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

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Re: I have FTTB

> I warn anyone I know on cable (including my 60+yo parents) to avoid NBN until as long as possible.<

Because the problem isn't the cable. Or the FTTB. Or the FTTN.

It's the contention ratio.

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Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

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Re: People who keep old cars and bikes going

It still has an equation editor built in. The only thing they have removed is Equation Editor.

Office still includes Word and Excel. It no longer includes Binder, Microsoft Mail, or Equation Editor.

If MS removed Excel from Office, you would still be able to make spreadsheets using Word tables and VBA. Would it work exactly the same? No, removing Excel would be much worse than removing Equation Editor.

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Re: People who keep old cars and bikes going

>Microsoft have NOT removed equation editor<

Microsoft HAVE removed Equation Editor. They have not removed the ability to edit equations (except equations created using Equation Editor), because Office now has the ability to edit equations natively.

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Re: People who keep old cars and bikes going

>Has anyone ever been prosecuted for making pattern spares<

Not in the USA, since the /reason/ it is legal in the USA is /specifically/ because of the strength of the after-market automotive spares industry.

Other countries (Aus, Malaysia), not so legal. It would depend on if the company (say "microsoft") was trying to protect the market share of a more recent product ("ms office 2016")

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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Re: VLF transmitter?

>It struck me that the site could well have been intended as a VLF transmitter<

VLF transmitter sites are located at the coast, not in the mountains. And the Germans did have a big VLF site, which was rolled up and taken east by the Russions.

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South Australia bins emergency alert app, contract

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Re: Why is this even an app?

>Indeed, why not just use sodding SMSes? <

Yep, we got sodding SMSes in Vic this year, telling me, in an outer suburb of Melbourne, scores of miles from the nearest river, to beware of flood events that didn't really happen in the remote parts of the state.

I understand from my American cousins that this is why they all have the alerts turned off.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: some systems that will have a much worse impact

>so yeah it wouldn't "impact" you more than knowing your system is more vulnerable today than you knew it was it was yesterday. <

Well, interesting point: if it was this relentless context switching that made XP run slower than Win7, and made XP run like crap on VMWare, it would seem to indicate that XP is immune.

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some systems that will have a much worse impact

>There are some systems that will have a much worse impact than others, for example machines that run over-provisioned guest VMs that need to <

Hmmm. Does this mean it will have no impact at all on my WinXP virtual macines on ESXi 4, because (apart from the fact all components are out of support), wasn't this context switch on every interupt the reason XP ran so crap on ESXi 4 ?

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Liberating SSH from Logjam leftovers

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HTTP internet is disapearing before my eyes

6 months ago I could still connect from devices that only supported 256 bit encryption -- because I could still use HTTP. In the last 6 months that's shrunk down to a few pixels in the big picture -- large chunks of the internet no longer support HTTP.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: Expect better than this from the reg

On the other hand, the statemenst that "colds" experienced by men are significant with lower frequency but higher mortality and disability that in comparable groups of women, is replicated by pretty much every study in the area, so it would be more suprising if this "poor quality piece of research with methodological flaws" had come up with anything different.

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Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

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>ifdef only makes sense if there is a "build" step and with an interpreter that isn't automatic<

However, most "interpreted" languages for the last 20 years have been compiled, as was BASIC in the 1960's, so that's a less useful distinction than perhaps you meant.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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>and doing math without a license<

The problem here, and it is a real problem, is that he claimed that the math was done by an engineer.

And in Oregon, the word "engineer" is/was defined to be someone who was licenced to safely do design calculations. (As such, he would, of course, have had insurance to cover design failures and incompetence.)

The new ruling is that the state government can't depend on a persons claim that they are competent: the state government is now permitted and required to make their own determination of that fact.

Oregon courts still rule that he can't call himself a lawyer and practice law: they don't have sufficient intelegance and morality to apply a consistant set of rules to lawyers and doctors and engineers.

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Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

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Say no to small windows.

Can't think of a reason why my browser should allow sites to open windows small enough to hide on the desktop. Can't think of a GOOD reason why it should allow new windows at all -- it's always advertising.

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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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15 per cent more likely to experience crashes

So if Chrome never crashes, this will make no difference at all.

On the other hand, this will make a significant difference if Chrome is crashing all the time.

Are they telling us something about how unstable Chrome is?

(I've been using Pale Moon. Recent builds of that have been crashing /every day/ on all my various computers and OS)

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

>No, because you can't trust the copy to be identical unless it's made simultaneously<

Like a book? Laser printer page copies can be made by electrically-refreshing the print drum, or by redrawing the print drum from memory. Secure printers are a specialised type of device, but available.

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

>To output ASCII characters at the correct speed over a parallel or serial port<

"Dot matrix" is not the same as "Daisy wheel".

The problem is, of course, somewhere with the connection between the Printer Drivers and the OS: the printers didn't suddenly stop working because of an electrical fault.

There are 3 ways to do printer control: (1) Send Windows print script direct to the printer as text. (2) Translate the Windows print script language to Postscript, and send the Postscript script to the printer as text. (3) Translate the Win print script to PCL (hp) or ESC/P (epson), and send the print language to the printer as a series of 7 or 8 bit bytes.

All three methods are used for dot matrix impact printers, dot matrix inkjet printers, and (dot matrix) laser printers.

All three methods commonly send blocks of characters as text (ascii) if the characters will be represented by a native printer font, and as bit-mapped images if the characters will not be represented by a native printer font.

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

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Re: Sets = SuperBinder?

How do we get a review of Binder and Journal that doesn't mention the previous incarnations? Firstly, because MS press releases never mention previous incarnations of the product: acording to the MS journalist kits, all MS product releases are ex-nova.

And secondly, I can only assume that the author was an Apple user who never used Windows in the 90's and 00's.

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Exim-ergency! Unix mailer has RCE, DoS vulnerabilities

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>As a straight MTA however, not so much as that isn't really the use case Exchange is designed for and it's a very bulky option for solely moving messages<

???? Like many people, we use something else for MTA, for cost and other reasons. But when you run Exchange as an MTA, you turn off all the rest of the system -- you don't have to run the mail store or other services when you just want an MTA. It's designed that way.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Re: No car tax?

Punishment (automatic fines, impound fees, car crushing) is not an effective way of reminding people to pay their tax. Whish it was. Would be nice if it was. But it's not.

This hits people hardest who are stupid, disorganised or crazy. The people who have no money and are doing it tough because they are stupid, disorganised or crazy.

I understand that the police don't use tax disks anymore, they are all compuertised. I don't think poor, stupid, ignorant, crazy people should be penalized because the police don't need hard copy.

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Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

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Why linux not BSD?

All my friends were BSD and Sun types. What is the overwheliming advantage of the linux kernel in the area?

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Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

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Re: "an automated vulnerability-checker that scours kernel code for issues."

>I wonder if they do?<

It's effectively a third-party test system which does whole-of-system testing with multiple inputs.

So no, comparatively few developers get third-party testing, and comparatively few projects have to integrate multiple sources, and a big chunk of those projects that have to integerate multiple sources are not permitted to allow third-party testing.

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Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

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3 this would require

This would require posters to recognise that it's not the FTTN that's the problem.

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Woeful NBN services attract ACCC's attention

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It's Beazley-ware!!

Thanks Kim.

Not.

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Vodafone's NBN plans may include voice-over-WiFi, virtual landlines

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Our voip provider took our ported landline number, and connects it to landline, mobile, deskphone or voip client. Presumably any other provider of business voip services does the same.

So I guess Vodaphone is wondering if they can make a business out of doing the same for home/personal phones.

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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Repeated repeated repeated warnings

So they had warned people about patching, but their warnings were hidden/disguised by the noise about getting rid of XP.

Ironic that it happened in the NHS, given that the medical system is well aware that warning overload leads to people ignoring warnings. Most drug-interaction AI systems are turned off because they generate so many drug-interaction warnings. More obvious to the lay-person, walk through any hospital and count the beeping patient monitoring systems.

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nbn™'s problems were known – in 2008, a year before its birth

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Re: Something's up...

So know that we know what the problems are, and where they are located (in the interface between NBN and the retailers), and now that we now what the NBN is really for (TV, not medicine or education), and now that we know that the original budget and timescale were fantasy, and now that we know that the NBN is being left behind by wireless interenet -- in other words, now that we know everything that was bleeding obvious 10 or 20 years ago -- there are still people pretending that the node-to-house copper wiring is a relevant issue.

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

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Re: Pay for? Or severe bugs?

The only reasons they'd remove something like this...

1) The storage team lost a political fight

2) The storage team lost a political fight

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Joint Committee on the NBN splits, as National Party member sides with opposition

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Privatise the profits, Socialise the costs

Country Party policy since the party was first formed.

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It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

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Re: Just say no to software developed using unsafe languages like C/C++

>I wonder when people are going to wake<

Not anytime soon judging by the voting pattern here...

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Re: Usefulness

> but it would be so much better if they'd just use some { }.<

After a while, I realized that one of the reasons I prefer Pascal and BASIC is because I'm a left-handed touch-typist.

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Crowdfunding scheme hopes to pay legal fees for Marcus Hutchins

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Still looks like a DOS attack against a security white hat.

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

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Can't happen again. Now. WTF were the doing for the last 10 years? Where's the asset recorded against the expense? Who's checking the double-entry book keeping? Do they think that self-authorized theft is a new invention? That gambling-related theft is a new thing? Did they think it all?

Was this amount of money so small compared to management wages that they didn't think it was important to follow up?

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nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing

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Yes, it's a mistake. The NBN is talking about using FTTDp to replace "longer twisted pair runs" required by.FTTN where the node is too far away...

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Re: Oh FFS

This "fantastic infrastructure plan" was bullshit from moment it was announced. It was specifically exempted from any kind of economic evaluation, and it was justified on the basis of "education" and "tele-medicine"

The initial pricing promises from the government were wildly inaccurate: they went to tender and nobody was interested. The "education" idea was predictably just as realistic as the previous ideas that TV, Film, Radio, Telephone and Telegraph would revolutionise education. And the idea that you would use the high speed internet to get medical interventions in your own home was sheer fantasy.

Yet that was the justification offered, and for years their supporters believed that BS. At least most people have now come around to the realization that was obvious even then: the high speed internet was going to replace Free To Air TV, and the bandwidth would be released for mobile data.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Re: Not limited to iPhones

>baked into whatever mass produced Chinesium<

It's baked into (American) Apple software licensed to the people who build cars.

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Disgraced US Secret Service agent coughs to second Bitcoin heist

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Silk Road, Bitstamp... Mt Gox was under investigation by the same people when the money disappeared and it went bust. Has anyone asked him about that? He might already have enough salted away, even after giving up the Bitstamp profits

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

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Re: Async not always easy

>Alongside shell scripts, Perl, and the occasional C language external utility, it's a nice addition to a computer that's used to "get things done".<

And it would be even better at that if it had resumable exceptions.

Resumable exceptions make speed optimisation more difficult (not impossible, but more difficult). On the other hand, resumable exceptions enable finely-grained exception handling for i/o-bound exception-prone multi-threaded asynchronous processes that spend most of their time waiting anyway.

And once you've written your first application with a separate try/catch block for every single line you've learned why resumable exceptions are not universally a bad idea.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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Note that word “currently.”

>It could be loose language or it could be a clue to future developments. <

It's absolutely typical MS product announcement. "Windows 10 includes a Graphical User Interface". "Windows 10 does not currently include Nuclear Fusion".

MS never admits features existed in past products, and since the vapourware scandals of the 1980s with the possible anti-trust implications, MS has been very careful about anouncing only actual products.

But I've always suspected that it's because the people writing the PR/press/documentation have no idea at all other than what they are told.

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Re: Bah

>Have those idiots figured out most of us have monitors that can display more than 80 columns?<

Yes. Have they figured out how to make idiots stop complaining about the absence of features that have been there for years? No.

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Re: But can I get a login/command prompt ...

>a login/command prompt ... on a dumb terminal plugged into a serial port <

On every version of Windows I've used since DOS 2.11

Only up to Win7: I haven't had a need to try since then.

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They did port one of the unix shells over. They called the system "xenix". DOS was more popular.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: Assuming They Don't Post Anonymously

>First, if there was anyone complaining to HR it was in fact Mr Damore<

Well, obviously /someone/ complained to HR, because Mr Damore got fired.

And yes, I did read at least that far. Since I'm not here looking for long-form articles, I was slready stretching at that point, and that bit of carelessness indicated to me that you were too.

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One.Tel to finally die in November, 16 years after collapse

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IT content?

Actually, another company death due (partly) to software failure: Billing system never completed and didn't work.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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>that only he seems to find acceptable.<

I take that to mean "that no editor would find acceptable", and I take that to mean "in published print, although it would be normal in some newsrooms"

As such, it's a perfectly reasonable (though strangely ignorant) opinion of a journalist.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Still using 3.6.28

Cause it's faster and smaller.

And it has better menu/buttons/layout

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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

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Re: +1 for HMRC

>- Browser based (well worked in Chrome, so assume Firefox and IE would work too) <

Chrome is currently the most popular browser in use, and is the default browser for many jobs. Most sites work with any modern browser, but of those that don't, Chrome is the only browser certain to work.

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It's an important ID, so why isn't the Medicare card chipped?

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Re: 2 factor authentication

Signature is not really part of your ID. It's your argreement that you will pay charges made to your credit card. Retailers used to, of course, check that you actually agree to pay when you bought something using a credit card: this requirement has been relaxed by CC companies.

Your agreement to pay CC bills is not the same as using your CC as points to authenticate your identity when opening a bank account, getting a passport, drivers licence etc.

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2 factor authentication

For the most part, the medicare system already has 2 factor authentication: you need to have the number for the rebate, and you need to be physically present for the examination. Adding a third factor (chip and pin) addresses a small number of situations. Chip and Pin is NOT, for example, used when you present a credit card to authenticate your identity.

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Medicare data leaks, but who was breached?

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Re: AUS Medicare and US Medicare

>I'm just wondering who the stupid blokes who actually purchased some 60+ of these are.<

Drug abusers getting repeat prescriptions on false ID, but mostly drug abusers getting medicare rebates (money from the government) on a false ID.

For these purposes, the medicare card is (??was ??) the accepted and required form of ID.

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Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

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To be fair..

>nine Department of Health officials handling the project didn't disclose that they held Telstra shares<

That is a lot like saying that "9 officials didn't disclose they ate food" on some food related contract.

People who own Telstra shares are mostly / disproportionally people who don't know anything about shares, have no other shares, have no interest in shares, and don't know anything about the company results.

Also, Telstra is a big company, and this is a tiny unimportant part of the company with no effect on the share price.

You could argue that these people have a political bias towards Telstra, and against private charities, but in that case "owns Telstra shares" is redundant: you've already said that they are public servents, and the rest follows from that.

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