Brett's list of bits - stuff and things as well as things and stuff...
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research.microsoft.com
Very cool stuff from Microsoft research - how to make time lapse videos of long (potentially boring) things more interesting without the jerkiness and generally crap footage found in normal time lapse videos.
Posted: August 11, 2014 @ 13:38
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www.newscientist.com
I can't believe that anyone would build embedded systems that are this insecure - particularly when they are being placed in public places. Just silly.
Posted: August 11, 2014 @ 08:39
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www.bloomberg.com
Crypto currencies are very interesting - they decrease the friction with which money can be shifted around - good for consumers as you don't have to worry about banks clipping the ticket along the way - but there are also significant legal hurdles. And there are volatility issues - no-one wants their money to devalue overnight.

Having a government come forward and back a currency gives it legitimacy and an actual real value. Very interesting times.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 10:23
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youtu.be
A video on how sound can be recovered from inanimate objects in a room. Very cool but with some significant privacy and surveillance implications.
Posted: August 5, 2014 @ 13:20
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www.theguardian.com
I've believed this for a long time - privacy is dead. That's not a good thing but it is inevitable given our reliance on electronic communications to drive our lives and our governmental needs to control information.
Posted: August 4, 2014 @ 14:18
brucefwebster.com
There are some really good points here - including how IT recruitment is totally unlike how a sports team is created. Long but worth a read.
Posted: August 1, 2014 @ 10:38
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www.wired.com
Actually, it probably isn't just tech but this is the world I live in. I don't understand why people (for the most part, men) care about gender (for the most part, female). I work with so many smart and business-savvy women - and on the other hand I've worked with many not-so-business-aware men that I really can't believe in the 21st century that this type of stuff still exists. But it does. Scary.
Posted: July 29, 2014 @ 13:36
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earthweareone.com
This is pretty cool. I wonder if a male contraceptive is coming down the track somewhere.
Posted: July 29, 2014 @ 13:28
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tech.slashdot.org
I'm guessing that lawmakers in every country of the world really don't understand technology that much. Taken literally, this would pretty much stop the Russian people accessing the Internet.
Posted: July 5, 2014 @ 13:03
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delimiter.com.au
This is a huge shame for reporting in the technology space but a great opportunity for Renai to help shape ICT in Australia at a political level so good luck to him.
Posted: June 18, 2014 @ 14:11
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sportsillustrated.cnn.com
This is very cool and has been used in a lot of sports - basically how computers can draw lines on the grass for TV viewers but make it appear behind/underneath the players.
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 10:48
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www.bbc.com
Looks cool. I'd buy one. ;-)
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 10:35
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history.google.com
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 09:50
youtu.be
This is actually a serious topic but done very well by John Oliver. My favourite line: "The Internet - aka the electronic cat database".
Posted: June 4, 2014 @ 17:54
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delimiter.com.au
I won't rehash the article - but the important point here is that our government is building a framework for access to media that is built around what the industry wants - and is excluding what consumers want. In short, propping up the incumbents in a technologically changing environment can't last long - the industry needs to change its business model pronto.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 12:03
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delimiter.com.au
This is very interesting - it would be good to see politicians in general get to the level of knowledge that Scot Ludlam does. So kudos to Labor for going down this path - it would be amazing to see the Liberal party to do the same but I'm not holding my breath.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 09:10
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www.nybooks.com
If someone ever says "we're only collecting the metadata - it doesn't mean much" they are lying. Completely. This article is title "We Kill People Based on Metadata".
Posted: May 21, 2014 @ 18:08
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www.techtimes.com
While not conclusive the evidence is starting to point that way. Regardless, we need to take better care of our environment.
Posted: May 16, 2014 @ 13:53
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www.theatlantic.com
The cars only drive within a certain radius of the Google headquarters - and those roads have been meticulously mapped in incredible detail including things like curb position and height. In short, the people have done a bunch of work to make it easier for the computers in the car to do the driving. So not necessary applicable to the rest of the roads.
Posted: May 16, 2014 @ 09:03
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www.wired.com
If a crash is inevitable, should a robot-driven car crash into a smaller or larger car? If it always chooses (say) the larger car does that mean larger car owners have a legal right to sue the makers of the robot car?
Posted: May 14, 2014 @ 10:06
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