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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

jonwil What about Foxtel? (131 comments)

Does this stuff say anything about the performance (good or otherwise) of Rupert's other big Australian media asset, Foxtel?

4 days ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

jonwil Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (144 comments)

I recon if you were trying to convince someone to take security of critical infrastructure, one way to do it would be to show them Die Hard 4.0 (best example I know of when it comes to hackers breaking into infrastructure) and say "this may only be a Hollywood movie but do you want to be the one who said "no" to better security when that shit happens for real?"

about a week ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

jonwil Re:Another reason to boycott the big 4 banks (112 comments)

Considering that Citibank is part of the gang of big US banks directly responsible for the Global Financial Crisis through their dodgy practices and considering they are just as bad as the big 4 when it comes to doing evil crap, I wouldn't go with them either.

I used to be with the National once, then I switched to P&N Bank (formerly Police & Nurses credit society) who were really really good (and are the only WA based bank left). Then I moved to Queensland and wanted to switch banks to one that had branches here. After checking all my options (including a number of credit unions) I ended up with an account from the Bank of Queensland because they have both a GREAT zero-fee everyday bank account (with attached Visa Debit card) AND the best customer service I have ever gotten from ANY financial institution.

about two weeks ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

jonwil Another reason to boycott the big 4 banks (112 comments)

Anyone in Australia who hasn't at least considered one of the many smaller (and better) financial institutions instead of the big 4 banks (or one of their subsidiaries) is stupid, the smaller guys are just as good (if not better) than the big 4 when it comes to service, products etc and they dont do a lot of the crap the big 4 do.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

jonwil Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Plenty of people on the roads who only have licenses because the cops haven't caught them yet (driving dangerously, hooning, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving unsafe or un-roadworthy cars or otherwise doing things that put the lives of other road users at risk)

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

jonwil Which feature would you add to C++? (427 comments)

If you could add one feature to C++ (either the language or the standard library) and have it adopted in the C++ standard and supported by all the compilers etc, what would it be and why?

about two weeks ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

jonwil Re:5.5k for a Marimba? (137 comments)

I guess I am used to the world of electronic music where even a top-of-the-line keyboard would probably only cost $2-3k tops and a fairly good one from a name like Yamaha or Roland could probably be picked up for around $1k or so.

about three weeks ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

jonwil 5.5k for a Marimba? (137 comments)

How can a Marimba (which from a look at Google is similar to a Xylophone) cost so much money?

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

jonwil Re:great idea (81 comments)

Don't know where you come from but in Australia (and presumably in the various European countries mentioned in the summary as well) there are free-to-air TV channels broadcasting in DVB-T standard that do not require any special cards.

about three weeks ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

jonwil Surprised they haven't dropped N900 support (99 comments)

I am surprised the Skype app on my Nokia N900 continues to work after all this time (and after the phone has long been discontinued by Nokia)

about three weeks ago
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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

jonwil Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

It should be attached to a network fire-walled off from the Internet and only accessible if you are on the local LAN.

about three weeks ago
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NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

jonwil Re:American football (107 comments)

True on the padding, just look at the kind of injuries various Rugby League players are suffering and the pressure to change the rules to prevent such collisions.

about three weeks ago
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NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

jonwil Re:American football (107 comments)

I will never understand that game, here in Australia sports players dont wear padding and helmets and dont need the coach (or electronic gizmos) to tell them how to play or where to move.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

jonwil There has to be a middle ground... (218 comments)

There has to be a middle ground between the super-heavy regulation the taxi industry gets in most cities and the zero regulation that entities like Uber and such are currently subject to.

Bring in regulations that require:
All drivers driving for these companies must pass a background/driving history check (to make sure you dont have criminals driving for these companies or people with too many bad marks against their driving records).
All cars being used must pass a comprehensive safety inspection and roadworthy check before they can be used and then undergo annual inspections after that (to make sure the cars being used are safe and you dont have drivers driving with bald tyres or other faulty kits).
Companies must provide insurance coverage (with the minimum amounts set down in the regulations) for drivers (insurance that is active at all times when the driver is "on the clock" regardless of whether they are taking a passenger, heading to their next pickup or waiting around for a job)

Don't limit the number of cars or drivers.
Don't limit which vehicle models can be used for
Don't try and regulate the prices ride sharing entities can charge or the places they can operate to (including airports). Oh and don't require them to pay more money than anyone else either (e.g. requiring them to pay higher tolls than normal drivers or special surcharges at airports or other locations)
Don't require drivers to have expensive equipment (e.g. government-approved meters) in their cars.
Don't require drivers to have special paint schemes or logos or markings on their cars.
Don't require drivers to have special licenses.

With the companies dropping drivers who get bad reviews and the requirements for background checks to weed out the genuinely bad apples before things start, the risk of bad drivers is low (a driver who was driving erratically or speeding or driving whilst drunk would be quickly identified and given bad reviews/pushed out of the system. Same with a driver who e.g. threatened a passenger or tried to rob them)

If a passenger causes trouble (or worse tries to rob a driver or steal their car or beat them up) the driver can give the passenger a negative review or for more serious cases, report the passenger to the cops (who can find out the passengers details since all passengers are tracked through the ride-share systems)

about a month ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

jonwil Re:Sorry, but... why? (180 comments)

I did programming at school and I didn't find it boring in the least.

To be fair I was already super-interested in computers and programming by the time I started those classes and was easily writing programs above the level of the classwork even before I started. And the teachers knew what they were doing and how to teach things.

Heck, I still remember getting in trouble for trying to pirate VB4 off the machines in the computer labs or spending every lunch break in the labs using Netscape 3/4 to access the Internet over the schools ISDN line.

Or hosting my first website on the school servers (and getting to know the people in the school labs quite well). Or not knowing the ways of the world and putting my photograph (taken with an Apple QuickTake digital camera no less) on said website and seeing other students mess with that photograph in Photoshop.

Then again, this was a nice private school and these weren't government employees with some central bureaucracy telling them how things were going to be done, what they should teach and how they should teach it.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

jonwil Re:So glad I still have my Nokia N900 (544 comments)

The Neo900 is even better than anything those guys may come up with.

Basically its the same case, screen, keyboard, slider and bits as a N900 but with a newer CPU, more RAM/Flash, a cellular modem that can do LTE and a more up-to-date software stack. Oh and its got a USB port that wont break off if you look at it funny :)

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

jonwil Re:COST (544 comments)

If consumers will always flock to the cheap stuff why then do the physical keyboards still appear on the lower-end devices. The same "its cheaper not to have one" rule should apply there too...

about 1 month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

jonwil So glad I still have my Nokia N900 (544 comments)

Doesn't have an "app store", runs an OS most people (even many geeks) have probably never heard of but its got one of the best physical keyboards ever put onto a phone.

I intend to keep using my N900 until it either breaks and cant be fixed or until I can somehow afford to upgrade it to a Neo900 :)

about 1 month ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

jonwil Re:Vote (200 comments)

But what about if every politician you get to pick from is all spouting the same BS about why municipal broadband is bad?
Who do you vote for then?

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

jonwil I wear glasses and like it (550 comments)

I like it because I can get (and did get) free prescription sunglasses from my private health insurance (here in Australia I have one with cover for Optical). Laser surgery may be able to correct the vision but it doesn't do a thing about the high price of a pair of sunnies with sun protection as good as the sun protection in my nice pair of prescription sunnies :)

about a month ago

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