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Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

downundarob Re:Not only in the US... (168 comments)

The newly elected (Sep 2013) Australian Government no longer has a Science Minister.

about 3 months ago
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High-Gain Patch Antennas Boost Wi-Fi Capacity In Crowded Lecture Halls

downundarob This is not news (104 comments)

I was told by a ham radio operator back in the day that a radio setup is only ever as good as its antenna system (and that includes the coax and feedline) to me this simply sounds like they finally listened to the old man in the crew.

about 5 months ago
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Google Loses Autocomplete Defamation Case

downundarob Share and Enjoy (258 comments)

Perhaps the Italian Justice System should 'go stick its head in a pig'.

about 3 years ago
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SABAM Wants Truckers To Pay For Listening To Radio

downundarob Re:That's just unfair (337 comments)

I used to be a taxi driver here in .au, many years ago something similar happened with a big fuss from APRA/AMCOS going after hair dressers and the like for playing music in their stores. I phone APRA for clarification and was told that playing music in my taxi was not considered a public performance, (as the passenger could ask for it to be turned off/ stations changed etc). Strange how different countries can see the same thing in a different light?

about 3 years ago
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

downundarob Re:Samsung Support (161 comments)

Really?? Still waiting for my 2.2 upgrade, but it is Telstra Australia I'm waiting on, so it may be 2015 before that happens.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Stats Agency Goes Open Source

downundarob Re:XML? that's so 1990 (51 comments)

Does anyone else feel like they just looked at some COBOL source when looking at the YAML example?

more than 3 years ago
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10 OSes We Left Behind

downundarob Re:Bastards! (562 comments)

I have a 1024STe and an 1024STfm for sale (plus a coloUr and mono monitor) designed for 240Volts.

Was working when they were last used.

In original boxes.

Based in Australia, email me if our interested.

about 5 years ago
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Email-only Providers?

downundarob happy customer (601 comments)

www.mail2web.com for webbified access to the email, and myhosting.com for a basic hosting service has worked for me for many years.

[disclaimer: I have no commercial affiliation with these people, I am a satisfied customer]

more than 5 years ago

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Apple gain patent for blindingly obvious

downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "According to The register Apple have been granted patent 8,046,721 “A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture.”"
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Oz.Dems Announce new Technoclgy Policy Coordinator

downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 4 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "The Australian Democrats have announced a new Technology Policy Coordinator, Anti-Clean Feed Campaigner Geordie Guy. Currently a board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia, Mr Guy has been an active figure in the fight against internet censorship — the so-called 'Clean Feed' — proposed by the Rudd Government. He is a computer systems architect with a decade of experience working with business and people in the IT industry itself as well as other markets and a qualified network engineer."
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gov.au tells parents they too st00pid for intarweb

downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "Senator Nick Minchin , the Australian Shadow Minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, has written (or more likely a staffer has written) this interesting article on the Australian Federal Governments continued zeal to enforce ISP level filtering in Australia. In the article he posits "Underlying the Rudd Government's plan to screen the internet is an offensive message: that parents cannot be trusted to mind their children online.". Meanwhile, we wait for filtering trials to start, trials that have been delayed and which have next-to-no support among the industry. Telstra BigPond — Australia's largest ISP — has refused to take part, comparing internet filtering to "like trying to boil the ocean". The third largest, iiNet, is prepared to participate to highlight flaws."
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finding a 'good' and 'helpful' shoutcast host

downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

downundarob writes "I'm looking after the audio streaming for a local speedway racing circuit, so over the last few weekes I've been looking for a shoutcast hosting service to suit my needs. Easy you think? It doesnt seem that way! Last season the system was designed in a hurry and utilised WinMedia, thus cutting off those who couldn't avail themselves of it, so this year I thought I would go with Shoutcast/Icecast for mp3/ogg streaming, and to top it off would use the Java applet available from Javazoom the problem being that java security requires the applet to be hosted within the same domain as the stream originates from and the webhost provider doesnt do shoutcast. Do you think I can find a shoutcast hosting provider that hosts this file? The guys at Server Room claim to support it, but their support service tells me its a 'plugin I have to install on my machine' and when I point out the error of their ways simply stop responding to the chat. So I'm still looking for a shoutcast (or Icecast) hosting provider that will assist in the hosting of this file. Any takers?"
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The Woz says, Aussie broadband plans 'Adequate'.

downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 6 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "In a story here Steve Wozniak has described the targeted data transmission speeds of Australia's national broadband network as "adequate... though not ultimate". One of the cornerstones of the Federal Government's election platform was its AU$4.7 billion (about US$4.39 trillion) pledge to rollout a fibre-to-the-node national broadband network. This would bring speeds of at least 12 megabits per second (Mbps) to 98 per cent of the population."
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downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "From a story at el reg (home of BOFH) comes this article:

If you read just one thing over the holiday break, make sure it's Peter Gutmann's cost analysis of Windows Vista, here. It's an eye opening 20 minutes. Gutmann describes in great detail the various measures Microsoft has taken to lock down Windows on behalf of Hollywood. This isn't a comprehensive look at all of Vista's DRM — Gutmann barely touches on Microsoft's new activation framework; (this is beyond the scope of his enquiry.) In order to playback HD-DVD and BluRay content, Microsoft agreed to degrade video and audio functionality in Windows. Gutmann points out that when "premium" content is being played, component video — YPbPr — and S/PDIF interfaces are disabled. Third party hardware that fails to obey these orders may have it's "certified" status revoked by Microsoft — leaving the user with minimal (eg VGA) functionality. With the introduction of tilt bits, all of the designed-in resilience is gone. Every little (normally unnoticeable) glitch is suddenly surfaced because it could be a sign of a hack attack. The effect that this will have on system reliability should require no further explanation. In short, the Vista specifications explicitly cripple the PC."
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downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history, says Peter Guttman from Auckland University in New Zealand in this article. Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources.These issues affect not only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server)."
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downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a court ruling has given the recording industry the green light to go after individuals who link to material from their websites, blogs or MySpace pages that is protected by copyright.

A full bench of the Federal Court of Australia yesterday upheld an earlier ruling that Stephen Cooper, the operator of mp3s4free.net, as well as the internet service provider that hosted the website, were guilty of authorising copyright infringement because they provided a search engine through which a user could illegally download MP3 files.

The website did not directly host any copyright-protected music, but the court held that simply providing links to the material effectively authorised copyright infringement.

Dale Clapperton, vice-chairman of the non-profit organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia, explained the ruling as follows: "If you give someone permission to do something that infringes copyright, that in itself is infringement as if you'd done it yourself. Even if you don't do the infringing act yourself, if you more or less condone someone else doing it, that's an infringing act.""
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downundarob downundarob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

downundarob (184525) writes "According to the story here Western Australia is to trial Daylight Savings for a three year period, commencing on December 1 this year. Lets hope all the OS vendors can get their TZ databases patched up before then."

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