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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

mathew42 I still like my WinXP VMs (650 comments)

I like my Windows XP virtual machines running in VirtualBox. I can use them to connect to client VPNs without having the VPN client disrupt my network access, run different versions of software in separate environments, etc.

I could possibly consider moving to Windows 7, but apart from being able to search for programs from the Start menu, i really don't see any advantage. For a modern browser, Firefox & Chrome run perfectly when I need them.

I fully intend to keep running my WinXP VMs well into the future, but obviously not on the public internet. I probably should investigate using a Linux VM, but why change what works?

about 5 months ago
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Heat Waves In Australia Are Getting More Frequent, and Hotter

mathew42 Re:Total BS. (279 comments)

That the west, esp. USA, is dropping their emissions, but china alone, emits more each year that destroys those savings. IOW, China is increasing faster than what the entire west can cut. This does NOT include other nations.

What happens when you use a per head of population metric? A http://io9.com/this-map-shows-which-countries-are-contributing-the-mos-1502047155 ranks Australia as low, but our population is 22.7million (0.33%). Compare that with China (1.351 billion = 19.1%) or USA (317.5 million = 4.45%).

about 7 months ago
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Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

mathew42 Re:They have the money to do this (250 comments)

The two problems you need to solve are decedance and entitlement.

In Australia we've seen distinct waves of immigration: Europe after WWII, Vietnam in 70's. The parents work hard in low skilled jobs and push their kids to study hard. The kids become the doctors & lawyers, but the grandkids start to assimilate and don't work as hard. Coupled with this, the majority of society expects handouts from the government, but do not contribute back.

As for real men, what you are asking for is a benevolent dictator. The problem is very few have the moral character suitable for the job and they are almost always betrayed by corruption of the next couple of levels down.

Finally, I find it sad that rather than celebrating the achievement of the Chinese, there is more discussion about decay in the USA.

about 8 months ago
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New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

mathew42 Option on Google's driverless car? (290 comments)

The question I want to know is will this be an option on my first driverless car? It would be helpful if a button for circle work was also provided.

about 9 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

mathew42 Re:What's the speed limit of copper? (229 comments)

So does the $45 billiion and many of the assumptions about the roll out have been shown to be wrong.

about 9 months ago
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Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice

mathew42 Re:Nonsense! - GAPS diet (160 comments)

You might want to read Gut and Psychology Syndrome | GAPS Diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Some doctors in the UK and US are using this approach to treat autism with good results, but there no published studies that I'm aware of. The main focus points of the book are probiotics (like kefir) and eliminating artificial additives (e.g preservatives, colours & flavours), gluten and casein.

Friends with autistic children have noticed improvement by following the book, but as others have said autism is complex and not fully understood. We've noticed significant behavioural improvements, eczema cured and disappearnce of mystery ankle pains in our own non-autistic kids by eliminating presevatives, especially 282 found in many bread products. I wouldn't consider it scientifically proven but since the cost is minimal and risks (almost) non-existant, I would recommend trialing a GAPS diet.

Probiotics are now recommended by some doctors to restore gut health after a course of antibiotics.

about 9 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

mathew42 Re:Fuck you Rupert Murdoch! (229 comments)

The draft NBNCo Corporate Plan (2013) is available to understand what Labor were building. The reality is Labor turned the abundance of fibre into a scarce resource:

"As at 30 April 2013, 26% of NBN Co’s FTTP End-Users were on the highest available wholesale speed tier (100/40 Mbps), whilst 47% were on the entry-level wholesale speed tier (12/1 Mbps). These compare with 18% and 49% respectively forecast for FY2013 in the 2012-15 Corporate Plan."

Considering that it is $5 extra for 25Mbps, that 50% connected at 12Mbps are likely to place very low demands on their internet connection, making them perfect customers for mobile wireless especially if they use their mobile phone plan and once the heavier mobile wireless users migrate to a fixed line connection.

about 9 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

mathew42 Re:What's the speed limit of copper? (229 comments)

For an additional 20% now we could have a network that can deliver all of our demands for bandwidth for the next century.

Coalition plan: $29 billion, Labor plan: $45 billion. Last time I checked that is an additional 50%.

about 9 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

mathew42 Re:What's the speed limit of copper? (229 comments)

So if G.Fast can extend VDSL2 to 1 Gigabit at a couple hundred meters, are people really going to outgrow that by the end of the decade?

Since the average speed in Australia is 4.8mbit now it seems unlikely that people are going to be demanding 10gigabit connections in 7 years. Even 100mbit would be about 20 times their current average and VDSL2 can already do 100mbit for short distances.

In April 2013 according to the draft NBNCo Corporate Plan (2013) 47% of fibre connections were 12Mbps and the trend was up. The long term predictions out to 2028, show this barely changing while there is some movement in the faster plans (100Mbps) to even faster plans. In 2028 the percentage of 1Gbps is predicted to be still less than 5%.

about 9 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

mathew42 Re:Not an issue, provided... (229 comments)

And then when someone moves, and the previous occupier had fibre, but the new one doesnt want it, do you just leave that infrastructure floating?

One of the promises of fibre is that it is cheaper to maintain than copper so fibre on demand plans should be cheaper than FTTN of FTTP because the installation payment (~$3000) is made up front (or plan payments with ISP). Might sound expensive until you realise just the connection (AVC) for 1Gbps is $150/month to which you need to add RSP costs (including data at data (CVC) at $20/Mbps).

If youre going to do anything down a street you might as well do it just once, and get everyone on it in one go and then pull out the old infrastructure. They could probably recoup some of the build cost by recycling all of the copper they could pull out.

The problem is you need to find people who are willing to pay for the service. Current targets are for 70% of premises to connect and of that 50% will connect at 12Mbps and less than 5% connecting at 1Gbps in 2028.

about 9 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

mathew42 Re:Fuck you Rupert Murdoch! (229 comments)

This makes zero sense, since 25/5Mbps supports ample bandwith for HD video streaming. Telstra (50% owners of FoxTel) initially limited ADSL1 to 1.5Mbps to protect FoxTel and it was only when others installed their own DSLAMs that this limit was raised.

about 9 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

mathew42 FTTH: 47% connected at 12Mbps in April 2013 (229 comments)

The draft NBNCo Corporate Plan (2013) is available to understand what Labor were building. The reality is Labor turned the abundance of fibre into a scarce resource:

"As at 30 April 2013, 26% of NBN Co’s FTTP End-Users were on the highest available wholesale speed tier (100/40 Mbps), whilst 47% were on the entry-level wholesale speed tier (12/1 Mbps). These compare with 18% and 49% respectively forecast for FY2013 in the 2012-15 Corporate Plan."

In Australia, Labor planned both quotas (1TB being the largest available from most RSPs) and speed tiers from 12/1Mbps to 1Gbps. The plan was for less than 5% to have 1Gbps speeds in 2028! This is because the high cost of data to RSPs ($20/Mbps) will make 1Gbps plans expensive.

Only a truly incompetent government could succeed in building a FTTP network where 50% of connections are slower than HFC, FTTN, 4G and approaching half of ADSL2+ connections. Sadly many in Australia were distracted by the headline speeds and failed to appreciate what was being promised.

The best suggestion I've heard yet is to simply loan Google $20 billion interest free for two decades and ask them to build a wholesale network.

about 9 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

mathew42 Wait until Sony offer free PS4 (271 comments)

I'm waiting until Sony offer a deal on TVs which includes a free PS4. This is why I was able to purchase a PS3 without the wife complaining.

about 9 months ago
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Australia Spied On Indonesian President

mathew42 Re:Wrong reaction. (213 comments)

The point is that my government is doing that, and I strongly disapprove of it. Your government is doing that and you (perhaps) strongly disapprove of it. If we have the luck to live in democracies, it's our fucking duty to do something about it.

Actually, I'm not sure I disapprove of the Australian government spying on Indonesia. There are a number of issues in Indonesia that impact on Australia directly including: government stability, fundamentalist Islam, asylum seekers, human rights abuses (e.g Aceh, East Timor and West Papua). Having inside knowledge of the government's thoughts could prevent misteps and assist Australia in working with Indonesia using soft power.

History (Balibo Five, live cattle exports, suggests that Australia is not as skilled as we would like.

about 9 months ago
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Australia Spied On Indonesian President

mathew42 Re:Nearest neighbour (213 comments)

There are not enough sheep in Tasmania for there to be a synergy with New Zealand.

about 9 months ago
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

mathew42 Re:So, time to scrap TSA/airport security checks (208 comments)

In a democracy the elected member of the government are expandable. We can LITERALLY, replace them over night. They do no need extra 'security'. This is the strength of democracy; for as long as there are citizens we can find, among ourselves, a new leader to replace the previous one.

I'd suggest it is wise to provide elected members with an appropriate income and protection because theoretically it should reduce the ability of others to corrupt them. However I use the word theoretically because in many countries the influencers have become very sophisticated at manipulation.

about 9 months ago
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British Operator EE Offers £8 Million Petabyte 4G Data Bundle

mathew42 Re:£8 / GB is horrible!^H^H^H^H cheap (53 comments)

So, that's about $13 / GB. AT&T (ie. the global rip off artist of the century) basically charges $10 / GB to inividuals.

Cheap by Australian standards. Telstra charge $25 for 1GB, with excess data at 10c/MB or $40 with no excess data charges. You can pay $95 for 15GB with same excess data 10c/MB excess data charge. The prepaid option is even worse $20 for 250MB up to $180 for 12GB.

amaysim's $9.90 for 1GB or $29.90 for 4GB is about as cheap as it gets in Australia.

about 10 months ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

mathew42 Rest of world thankful USA has timezones (545 comments)

Speaking on behalf of the rest of the world, we are very thankful that the USA has timezones. I'm too scared to think what Windows would be like if it was written to support a single timezone.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

mathew42 Re:welcome to the socialist wonderland (206 comments)

Remember when you talk about the poor in the states, you're talking about an ever growing % of your population. People aren't getting dumber, so something must be happening...

Fetal alcohol syndrome could actually mean people are getting dumber. Secondly, looking at the current primary school kids in government schools from less socially well off areas, there is cause for concern that the education system is failing kids. Although having said that I'm not convinced that it is the education system, but more likely parents.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

mathew42 Re:welcome to the socialist wonderland (206 comments)

I live comfortably on about $500-700 per month in the Phoenix area.

Newstart (Unemployment) benefits are $501 fortnight in Australia for a single, no children. On top of that is rent assitance and medicare which provides (almost) free healthcare.

about 10 months ago

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