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398 posts • joined 5 Mar 2011

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Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?

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That's easy, since 2008 a massive expansion of credit into the parasitical financial services sector to shuffle the cards without actually producing anything. How can you measure productivity growth when money has no value. Secondly the productive parts of the economy are now so wrapped in red tape and security theater that they have stopped expanding. Sovereign risk from armies of useless public servants who have forgotten that they offer no real value to an economy has killed most Western economies. Check out Australia's latest defense trade controls act and the criminalization of R&D to see the stupidity up close. Productivity has not improved because throughout most of the world the parasitical classes have been elevated - check CEO's salaries, ever expanding copyright terms or the rise of patent trolls - and the productive classes are now herded, tax surveilled, imprisoned and bound. Until people wake up and stand up Western culture, innovation and productivity is effectively at an end. We will be reduced to celebrating useless apps that allow us to share our underwear or our socks.

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

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Re: Solution

I don't think it was ever about contributing anything of value. When you are the worlds largest supporter of terrorism then that 1% is an important part of being able to move your assets around. It's the journalists and whistle blowers that need to be stopped.

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nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

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Re: HFC Horrible Fucking Crap

Part of the HFC debacle was allowing foxtel and Telstra to keep all the good frequencies while nbn got stuck at the noisy end of the spectrum. Add negotiating skill to the nbn co's list of credits.

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US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

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Re: The solution is...

Does it matter whose?

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Or it may mean that as you employ more women you need more women to communicate and socialise with them. Either, because of bias against the men, the men speak a different interpersonal language, the men regard them poorly and so a grunt is seen as being more than sufficient or because the men will not engage with them due to concerns over their mental stability, maturity and the risk of false allegations. It may also mean that the economy is moving from making stuff to talking about stuff.

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: PERMANENT SLOW MOTION REPLAY ?

No Meadowlark, the super advanced androids will still take over mankind. The difference now is that they won't know what to do once the takeover is complete. Mankind will start referring to the androids as politicians and we will lament how nothing ever seems to change for the better. Expect the androids to one day start serving adverts and legislating for donors in the absence of any real AI.

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Not going to happen. We will still be here fighting with nuclear weapons over the last peanut butter sandwich when it all comes to an end. Some amongst us want all the toys and as long as they can convince the rest to go without in the name of their greed we are stuck.

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Re: Clarity required

Massive pharmaceutical industry that thrives on government mandates and paranoia - it definitely will be the US. If it is a resource rich country or strategically close to one then they can slip a few terrorists and guns in there as well. Provide jobs and make America great again Your tax dollars at work!

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Re: kettle calling the pot black

As an owner of a Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P that boot looped shortly after the 1 year warranty expired, I suggest that they haven't improved by much. I wouldn't buy from them again.

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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

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Re: The Pence Rule

Probably not your fault unless your office is at the end of a long dark road with no public transport and surrounded by prisons, psychiatric hospitals, wolves and cannibals. There are obviously other drivers influencing women's career choices and expecting it all to be magically fixed at the corporate level is leaving things a bit late. As an exercise in trolling it would be interesting to chart women leaving technical industries with the increasing proportion of women in school teaching roles. Are young women not reaching for some industries because of a lack of accessible role models (male or female) to inspire and teach them technical skills.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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Re: What's the hit rate?

This isn't about catching anyone. This is about fear of and control by an authoritarian state.

Look at how people are now willing to accept that the US govt can pass non-constitutional laws if they apply to non-citizens or outside of the borders. As a poster above pointed out probable cause becomes reasonable suspicion. Then it becomes a hunch followed by whatever the officer feels like stealing under local forfeiture conventions. All the while in the land of the over medicated anyone opposing this becomes a conspiracy theorist. A population already conditioned to live in its own faeces with the UK and Oz half a step behind. You have got to admire the social engineering that has gone into this.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: Still on sale?

Only the silicon that is not operating as designed.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Yup, one moment capitalism and the efficiency of a competitive free market is good but if it gets in the way of the bread and circuses it is bad. There is no difference between ticket scalping and futures trading. If it pushes up the cost of food and fuel and the bankers profit it is good. If it pushes up the cost of nothing consequential and the plebs profit it is bad. From a market point of view bulk buying tickets helps to support the entertainers by guaranteeing a level of market support and contributes to market efficiency by providing services to those who are prepared to pay, and as our economics teachers told us, can make the best use of the tickets.

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Australia's future technology headlines … for 2019!

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Re: Another set of predictions

The NBN's powered boxes by the side of the road look archaic now but we will stick with them because we are Stralians' and that is what we do! Soothed over by talk of off-budget, user pays, its all Labor's fault, terrorists hate us for our infrastructure, no one needs more than 640K, etc. Mobile broadband will be enough for the older low bandwidth (email and web) customers if the telco's get their pricing and marketing right. That will blow a big hole in the NBN both for finance and contention meaning no money for upgrades and no justifiable demand. NBN may even need to offer a CVC aggregation product across many POI's to keep things affordable (closer to the original plan).

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Re: Albanese

Sorry - Abbott government. It was of course the Abbott opposition at the time.

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Albanese

Albanese, the man who gave us mandatory full body scanners at Australia's international airports. No opt out clauses, no limits on future technologies and no requirements that any of it be proven effective or safe. With the support of the Abbott government this was passed in the lower house at which point Labor and the LNP stood and applauded each other - suggesting there was considerable generosity at play. Our robust political democracy in action.

While a Labor win is likely, the major parties are struggling with record low primary votes (Barnaby excluded). With a series of S.44 by elections leading up to the 2019 poll it is likely that both parties will struggle to finance their national campaigns. Almost all parties will be relying on Australia's dumb as a box of rocks electorates to keep voting against their own interests.

My prediction for 2019 is an Internet startup - say Pubar (pronounced Pooh-Bah) - that will facilitate the delivery of bribes (or donations as they are called) between the common citizen and their party representatives so that ordinary people can enjoy the thrill of democracy. Need a politician for 20 minutes to attend your kids birthday party - Pubar it. Demand pricing would of course apply around popular events. The political parties would discover a new fund raising mechanism and we could throw away any pretense that the generous salaries enjoyed by politicians in any way contributes to their loyalties and obligations to the tax payer.

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nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles

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> averaged across all users, the average uncontested throughput of the NBN is a mere 1.3 Mbps.

But there's the rub. The end user experience is not benefiting from aggregate bandwidth across the whole of the NBN but only their little POI. 121 POI's didn't just make it more expensive to reach the customer but also limited the ability of the RSP's to aggregate CVC across a significant proportion of their user base.

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Brandis' infrastructure security bill off to committee

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Re: so this is one of a series of gummints that

Oz owned by foreigners isn't a problem, especially if they are fervent supporters of democracy and the process of donations that keep it alive. A government that offers no value to its voter base is a problem. People might start asking why is government so expensive and what does it really do, having sold off any legitimate activity? Lists and databases to the rescue. Busy work under the pretense of keeping us safe. This is also visible in our PM's latest brain f@rt. A list of foreign actors who might seek to influence government. ASIO already has a list and our politicians were so warned. Not good enough. We need to put them on another list, even better make them put themselves on a list for a fee. Not sure what happens to the list after that. Locked filing cabinet in the basement or circulated marked additional discretion required when accepting donations? As for Brandis's list, think back to gun registration. Once something is on list then additional rules can be formulated about its use or decommissioning. Like the Liddell power station whose owners are not prepared to play ball to flatter the LNP. As critical infrastructure we open the path to subsidies and arm twisting, carrots and sticks.

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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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Re: Depression —> Paranoia

Or valued?

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Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service

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Re: Never heard of it

That is the trick. I still haven't worked out how to opt out. Anyone know?

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Still not too late

Large flywheels - that has got to be tough on the bearings in high seas.

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Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

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There are new SOLAS weight in motion standards for containerised cargo requiring verified weights. In modern ports the container weight is checked by the straddle and the crane. The ships know how heavy they are and their trim. If all else fails, water lapping over the gunnels may alert the stevedores or the crew that something is amiss.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Re: Dammit.

No Sir, I did not cut down the cherry tree. The Russians did it.

Pilot should be fine.

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Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

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Locusts, you can but dream. By the time the US food companies are done with them it will be 50% sawdust and GMO high starch filler, 40% GMO soy, corn syrup and artificial flavouring, 5% preservative and 5% undisclosed byproducts of the pharmaceutical industry. The big label on the front showing a cartoon image of a super locust will be as close as you will get to your fantasy protein source.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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Re: Yamato 1?

www.animemaru.com/japanese-navy-retroactively-renaming-ships-to-avoid-confusion-with-kancolle/

KINAWA – The Japanese Navy today announced a comprehensive plan to retroactively rename its vessels, including famous ships from history, to avoid confusing them with the popular online game Kantai Collection.

“This is all quite frustrating,” said Admiral Yamada, who is spearheading the renaming effort, during a press conference at the Okinawa Naval Headquarters. “It’s bad enough that most people think the Yamato is a space ship. ...

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

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Re: Skin in the game

21 newspolls under Turnbull showing the LNP being crushed at the next election. Politicians are hurting.

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Re: Something's up...

Even the LNP realise they have an election losing proposition with the NBN. Their standard mode of governance - it's all Labor's fault - is not working as well as it should so they need to reframe their inability to take responsibility for anything. Bill Morrow's moment of candid honesty is just the setup to allow the LNP to write off part of the problem. Watch for our Dear Leader to ride in as the guy who saved the Internet. Sadly it will still be a dogs breakfast but at least some of the cost will be hidden and the NBN will be able to offer cheaper CVC or a better network or more executive bonuses. With the LNP racking up debt at a huge rate and the submarine farce yet to hit, what's and extra 20 or 30 billion. It's not like it is their money. Maybe with the off the books finance they can gift the whole sorry mess to one of their mates for cents on the dollar.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: a 50-km long intact lava tube

How long before people at one end of the tunnel declare war on people at the other end of the tunnel. Better make that two good primary schools. An Aldi at one end and a Kwik Save at the other should be enough to get hostilities underway.

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Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

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Linux without software updates - can't wait.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

GrumpyOldBloke

If we could get the F35 canopy managed by North Korea, the undercarriage by China, the exhaust cowls by Iran and the control surfaces by Russia then we could have world peace! Maybe that's the key that we have been missing all these years. Take something completely useless but indispensable and give everyone a part share in the outcome.

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IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

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Re: Die Hard: Offshore

Perhaps with an evil strategy to drive the container vessels into US war ships - though that might be a bit unbelievable even for Hollywood.

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

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USA Liberty Act

The USA is at Liberty to Act - seems clear.

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Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

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Re: Quality over quantity...

The old hospital surgery straw man, well not for much longer. You can lie there happy knowing that diversity makes us stronger. Though some security was missed in the hospital electronics, a performance bias was included that considers your relative worth on the rainbow scale and your privilege level. While you might die, a cross dressing Latino man may live. See how warm and fuzzy that makes you feel. Similarly the AI in your self driving car will be capable of split second value judgments as to who should live and who should die in a collision, even if a circuitous route is needed to reach that outcome. Diversity is not just about gender, sexual orientation and colour but about value and intent.

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Yeah but the graphics are better.

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Australia reviews defence export controls, perhaps easing cryptography research

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Re: Is this an outbreak of common sense?

No, the DTCA covers more than just cryptography. It covers a wide range of research and activities in manufacturing, medicine, telecommunications, and a bunch of others even if there is no relation to the military. There is no exception for fundamental research. This is typical head up rear end Canberra with no thought for the unintended consequences, for the R&D driven entirely offshore or for the closing down of future skills pipelines. Just when you call peak stupid in Australia the country surpasses itself. That the serfs should feel happy about crawling to some lick spittle public servant for a licence to do R&D under the pretence of keeping us safe while our own governments supports the US in its terrorist activities around the world is laughable.

Fortunately as we have learned, Australian law trumps the law of mathematics. Our worthless policy makers and their sycophants can simply legislate supremacy in this area. ROT-13 is secure by government fiat and that is all we need.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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Re: It will be interesting this time around

The rest of the world has pretty much given up any hope for Trump. His presidency has been an exercise in bicycling backwards thus far. He does not have enough political capital to take on the TLA's, he couldn't even get his party to agree on what to do about Obamacare. Best to just wait until the US sanctions itself into irrelevancy.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: well played poms

Don't underestimate the stupidity available down under. I have no doubt that we will easily counter Rudd's innings and go on to at least draw the match.

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Ohm-em-gee: US nuke plant project goes dark after money meltdown

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Or the North Korean's.

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

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Re: There is no N in NBN

>ACCC Chair Rod Sims in which he said Australia can probably sustain five major broadband providers

The ACCC has a lot to answer for.

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Retailers would love an NBN backhaul tariff restructure

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"restructured price book is therefore welcome to everyone in the industry – but it comes at great political risk to the government"

Doing nothing also comes at great political risk to the government. Council of Small Business Australia CEO, Peter Strong says "slow NBN speeds is as big an issue as energy".

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Re: Unlimited quota plans are the issue

> people who are placing the most load on the network to pay

Once they have beggared their neighbour.

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China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

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In other news

Cockney Rhyming Slang instructors soon to be in big demand in the middle Kingdom.

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

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Re: Japanese animation - not surprising

The titles you have listed are amongst the best examples of Japanese anime and would probably be compatible with Chinese party values. Fighting fascism is not a problem, every second Chinese period drama seems to be about fighting fascism as depicted by various Japanese invasions. Modern Japanese anime that are little more than incest and pedophile training videos might be more in the line of what China is trying to ban. Many of the titles would likely not pass Western censors either. China has started its own animation industry and the bans may also represent trade protections.

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Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

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Re: You ain't seen nothing yet.

Good suggestion but then you get cash-back (worker pays part of salary back to employer), service charge, foreign debt or company store type scams.

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Quantum crypto upstart QuintessenceLabs hopes to cut the cord

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Go Eve!

So Eve's presence effectively knocks out communications?

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nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

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Re: How many have disconnected?

Internode over nbn HFC is just resold lowest common denominator TPG without all the Internode goodies - like static IP. When they take my ADSL modem from my cold wrinkly hands its sadly good bye to Internode.

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GrumpyOldBloke

The 12/1 and 25/5 are line termination speeds which sadly have nothing to do with throughput given nbn's cvc based contention problems. Low uptake doesn't only impact the nbn's finances but also the ability of the RSP's to economically aggregate enough cvc capacity per POI to give a half decent internet experience during the evening peak.

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Minister says Oz Medicare breach was crims, not hackers

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Re: Keep calm and have a beer

This is minor, just a dry run for the metadata leaks we all know are coming.

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'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

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Re: wasted opportunity

That is because the transport offices are for the most part a perversion of the law. Rather than targeting the guilty their job is to force the commuter to continually prove their innocence. Law the Australian way. Travel to Japan and see how a mature nation handles this problem.

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GrumpyOldBloke

Hacking is an emotive term. He has made no attempt to operate the card outside of his own individual account or in ways that are foreign to the card readers nor is he attempting to evade the fare. He has merely changed the container of the active part of the card. There may be a lot of value in the market for this operation or others that shift the active part of the opal card into more convenient, containers like phones, key rings, watches and bracelets - but we don't do that here. Agile and innovative is lost behind authoritarian and inflexible. Yes, he is outside the terms of the user agreement but how many of us had a say in the drafting of that agreement or are we simply forced to acknowledge it as part of using a public utility that we all own and paid for. It took Uber to force the governments hand on taxi regulation. This will be similarly painful until it becomes such a political embarrassment that the ministers will look away from their donors long enough to meet their obligations to the general public and then we will move forward another inch.

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