* Posts by blearrgh

18 posts • joined 17 Aug 2011

Australia's broadband policy is a flimsy, cynical House of Cards


Re: Magical Thinking

Because the road to amazing innovation starts with watching an expensive telly.

The road to amazing innovation starts with scratching an itch. It just so happens that Mark's itch is to get the full benefit of the technology he paid for.

Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30


Re: This song is going to be in my head all day now!

It's my current ringtone. Every phone call is a little jaunt back to 1990.

Murchison Widefield Array gets 8 Tbps link in AARNet upgrade


Oh come on

Couldn't they have just run fibre to the end of the highway and used wireless for that last bit?

Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!

Black Helicopters

"As an old-fart shortwave listener"

There was something about tuning in international stations on a shortwave that just isn't the same in this modern internet era.

The Voice of Korea was always something of a personal favourite. The bombastic national anthem (with a bit that sounds an awful lot like "It's A Long Way From Tipperary") followed by the latest news about the gangster Americans and their puppet clique in the south, mixed in with updates on how the trade delegation from Belize was getting on or birthday wishes for the Great Leader from Equatorial Guinea. Good times.

No FTTH under alternative Oz NBN plan, says Oppn. leader

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Re: stop this nonsense immediately

Seconded. Good column in Crikey today as well. Keep fighting the good fight for basic sanity in this bizarre debate.

NBN Co hoses down 'scary Russian crackers' report


Actually, I am genuinely surprised ...

... that it wasn't The Australian running the story. (Yet.)

Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security


Re: Good choice

EH Holden. Loved it like a first-born child.

Perth porkfest crowned ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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It's in that other Perth. Bummer.

Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer



Time is an illusion. Lunchtime, doubly so.

McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles


Re: Kids

You going to take your kids for steak tartare? Frog legs, oysters or escargots?

Just the other month I saw a 5yo in a restaurant in southern France tucking happily into a plate of Beef Carpaccio, so why not.

50 years in SPAAAAACE: Telstar celebrates half-century since launch

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I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who got that tune in my head when I saw the article. I feel old enough already these days.

Cameron denies personal Trident missile firing iPad app


Re: A glimpse of the future

Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Siri begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. GMT, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug ...

Netgear ReadyNas Duo v2 network storage

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What a great idea

Got one of those sitting idle in the cupboard right now that I'll try that on. The Stora standard software is utterly appalling.

iOS finally gets Palm compatibility

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Does this mean an iOS version of Graffiti? 1 or 2, I don't care.

Ten... digital voice recorders



Philips and Olympus are the two dictation device makes you most frequently see in office situations in my experience, where professionals use these devices for transcription all day every day. Each manufacturer has a whole digital dictation ecosystem with dedicated transcription pedals and server software (including handling DSS files and all the relevant metadata).

Personally I use a Philips DPM 9600 after the better part of two decades using a genuine Dictaphone (the brand, not the generic title) until it finally died. The thumb move for recording's identical, and I'm too lazy to change.

The amazing shipping container: How it changed the world


Interesting point

... but I think you mean the first partnerships. Corporations were created a lot later so there would be a separate legal entity, meaning that a business going titsup didn't take out all of the proprietors and investors with it.

Great article. Looking into that Findlay and O'Rourke book now.

Sid Meier's Civilization


Play as the Russians

... used to get two settler units at the start every now and again.

I'm still amazed that I got my university degree whilst playing this. I remember wiping out most of a study vacation on it.

You could also get into the files and change the opening text from that sombre creed they used while the game set up. That was fun for a few minutes.

Samsung's lovely illegal tablet: Why no one wants to know

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Use case = portable documents

The ipad is awesome for carrying large quantities of documents as PDFs. Tried a lot of alternatives - tablets (in the old Windows pen sense) are too bulky and too slow. Ebook readers are waaaay too slow with large scanned PDFs (my old irex took ^ 20 seconds to change pages).

ipad + goodreader + a good scanner = so much win it's incredible.


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