Brett's list of bits - stuff and things as well as things and stuff...
As will happen in Australia, the US government put an "anti-terrorism" clause into the Patriot Act that has been used thousands of times - almost none of them for terrorism-related investigations. Law enforcement (and governments) will use badly written laws to get what they want, no matter what.
Posted: October 29, 2014 @ 18:16
I don't have anything to add to this, except the quote from Lord Deben in the UK: "I think the Australian government must be one of the most ignorant governments I've ever seen..."
Posted: October 27, 2014 @ 14:09
Tags: Politics
From 4th to 37th (last) in two years. That's an awesome effort. Have a beer! You deserve it - not! Wish our idiot politicians would see what a danger climate change is to us and the entire planet.
Posted: October 26, 2014 @ 16:47
You hear that, Australia? Copper just isn't going to cut it. All the cool kids are going gigabit because they can see where bandwidth and Internet usage is going.
Posted: October 21, 2014 @ 13:52
More tales of woe - this time from Tasmania. What a complete wreck of what was an awesome (although expensive) plan.
Posted: October 21, 2014 @ 06:10
Tags: NBN
Well done, Mr Abbott. Proving again that there is a village somewhere missing its idiot.
Posted: October 16, 2014 @ 08:33
Well done to the students and staff at UNSW.
Posted: October 15, 2014 @ 17:50
Cold fusion is one of the "clean energy" dreams. This article talks about one device that defies explanation that may actually work. But the researchers say it shouldn't - even though they can't fault it. Curious.
Posted: October 13, 2014 @ 14:58
Very cool stuff from an Intel engineer - using old analogue meters to display all sorts of digital information.
Posted: October 12, 2014 @ 18:22
Earth is a single point of failure - regardless of whether humans destroy it (through poisoning the world or through human-induced climate change - whatever) or if there is some external force (like a large rock traveling at high speed through space).
Posted: October 6, 2014 @ 09:50
My guess is that even Tony Abbott's supporters are amazed at how crapulent he is as a Prime Minister and how badly his government is behaving.
Posted: October 3, 2014 @ 09:15
Tags: Politics
Do users sometimes choose bad passwords or share the wrong thing? Sure. But when you're the digital regulator (charged with ensuring that the Internet is safe for "normal" people to use) - blaming the victims of crime is not the way forward.

Posted: October 3, 2014 @ 09:03
Modified: October 3, 2014 @ 09:03
Recent laws proposed (and being passed) here in Australia and elsewhere are really justification for what our "law enforcement" and "intelligence" agencies have been doing all along. This page is very long but worth a read.

Basically, using metadata (you know, the stuff the Australian government says is safe to keep) you can be easily put onto a terror watchlist with no recourse.
Posted: October 2, 2014 @ 13:32
One of the challenges with big data is the increasing chance that your privacy will be lost with it. Here is one example.
Posted: October 2, 2014 @ 12:09
Metadata is where it is at - and the government is attempting to get as much of it as possible.
Posted: September 30, 2014 @ 14:19
Modified: September 30, 2014 @ 14:26
Will this mean everything gets plastered in solar cells? Why the hell not!
Posted: September 29, 2014 @ 12:25
Tags: Science
Australia did not send anyone to the UN Climate Change Summit. Clearly the biggest issue facing humanity is not important enough - even though Tony Abbott and his entourage were going to be in the same city next week.
Posted: September 24, 2014 @ 12:25
Modified: September 24, 2014 @ 12:55
And a friend of mine said this best:

Benjamin Franklin's commentary that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” still holds true in my opinion.
Posted: September 23, 2014 @ 14:47
This is very interesting - seeing how some business models are just ticking along but others are undergoing (or about to go through) significant periods of change.
Posted: September 22, 2014 @ 09:42
Especially your kids. That is all.
Posted: September 21, 2014 @ 09:00
Tags: PSA, Science
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