose acts or omissions, accompanied by the relevant mens rea (Latin for "guilty mind"), are the most immediate cause of the actus reus (Latin for "guilty act").
        If two or more people are directly responsible for the actus reus, they can be charged as joint principals (see common purpose). The test to distinguish a joint principal from an accessory is whether the defendant independently contributed to causing the actus reus rather than merely giving generalised and/or limited help and encouragement.

IMO It is reasonable to expect the site administrators to know that there is copyright infringing material on their site. But it is not reasonable to expect the site administrators to know if downloading material from a specific torrent would constitute a copyright infringing. Nothing you have said about the words they use or the way they organise their links has any bearing on that.

about 3 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

bug1 Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

The uneducated masses just look at the end result, they see a site that makes it easy to get copyright infringing material, and they blame the site. A simplistic analysis and little value. Try digging a bit deeper.

The law should judge people based on their actions, not on their beliefs. TPB adminstrators have gone out of the way to setup the systems so their actions are not contributing to copyright infringment.

If they can setup a system so they can advocate their views without being accessories then i think that is a good form of civil disobedience. Societies cant progress if people blindly do what they are told.

It could be argued their inaction is contibuting to copyright infringment, but ive not heard the argument about that being illegal.

The fact that you resort to personal attacks say more about your values that it does about me, so grow up.

about 3 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

bug1 Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

If you cant see both sides of an argument it suggests bias, not wisdom.

about 3 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

bug1 Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

Being an advocate of a crime is not the same thing as being an accessory to a crime.

I know its easy to make things black and white, but everyone who has followed it should be able to understand they go out of their way to make it as grey as possible. If it was black and white it would have been delt with long ago.

about 3 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

bug1 Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

Get real here. The Pirate Bay explicitly set out to link to copyrighted materials.

The piratebay administrators dont, some people who upload torrents do.

The site behaves the same way a "common carrier" does in tellecommunications, blaming TPB is like blaming ISP's for piracy.

ISP's want you to download content, they dont take any steps to verify the licences of content their customers are trying to download.

about 3 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

bug1 Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

Do you have any idea how stupid you sound when you make such statements. You lose all credibility when you act like facilitating crime isn't in and of itself a crime. Google accidentally linking to some files is one thing. TPB exists entirely on the premise of facilitating copyright infringement. Thats different.

Do you have any idea how stupid you sound when you make such statements, you lose all credibility when you act like all filesharing is copyright infringement. Accidental punishing legal sharing is one thing. Media cartels manipulating law enforcement agencies to deliberately target specific file sharing methods. Thats different.

TPB exists entirely on the premise of facilitating file sharing using the bittorrent protocol. It does not have the means to check copyrights, and media cartels have demonstrated they cannot be trusted to provide advise on what is copyrighted. They have no choice but to remove themselves from such decisions, just like google does.

Your implication that correlation implies causation is extremely dangerous to society, it can only lead us to a dark age of inquisitions and witch hunts.

about 3 months ago

Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

bug1 Re:The people that invent things must be compensat (131 comments)

If you void patients then companies will stop sharing their innovations with people ...

What do people have to do with it ?

about 3 months ago

Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

bug1 Re:Divest of Electrical Use Too? (208 comments)

Ok, ill bite;
Given that coal causes more harm to society than other forms of electricty generation (it causes more polution per kW), how is divesting coal investments hypecritical.

about 3 months ago

Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source

bug1 Re:Time for a non-commercial copyleft license ? (175 comments)

Go for it. People and businesses will drop open source like a hot rock and that will be the end of OSS as a force in the software industry.

Your post highlights a fundamental difference between us, i think a software community is of primary importance, you are talking about a software industry. They are different things.

But yes i know if im the odd man out, and i cant be a community of one.

about 4 months ago



Australia government to build broadband network

bug1 bug1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bug1 writes "The Australian Federal Government has announced it has scrapped a controversial tender process to build the new national broadband network. It will instead form a public/private partnership to build the new wholesale Fibre-To-The-Premises network.

The network will connect 90 percent of all Australian premises (towns with more than about 1000 people) with speeds up to 100 Mbit/s, next generation wireless and satellite technologies will connect the remaining 10% of premises. It will be Austrlias first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network"


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