* Posts by ImmortanJoe

5 posts • joined 31 Dec 2017

Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet


Re: consequences?

In Australia at least, it's a contestable fine. There are legitimate reasons why a person can't get to a polling office on the day.

I think the fine is something like $120 which is still enough to scare the hell out of most people.

If people take issue with the election, the usual method is the donkey vote. Turn up, get your name marked off, and eventually put blank ballot papers in the collection box.

I have to say our government integrity is very poor at best, as is any confidence in it. It's mirrored pretty well with the number of donkey votes and the approval rating of both major parties.

The best governmental times we've had in recent memory are when it has destabilised so completely that it has functionally stopped. It's like a 3 year old wearing itself out and having a nap after a massive tantrum, running around smashing everything in sight.

Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet


Re: Right adjective; wrong noun

I can't argue with that.

In my very small town the techs have been hard at work for months trying to get cables laid and new inspection holes(?) in. Last I heard it will be active in April.

At least because it is taking so long we are getting FttC. If it were FttN it'd be a worthless waste of effort.

Our infrastructure is ancient PMG lead lines, in all around poor condition. My house is on the last working pair in the cable.

I'm not excited about nbn, but having ancient, crumbling infrastructure replaced is another matter. As poor as the lines are I can still get 20Mbit down on ADSL2+ assuming the weather is dry.

nbn is a terrible idea. It's like most things. Decided by politicians and then thrown at people who actually have some kind of awareness of the subject who are being told to make it work.

No hack needed: Anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL


Re: It's one thing to make a law...

I could, yes. And so could most people I know. What would happen to all the people out there with no independent thinking skills is a scary thought. It would probably become quite violent and ugly in short order.

Back on topic. Trying to paper the cracks with legislature is disgusting. As an Australian, I really wish we had an actual say in how our government is run. To date about the most powerful tool we have is change.org because it can draw enough attention to an issue that if we are very lucky the people involved will decide it will look worse for their career if they ignore it than assert their authority and demonstrate their power over the people.

Remember the whole medicinal marijuana thing recently? They agreed under immense pressure to put it through and ensured that the law was functionally useless when passed.

All we have going on is yet another clumsy attempt to assert authority by people that couldn't look after a pet rock.

Australia wants to jail infosec researchers for pointing out dodgy data


Because we don't get to hand pick the least incompetent individuals. It's just a choice between a turd sandwich and a giant douche no matter which way we turn.


Re: Scary

I always say this. "The views of our government in no way are representative of the views of the Australian people." Please don't judge us by the behaviour of our government.

So many utterly embarrassing and / or horrifying pieces of legislature that no sane or moderately intelligent person would support are knocking around in Canberra. If only real life was simple as flatten and reinstall.


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