* Posts by Skydreamer

33 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Sep 2009

Optus: Australian telcos are RUBBISH

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Sorry about data charges - I hope that includes global roaming

Local data excess charges are bad enough - the horrendous cost of roaming data while overseas is even more unconscionable.

Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast


Re: Oddly enough...

Does this remind anybody of the black spaceship in "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"?

Maybe there are some Douglas Adams fan there?

Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER


"Sunshine" was pretty good...

...and why aren't there more movies like "Distaster Movie" or "Son of Mask" in the list?

Lesser-spotted Raspberry Pi FINALLY dished up



Harder to get these days -- now you have to put up with the brick toys being so heavily themed against popular movies that they bear little resemblance to the bricks of my youth.

Queensland Police go war driving


Re: Err....

Well it would seem they need to do it again -- it's been 3 years since the last sweep after all.

In my street I've noticed that over the years the open wi-fi networks have all been secured, so I guess Detective Superintendant Hay's comments back then have been taken to heart.

Life at Googleplex REVEALED in hot pics


That's not a window

At first glance I thought the cafeteria had a huge window looking out into the woodland but then saw the real (small) window to the left.

Kiwis collar Megaupload kingpin, Anonymous exacts revenge

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Lame song

Can't they be charged for that too?

iPad baby baffled by paper magazine


Somewhere on the prodigy spectrum?

Kids develop at all sorts of rates, and some will astonish you.

e.g. Hunter Hayes at 4 years old: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57sfRo26fAc

e.g. Taliya at 3 years old: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CgGM67QZPE

e.g Christian at 2 years old: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKOApC9KB48

e.g. Shae at 1.5 years old: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01rFO9ugy-s

Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM

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More branch closures predicted?

In Australia, banks love to close branches -- so some remote communities have no local bank at which to queue for teller service. This may let them close more branches and get around some bank charter clause like "must have a branch-like service within 500km of a client" or whetever...

Hollywood to 'retell' Carrie


Shining already remade...

... as a TV mini-series. Maybe it was closer to the book (Steven King was allegedly disappointed with Kubrik's effort), but Kubrik was by far the better film maker and made all the right choices.

Open sourcers urged to adopt dancing poultry license


Not the Chicken Dance, but one pollie did the hokey pokey and timewarp


Aussie Liberal Senator Fisher in full flight

Hamburg vice girls to be serviced by cable car

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Also handy for the Hamburger Dom

St Pauli is also a handy stop to get to the Hamburger Dom funfair in Heiligengeistfeld which is well worth a look.

Oz governments find new use for censorship



...but there AREN'T any R18 games in Australia - that classification doesn't exist

Spaniards bemoan 'joke' speed limit cut


110 in Spain should be better than in Oz

In Australia the distances are greater between cities yet the speed limit is 110km/h. Compared to 120 km/h that adds about 30 minutes to a 3-hour journey, or an extra hour and a half on a trip from Melbourne to Sydney.

NASA rovers to lose comms this week as Mars moves behind Sun

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Remembering Spirit

These articles remind me of this Spirit comic:


Facebook is 'killing privacy for commercial gain'

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SMH Article

Wow - the Sydney Morning Herald has linked to The Register!



BOFH: Robot wars

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...and my ad is...

The Chain Saw Shop

Sydney Tools has the Best Chainsaws Online

Didn't see a flamethrower ad yet.

Fennec squeezes into Android users' pockets


Not too good on Galaxy S yet

Installs and initially looks okay on the Samsung Galaxy S, but zooming, links, and some necessary (for me) company portal pages don't work. This last one is a pity because the built-in browser also doesn't work on our corporate portal...

But here's hoping.

People have no bloody idea about saving energy


And instead of Or perhaps?

Rather than changing the washer sessions instead of choosing to line-dry over tumble-dry, why not change the washer setting AND choose to line-dry?

Similarly, why not turn out more lamps AND turn the heating down a couple of degress whiles dressing warmer?

i.e. do these things have to be exclusive?

Aussie broadband is slower than a slow thing in a slow town

Big Brother

@Roger Jenkins - FYI Greens' stance on filter

I think the Australian Greens are against the filter


according to this speech.

Mother faked ID to 'disappear' child from school waiting list


How many other kids bumped from list?

For a good school with a waiting list I would think removing just one child ahead in the queue is not sufficient -- that does no good unless your child would then be in line for a place. There might have been more kids so affected but their paren't hadn't called to check on their progress...

Australia unbans the internet

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"only barely won"? That's putting it mildly

I read Mr Fielding got 0.08% of the primary vote for his seat, and his party only 1.9% for all of Victoria. The greens got 4 times more votes in that seat but the "preferences" stuff kicked in, putting one of the least-voted-for candidates into the senate. Seems "wrong" to me. Just like a party scraping in to power with just a couple of seats more than the next guy and saying they have a "clear mandate" for something or the other.


@LaeMing - Absolutely correct

This is the way many "mandates" have been claimed -- Labor/Rudd wasn't voted in in 2007 because of all the quiet things "promised" but some of the more emotive topics at the time, like WorkChoices and the general disgust/dissatisfaction with the previous government.

Both major parties are operating exactly in this way now as we approach the next election.

Researcher shows how to strike back at web assailants


Self defence?

It's usually illegal to hurt somebody else -- but often not illegal at all to defend yourself, which is what this article is describing.

Daleks poised to invade tour UK


Matt Smith is okay...

...but Tom Baker he ain't

Oz gov in confusion over net filter plans


RC=Refused Classification

RC=Refused Classification -- i.e. in Australia, if a game is considered unsuitable for "mature accompanied" 15 year or older child then it is refused a classification and is effectively banned. Or for film, if a movie is considered unsuitable for an adult over the age of 18 then it is refused even the highest classification of X18+ (and so banned).

There are two sets of guidelines -- one for "film and computers games" and another for "publications". What category does the internet fall under? Particularly when some classes of "restricted" content can only be distributed in a sealed opaque wrapper.

Happy to make that clearer!

Boobquake fails to destroy planet


Quake happened!

One did happen - and not just one - check the quake records on this site:


Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected

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Code::Blocks works very well for me on Linux - the feature set may not look like a phone book but is quite respectable and helps me get the job done without my wishing for more:


God of War III


18+ - so Oz loses out

no R18+ category in Australia so we won't get it unless the classification board decides to allow it in as a MA15 title as it frequently does...

Swedish pothead reports LSD-laced hash



Try "dolphin" (first paragraph). No, don't thank me.

Canonical pushes out Ubuntu 9.10 server


@amanfromMars 1

Is it true that "amafromMars 1" indicates you are not "amanfromMars"? Or are we observing a new phase in your evolution?

MS opens up Security Essentials downloads from today


Finally my PC will be safe

I'm really happy now Microsoft is providing something to protect my linux box from all those Windows viruses.

But here's another idea to consider: How about Microsoft uses its next "service pack" to upgrade Windows to a Linux distro -- windows malware problem solved! and given Microsoft's market penetration not only will a majority of users upgrade over time, they'll be defending their actions to their Mac pals. Well it sounded good before I typed it out... oh well.

Oz bottle shop falls for 'double your money' scam


Why double a lot of money, why not double a little money many times?

Why would the scammers have needed a lot of money just to double the amount? If the duplicated notes were perfect then they would have 2, then 4, then 8, then 16 (etc) fully formed notes to continue their copying from. The scamees initial outlay could therefore be quite low.