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Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

coljac Americans are scary (289 comments)

That's all I really wanted to say. Thanks.

more than 2 years ago

Dotcom's New Site "Megabox" Almost Ready

coljac Re:Host country? (101 comments)

New Sealand.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes

coljac Re:No page turn buttons :( (307 comments)

This was my reaction exactly. However I've never tried a Kindle touch, and imagined there was some sort of swipe gesture required. I just had a look on youtube though and it seems pretty tolerable.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Releases Kindle Source Code

coljac Re:Little frog, Big pond. (153 comments)

Anyway, the geeks like me want the coolest device and know how to get the DRM off the books. I wonder if Amazon really cares; as long as it involves one consumer-unfriendly step (such as installing a Python interpreter), then the system works well enough to keep the publishers happy.

more than 3 years ago

Australian Government May Shelve Internet Filter

coljac Not again, Slashdot (143 comments)

This is at least the third time /. have run a story saying the filter is dead. Here's the definitive word: There aren't enough sitting days left to get the legislation introduced before the election. So they will introduce it after the election, assuming they win. They have said repeatedly it's still policy, so the election is merely a temporary reprieve. This battle is far from over.

- Colin (from Electronic Frontiers Australia)

more than 4 years ago

The Web Way To Learn a Language

coljac Making friends online (165 comments)

Some of the software or websites mentioned are good (I would also add ChinesePod to the mix if that's your language of choice) but the article failed to emphasise the amazing opportunities the internet provides to make friends and language partners, for free, from motivated learners overseas. I have studied several languages, and made internet language partner friends who I have visited and had a great time, as a bonus to getting daily language practice. These language partners can be better (and definitely more cost effective) than the paid teachers on offer.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Internet Censorship Plan Torpedoed

coljac Argh! The plan is NOT torpedoed! (308 comments)

A journalist reports on a minor development, uses some colourful language ('scuttled'), Twitter goes beserk and now Slashdot is reporting that the whole thing is over.

One senator changing his mind doesn't mean the plan is over. It's still official Government policy. A live trial is still being conducted by six ISPs.

Having one less senator who might support the plan is fine, but the Government can water the plan down slightly, pursue a non-legislative means of getting the filtering enacted, or call a new election at any time. Until the Government publicly backs off from the plan, we need to fight it.

This is really going to throw the spanner into the works of our ability to drum up public opposition (I'm with Electronic Frontiers Australia).

more than 5 years ago

Verizon.net Finally Moving Email To Port 587

coljac Remembering credentials?! (195 comments)

I like the suggestion that people are somehow lax in security because their mail client remembers their password. Who are these guys who type the password in every 3 minutes when they check their mail?

more than 5 years ago

Stardock Tried To Make Star Control, Master of Orion Sequels

coljac Re:Big whoop... (125 comments)

Hee hee. Nice joke, hunam.

I still have the original box-cover stuck on my office wall.

When I was young and when I played this awesome game, I wrote the publisher a fan letter. They sent me back an SC2 jigsaw puzzle! I wish I still had that sucker.

more than 6 years ago



Union Wants Overtime for Blackberry Use

coljac coljac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

coljac (154587) writes "A union in Canada, where the Blackberry orginated, has called for Blackberry use to count as overtime. "We have old clauses in our collective agreement that cover standby pay, but these clauses have to be updated because these devices have changed the definition of work and being called after-hours," said Ed Cashman, regional vice president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). The Canadian Government has indicated it is willing to talk about the issue, but some have warned that winning such a claim would "legitimize" Blackberry use at home: "How can you compensate someone for their divorce, the fact that their kids hate them or don't know them?""
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