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Newspaper Execs Hold Secret Meeting To Discuss Paywalls

kaos07 Re:The Benefits of Subscription (390 comments)

Good comment.

I'm a subscriber to the independent Australia media service Crikey. It costs me more than $100 a year so why do I do it? Pretty much all the reasons you've listed.

Dozens and dozens of articles everyday on politics, media, culture, lifestyle, the environment and sport. Some really good quality journalism, often by ex-mainstream media journalists and opinion pieces from well known individuals. A lot of the time they break stories as well, which the papers then play catch up with the next day.

Convenient access! I'll say. All the stories emailed to your inbox (on your computer or phone) as a digest every day and links to the stories progressively twittered as they are published.

When I signed up I got a free t-shirt designed by the resident cartoonist. Lots of merch available as well.

I feel absolutely no sympathy for the Murdoch press or anyone else in the old model of media. This is the way the new media should be run. It's great.

more than 5 years ago
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Australia To Build Fiber-To-the-Premises Network

kaos07 Re:Woah, they actually did the right thing? (300 comments)

They've committed themselves to structural reform and floated not only the idea of complete open-access for this network (which is a given, this lot is far more clever than the previous bunch) but forcing separation on the existing copper network.

more than 5 years ago
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Australia To Build Fiber-To-the-Premises Network

kaos07 Re:It's always the same 90% (300 comments)

Rubbish. Do a tiny bit of research. NO ONE in Australia has access to 100mbps. SOME people have cable (10mbps) and SOME people live next door to the DSLAM and get 24mbps ADSL2+. I live in the inner-city, but I'm stuck between two exchanges so I only get 8-10mbps. Me, and 90% of Australia will be getting fibre to the home and speeds of 100mbps. Unfortunately for rural folk, it's completely un-feasible to roll out fibre to every backwater town. So to make up for that, they're getting what they were promised at the last election - 12mbps.

more than 5 years ago
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Some Of Australia's Tubes Are About To Be Filtered

kaos07 Re:You know... (339 comments)

And one of the ISP's, Webshield, is only known because it's business model is based on already offering a "clean-feed" connection.

more than 5 years ago
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National Censorship Plan Offensive, Says Aussie Shadow Minister

kaos07 Re:haha boil the ocean (116 comments)

What a rubbish post. "Rolling back of benefits"? Er no. Seniors are actually receiving thousands of dollars in cash bonus' on top of their fortnightly stipends and this is to pre-empt the conclusion in the report into pensions due for release in the next few months. As for "families having babies" you're presumably talking about the means test for the baby bonus. Prior to the means test, everyone who had a baby got a cheque for $5000 - a blatant bribe. Now, that cheque is only available for people earning less than $150,000, which frankly, is still way to high.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Lays Off Entire Flight Sim Team

kaos07 Contract it out (162 comments)

They'll probably contract out the development of the next Flight Sim, if they choose to develop it. Firing the dev team helps their balance sheet in the short term and when they choose to develop it they might lease the license or hire an external company to develop the game.

more than 5 years ago
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A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

kaos07 What rubbish (931 comments)

Obviously the teacher can't do this. But WTF is happening to Slashdot. Since when is a question posted on an unnamed off-topic forum a reasonable story?

more than 5 years ago
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Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

kaos07 Re:The world had its taste of freedom... (309 comments)

Simple example to show the flaw in your logic. You think viewing numbers for a program like House in now reflect the future production of the show? Of course they do, just like with EVERYTHING ELSE. Child porn is not static, it's continually being made. Of course you're not a pedophile as watching child porn doesn't seem to fit your definition of that.

more than 5 years ago
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Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

kaos07 Re:The world had its taste of freedom... (309 comments)

You're an idiot and your circular logic is pathetic. Yes, if no one watched child porn it would continue to be made. Yes, watching something in no way contributes to it's supply. I think only one group of people defend those who watch child porn with such a stupid argument and I bet you know who they are.

more than 5 years ago
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Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

kaos07 Re:The world had its taste of freedom... (309 comments)

He's creating the demand for it... You're whole premise is that if no one watched child porn it would still exist. That's ridiculous.

more than 5 years ago
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Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

kaos07 Re:The world had its taste of freedom... (309 comments)

Your post doesn't make any sense.

Yes, the person viewing child porn may not be out molesting, but he's viewing a child being molested... So in the end, you're still getting children being molested and filmed. Unless of course, you think it's reasonable to throw a few kids into the fire to potentially lower child molestation rates in other parts of the world/country, thus taking the burden completely off the paedophile.

more than 5 years ago
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The Inexact Science of Carbon Neutrality

kaos07 Re:The Indulgence of Global Warming Religion (302 comments)

Right, because "sin" is "all the elements of religion". On that logic you could pretty much call scientists proclaiming the dangers of lung cancer as a religious cult.

Equating decades of scientific research to a story tale about a Jewish carpenter and his drinking buddies is ridiculous.

more than 5 years ago
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In the next 12 months, the Middle East will be ...

kaos07 Re:Sudden Peace? (1067 comments)

Er, ok. So Hamas is shooting and missing and you have beef with them. Israel is shooting and hitting thousands of civilians and you ignore them. Interesting.

more than 5 years ago
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In the next 12 months, the Middle East will be ...

kaos07 Re:Sudden Peace? (1067 comments)

This "Omg rockets" nonsense has to stop right now. In eight years, 20 Israeli's have been killed by rocket fire from Gaza. 20. Over eight years. In roughly a week, Israel has killed 500 Palestinians. That says enough.

more than 5 years ago
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Aussie Net Filtering Trial Delayed

kaos07 Re:Proud to be an American... (83 comments)

Which is why, of course, the current Prime Minister and the majority of the caucus are Anglican.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows Cheap Enough For $2B Aussie Laptop Deal

kaos07 Re:Summary incorrect (234 comments)

No, it's not a replacement for anything. this was a pre-election promise that is now a policy. The 9-12 "bracket" was what was decided by the Government. It may actually be 10-12, bot 100%. Either way the summary is incorrect and giving laptops to 12 year olds would be ridiculous.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows Cheap Enough For $2B Aussie Laptop Deal

kaos07 Re:Technical reasons? (234 comments)

No, the government never ruled out Microsoft. A third-party report stated that Linux would be the cheapest option and MS too expensive.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows Cheap Enough For $2B Aussie Laptop Deal

kaos07 Re:Technical reasons? (234 comments)

The reason is that the government needs to consider all reasonable options and can't simply dismiss the biggest software provider in the world without potentially opening itself up to claims that the tender process was prohibitive.

more than 5 years ago

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Memory stick with prisoners' addresses lost in UK

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes "A contractor working for the Home Office has lost a computer memory stick stick containing personal details about tens of thousands of criminals. The lost data includes details about 10,000 prolific offenders as well as information on all 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales. The loss is the latest in a string of lost data incidents for the government, including stolen laptops, lost computer discs and memory sticks and files left on trains. Earlier this month the BBC apologised after a memory stick containing the personal details of hundreds of children who had applied to take part in a TV show was stolen from a vehicle. The Government says the information in this latest case was not encrypted."
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Google Growth Slows, Microsoft Profit Soars

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  about 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes "Two important company sets of company figures were released today. The first show Google's growth and revenue for this quarter were slowing and were substantially lower than what economists were predicting. Stanford Group analyst Clayton Moran interpreted the performance as "confirmation that there is a slowdown in Internet advertising that's affecting Google." On the other hand, Microsoft profits for the same period jumped 42 per cent, attributable to strong sales of the more tangible Office and Windows software. It should be noted that Google profits aren't actually slumping, but that there is a definite downward trend in revenue and personnel growth. Does the contrasting increased growth of Microsoft show inherent weaknesses in the online pay-per-click revenue model? If so, how can companies who are built entirely around this model secure a new revenue stream?"
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Logged in or out, Facebook is watching you

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  about 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes "Researchers at software vendor CA have discovered that social networking site Facebook is able to track the buying habits of its users on affiliated third-party sites even when they are logged out of their account or have opted out of its controversial "Beacon" tracking service. Responding to privacy concerns, Facebook has since moved to reassure users that it only tracks and publishes data about their purchases if they are both logged in to Facebook and have opted-in to having this information listed on their profile. But in "extremely disconcerting" findings that directly contradict these assurances, researchers at CA's Security Advisory service have found that data about these transactions are sent to Facebook regardless of a user's actions."
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Australian Musician "Duped" Into Anti-Pira

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes ""An artist featured in a new campaign pushed by the Australian music industry to discourage illegal file sharing and change the public's perception that musicians live like royalty says he was duped into joining an anti-piracy "witch hunt". Frenzal Rhomb guitarist Lindsay McDougall, also a radio presenter at Triple J, told the Herald he was furious at being "lumped in with this witch hunt" and that he had been "completely taken out of context and defamed" by the Australian music industry, which funded the video. "I would never be part of this big record industry funded campaign to crush illegal downloads, I'm not like [Metallica drummer] Lars Ulrich. I think it's bullshit, I think it's record companies crying poor and I don't agree with it."""
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Miami Police To Use Pilot-less Drone

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes ""Miami police could soon be the first in the United States to use cutting-edge, spy-in-the-sky technology to beef up their fight against crime. A small pilot-less drone manufactured by Honeywell International, capable of hovering and "staring" using electro-optic or infrared sensors, is expected to make its debut soon in the skies over the Florida Everglades. If use of the drone wins Federal Aviation Administration approval after tests, the Miami-Dade Police Department will start flying the 14-pound (6.3 kg) drone over urban areas with an eye toward full-fledged employment in crime fighting.""
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Quitting Facebook Gets Easier

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes ">Aiming to address the privacy concerns of disenchanted users, Facebook said on Tuesday that it was trying to make it easier for people to delete their accounts permanently from the social networking site. On Monday, Facebook modified its help pages to tell people that if they wanted to remove their accounts entirely, they can direct the company by e-mail to have it done. But on Tuesday, representatives of Facebook stopped short of saying the company would introduce a one-step delete account option. The updated Facebook help page now includes the question "How do I delete my account?" The answer: "If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, we can take care of this for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added.""
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Duke Nukem Forever Trailer Tomorrow

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes "3D Realms main man George Broussard has dropped word (http://forums.3drealms.com/vb/showthread.php?t=29639/) that a trailer for the elusive Duke Nukem Forever will be released tomorrow, no joke.

"Last Saturday we had our annual company Christmas party. It was a lot of fun as usual but it featured one special surprise," explained Broussard. "It turns out that several people had been secretly working late nights and into the wee hours of the morning preparing a special video for those at the party. They created a short teaser for Duke Nukem Forever. After seeing the teaser we thought it was something we should share with all of you and while it's just a teaser, rest assured more is coming.

Accompanying this massive announcement was a single in-engine screenshot. http://forums.3drealms.com/vb/attachment.php?s=4323b7d2c0b4dc12919f0f2f9ae9cc11&attachmentid=8272&d=1198015727/"
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First Review Of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes "In anticipation of [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] 7.10's release on Thursday, Wired has a [URL="http://www.wired.com/software/softwarereviews/news/2007/10/ubuntu_gutsy"]review[/URL] review which walks through the installation and some basic features such as music and video playback, as well as the new 3D desktop. Once again, it appears that the Ubuntu team and community have succeeded in creating a simple yet feature-rich OS which is accessible to all computer users and is a direct competitor to Mac OS X and Windows Vista."
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Halo 3 Leaked.

kaos07 kaos07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaos07 (1113443) writes "The inevitable has happened. Arguably one of the most hyped games of this year, Halo 3, has been leaked. Six days before the game's official US launch it's been found on various torrent sites in the form of 154 .rar files. User comments show it's the real thing, however a modded Xbox360 is required."

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