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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

sstrick Peace prize? (343 comments)

The key word here is "peace".

His releases about the Australian government spying on the Indonesian President has greatly raised tension between the nations and seen violent protests on the streets.

This is one (of several poorly timed events) that have caused Indonesia to deploy naval assets in the waters between Australia and themselves (again not the sole reason, but a contributing factor).

Give him a medal for something else but a peace prize? How exactly is he helping to bring peace to the world?

about 8 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

sstrick Re:History rewritten (599 comments)

By the time it go to this stage, it was much more then just regaining access over some routers. It was a full audit of the network and all devices to find what other backdoors he might have left.

about a year ago

Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meeting

sstrick Re:Microsoft (521 comments)

Not sure if you have heard of their gaming appliances.... the Xbox and KINECT.....

End of the day Microsoft have been late to market on some key trends (going back as far as missing the early internet days). However the speed they have been able to catch back up to the market has been astounding. I would include their dedicated gaming tech as an example of this. The question is can they continue to do this in the future?

There is also a lot of Apple comparisons in the comments, and it should be realised that while the Apple share price has grown, they came back from a fairly low base. Ten years ago it was concievable that they were going under.

Microsoft is still a reasonable stock to have in your portfolio, I just wouldn't have it as your only stock.

more than 2 years ago

Finding Fault With Qantas' RFID Baggage Tracking System

sstrick My personal experience (106 comments)

OK... I've used this 6 times so far and everytime it has worked first time. I like it as a system (although it is confusing for elderly or tech illerate people). Basically you just have to print your own boarding card and then drop your bag on a conveyor belt.

Checking in with bags now takes 2-3 minutes. I am not sure why the jar in the test did not scan, but it was a pity it was done with one sample only (a small object). With a normal sized suit bag it has worked for me first time all 6 times I have tried and most importantly the luggage has been at the other end each time when I arrived.

more than 3 years ago

Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates

sstrick Re:The full judgement (131 comments)

Even in Aus we have more then one provider.....

more than 3 years ago

Recording the Police

sstrick Re:and we should also... (515 comments)

I worked for a large department store in Australia. During training we were taught that of "shrinkage" (stock missing without a sale), the following was true:
- 20% was due to damage of goods
- 40% external theft
- 40% internal staff theft

Now that was stock and not cash from the tills, so if you add cash to the stock the parent might not be that far off. Plus this was in a large store where you where constantly surrounded by other people.

more than 3 years ago

Would You Take a One-Way Ticket To Mars?

sstrick Re:Yes, even if it kills me (561 comments)

Fair enough for you, but I would rather live doing something meaningful. Raising my children.

more than 3 years ago

Excitement about U.S. mid-term elections:

sstrick Re:Why choose between incompetence and hypocrisy.. (750 comments)

What you really need (I'm not American) is a preferential voting system. You will never get another party in a first-past-the-post system.

more than 3 years ago

Criminals Steal House Thanks To Hacked Email

sstrick Re:So what's the deal here. (227 comments)

The issue here is that this law is not normally used to cover the theft of a house (in fact this is the first time it has happened in Australia). Imagine if this was a car, someone buys it (innocently) and uses it for 2 years.

Would you prefer the car back after two years of use, or the value of it when it was stolen?

This is a pretty unusual case and as we know the law is one size fits all.

about 4 years ago

Criminals Steal House Thanks To Hacked Email

sstrick Re:So what's the deal here. (227 comments)

Not if a reasonable man would have suspected it was stolen. This law protects the innocent, such as this case, someone who purchased a house through a legitimate real estate agent.

If you buy a DVD player from the back of a pub and it turns out to be stolen, then you have to give it back and would be lucky not to be charged with being in reciept of stolen goods.

about 4 years ago

Criminals Steal House Thanks To Hacked Email

sstrick Scares the hell out of me (227 comments)

This does, although I am still not sure how the scammers got hold of the original certificate of title. Here in WA this is still a piece of paper and the settlement agent must have it to complete the transaction.

It can be replaced although it is extremely difficult to do so (trust me, I lost one).

about 4 years ago

Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

sstrick Re:Bloodless? (419 comments)

All smothering.....

No seriously I think the "bloodless coup" bit was more a statement of disappointment that we did not thin out the political gene pool a bit with a few lynchings.

more than 4 years ago

Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

sstrick Re:"First Female PM" is not news. (419 comments)

While I like to think of myself as being a open minded as the next person, I do not believe that equality should extended to the head of government.

Right now I am sure the other countries are laughing at our choice for PM.

We appointed a wranger, that right a red head as our prime minister! What she is female? That irrelevant, a red head did you hear!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Shoots Own Foot In Iceland

sstrick Re:Article text here. (476 comments)

Quote "The easiest switch would be to go to from Microsoft Office. This switch is easy because not only is superior software in every respect ...".

Looks like a nice impartial artice.

more than 5 years ago

Police Restrict Public Photography

sstrick Old News (490 comments)

This is from a few weeks ago and more careful examination showed that it was a storm in a tea cup. A few people were warned by an individual officer. They were not stopped from taking photos and it is not police policy.

It was simply one police office making a comment.

It must be a slow news week.

more than 8 years ago


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