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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

rjch Re:Don't they have an fiber to the node cable netw (229 comments)

It's also not available to all people within that area. I live in an area covered by both Telstra and Optus cable, but can connect to neither since I live in a unit. Neither Telstra nor Optus will connect their HFC network to units.

about 10 months ago
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Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013

rjch Re:New Search Engine (117 comments)

So, if it dies, which new movies will you enjoy?

About as many as I currently do. Basically none.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

rjch Re:The only fix for vampire draw (424 comments)

RTFA. One of the things the guy tried was to put a current draw device between the wall socket and the car and proved that it hadn't drawn any current overnight and that the power consumed had come from the car's batteries.

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

rjch Re:Import duties (206 comments)

There's a word for this: fraud.

No, the word is "legitimate". Import duty to Australia basically consists of the 10% Goods and Services Tax, and consumer goods shipped to Australia valued at under $1000 are specifically excluded. This isn't taking advantage of a loophole in the law caused by weird interpretations, it's a very specific exemption.

about 10 months ago
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Kepler-78b: The Earth-Like Planet That Shouldn't Exist

rjch Re:"2000 Degrees," eh? (110 comments)

Celsius? Fahrenheit? Kelvin? Rankine? What kind of idiots are they hiring at Discovery.com nowadays?

When you're talking about those kind of temperatures, it hardly matters. Rock melts at anywhere between 700 to 1200 degrees Celsius. 2000 degrees Fahrenheit is about 1100 degrees Celsius - still hot enough for rock to at least partially melt.

In any case, there are only *two* temperature scales that you have quoted there that result in different answers. The only difference between Kevin and Celsius is the base temperature - a difference of one degree Kelvin is exactly the same as a difference of one degree Celsius. Same goes for Fahrenheit vs Rankine.

about a year ago
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Kepler-78b: The Earth-Like Planet That Shouldn't Exist

rjch Re:It's a Big Universe (110 comments)

But the size of the universe that we can observe planets in is not even approximately infinite. The number of stars within the range we can observe planets in is only about 1e+9 (!!). Small planets like the one in question are much harder to observe and could not plausibly be discovered at that kind of range, so maybe only 1e+6. We have only actually observed the tiniest fraction of that, so much smaller. That 99.99999% would suggest that this planet should not have been discovered. Even if it were 99.99%, I suspect we wouldn't have found this planet. The outliers we're finding at the moment shouldn't be *real* outliers, not in a galactic scale.

You need to learn the math of percentages better and appreciate the size of the galaxy and the universe that we live in. even 0.01% of one million (1e+6) is a hundred planets. Bear in mind that the most distant exoplanet we've detected so far is in a different *galaxy* (21500 +- 3300 light years away) that puts a massive number of stars within range - certainly billions, possibly trillions, not just millions. Remember that there are estimated to be 400 billion stars in the Milky Way alone. Do you truly believe we can only see one out of four hundred of those stars?

When you're dealing with numbers on that sheer scale, you can be fairly sure that even if there's only a minuscule chance of something happening, it will have happened many, many times.

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

rjch Re:Perception is Reality (505 comments)

By that reasoning (source site is "biased") one might also say that we can't trust anything Microsoft says about their own product, either

You'll notice that my comparison did not to Microsoft (or it's fans) vs it's own products, it's Microsoft vs a competitor's product.

You can trust that Microsoft will paint their own products in the best light, but you can't trust what they have to say about Linux or OSX will be factual and accurate. The article I was referring to above was titled "125 reasons not to buy a Windows Phone 7.5" - the title alone should tell anyone with half a brain that it's unlikely to be objective.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

rjch Re:Perception is Reality (505 comments)

Except the reality is Windows Phone [was] is not very good, [125 REASONS NOT TO BUY A WINDOWS PHONE 7.5 http://my-symbian.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=44034%5D.

Referring us to the web site of a competitor's product to convince us that Windows mobile is not good is about as asinine as referring us to Microsoft's web site to prove that OSX is a bad operating system. They're not going to be impartial!

Even if my-symbian.com isn't a site run by Nokia, it's going to be a site run by fanboys who are even less likely to be impartial.

about a year and a half ago
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The Pirate Bay Claims It Is Now Hosting From North Korea

rjch Re:Not yet (309 comments)

Generally I've found a good rule of thumb is that any republic that includes "People's" in the title is almost always the repressive one.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) vs Republic of Korea (South Korea)
People's Republic of China (Mainland China) vs Republic of China (Taiwan)

about a year and a half ago
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NASA's 'Inspirational' Mars Flyby

rjch Re:800 days without any possibly of escape (108 comments)

Space exploration is to sea exploration like ... well, like hard vacuum is to getting stranded on a beach:

There's (forgive the pun) astronomically less chance of surviving a fuckup in space.

Not a fair comparison. What you should have said is along the lines of Space exploration is to sea exploration like a hard vacuum is to many hundreds or thousands of PSI of water pressure crushing you. Either way, you're stuffed if something serious goes wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Google In Battle With Its Own Lawyers

rjch Re:So, (271 comments)

We're talking lawyers here.

But if you can't trust your lawyer, who can you trust?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: P2P Liability On a Shared Connection?

rjch Re:Throw as much mud as they can (346 comments)

If you are renting would the landlord be targetted?

Don't know if they would get targeted, but are you kidding? Landlords aren't held liable for anything. They just make risk-free money from rent.

Are you kidding? Unless the landlord is operating a dump he intends to fill with people who have no other options, a landlord is taking a huge risk that a tenant may:-
* Not pay the rent. (not all landlords own the property outright and many have a fairly hefty mortgage on it)
* Cause significant damage to the property and (in the case of multiple occupancy dwellings) others that the landlord *will* be left holding the bag on if the tenants disappear ...not to mention the costs associated with maintaining a property, paying rates, insurances, agents fees and so on. IANAL, and I'm only barely a landlord (as of 2 days ago when I moved out of the house I'd been occupying for 7 years into an apartment) but being a landlord isn't the easy ride many/most think it is.

about 3 years ago
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Celebrities Flock To Reserve .xxx Domains

rjch Re:This is stupid (148 comments)

I think the idea is to force all porn sites across to the .xxx domain eventually, which will make parental controls much easier to configure and enforce - hell, it could become a feature of your ISP that all .xxx domains are blocked by default, but can be enabled on request. (in the same way a few ISPs here in Australia block ports 25, 80, 135, 139 and 443 by default, but these port blocks can be removed simply by logging in to your account and disabling the port blocking)

more than 3 years ago
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Celebrities Flock To Reserve .xxx Domains

rjch .xxx domain rules? (148 comments)

What rules are applied to this domain? If (for example) someone registers something like universal.xxx, would Universal Studios be able to challenge the validity of this domain in the same way as if someone registered universal_studios.com?

more than 3 years ago
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L.A. Artist Contemplates Future Traffic Flow, With Hot Wheels

rjch Re:This is bad. As if downing the 405 wasn't enoug (118 comments)

The problem is a lack of rapid transit. Cars alone cannot deal with the traffic of a large, dense city.

But of course, American's would never do something as sensible as vote to build rapid, socialist, transit, when highly subsidised roads, gas, etc.. are so free market.

I was over in California in April/May this year for a holiday and it amazed me just how fragmented and confusing the public transportation was. San Francisco was okay (even if BART was ear-splittingly loud) but LA was atrocious. Different fare structures for just about everything, seemingly no attempt whatsoever to match bus and "train" services and as often as not, two or three separate operators at the edge of coverage zones.

I still think Melbourne's public transport system isn't that great - it's fairly expensive and anywhere between 10-20% of services run late or get cancelled. But for a city that's about three times the size of Melbourne, Los Angeles' public transportation is a bad joke.

more than 3 years ago
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Bethesda Tells Minecraft Creator: Cease and Desist

rjch Re:Can't you not (200 comments)

An yet several companies have the word apple in them...

You don't need to even have the word "apple" in your business name to have Apple come after you. Woolworths in Australia changed their logo to one that resembles apple peel, and Apple went after them.

more than 3 years ago
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The Next Firefox UI

rjch Re:when it's not broken, do not fix it. (401 comments)

when it's not broken, do not fix it.

I would have said that given the overhaul of the UI in FireFox 4.0, that when it's not broken, don't fix it again.

more than 3 years ago
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CentOS Linux 6.0 Released

rjch Re:Finally! (184 comments)

That's all well and good, but when you go four years between releases, that creates unnecessary problems with old software. Ubuntu does not have this issue. Even if you stick to the LTS releases, their software isn't so old as to cause serious incompatibilities with software you may need to install that aren't in the repositories.

more than 3 years ago
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CentOS Linux 6.0 Released

rjch Re:i386 (184 comments)

Most netbooks are 32-bit x86 (i386.) It's not safe to assume x64 is universal among PC's yet.

It's pretty close to entirely safe to assume these processors are at least 486 or 586 based - if not 686. After all, the first processors to support the i686 instruction set were released in November 1995!

more than 3 years ago
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CentOS Linux 6.0 Released

rjch Re:Finally! (184 comments)

Enterprises don't use Ubuntu. RHEL (and thus CentOS) are still 'in favour'.

Absolutely not true. I've worked for three companies now that used Ubuntu. Often times, they stuck to the LTS release for extra stability and longevity, but they're still using Ubuntu. CentOS is very often a long way behind - after all, CentOS 5.0 was released over four years ago. I've had trouble maintaining an ageing MediaWiki site running on CentOS since MediaWiki have recently dropped support for PHP 4 - which is still the only version of PHP available in the main repositories for CentOS 4.

Sticking with older software versions (patched with security updates) isn't a bad thing - letting them decay so that admins are forced to rely on third-party repos with unknown compatibility issues or conflicts is something else entirely.

more than 3 years ago

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Nintendo on the hunt for more scalps

rjch rjch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rjch writes "After it's recent win in the Australian Federal courts, Nintendo is now on the prowl for other companies to sue.

"Nintendo will pursue those who attempt to jeopardise the gaming industry by using all means available to it under the law. In particular, Nintendo is currently contemplating bringing further actions against other sellers of game copying devices in Australia,"

The game company said since 2008, it had pursued over 800 actions in 16 countries to stop game piracy, confiscating "well over" half a million game copiers for the Nintendo DS. The company said piracy affected sales, the price of video games, and employment in the video game industry."

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