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theaimn.com
In addition to the Joe Hockey "the poor don't drive as much" comments here's a good summary of how out of touch Tony Abbott is. His denial of broken promises is stunning.
Posted: August 14, 2014 @ 13:54
Tags: Politics
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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.cato-unbound.org
My opinion on this is divided but this is an interesting article from someone who calls themselves a libertarian - so in theory, to the right of politics. It's a good read.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 12:30
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bigthink.com
I really like this bit at the bottom of the article: "There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death."
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 10:58
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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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www.abc.net.au
Australia needs to get out of the business of digging up stuff and sending it overseas. Coal in particular (given how much pollution is generated from the act of mining it and then burning it) is a good thing. We should be taking the people from these industries and employing them in the renewable energy sector.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 08:57
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www.abc.net.au
Shame on the AFL to banning advertisements for humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 08:56
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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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newmatilda.com
IMHO a very balanced commentary - in short, we have an incredibly right-wing government with no viable opposition. And a hostile "free" press.
Posted: August 4, 2014 @ 17:11
Tags: Politics
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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
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www.abc.net.au
Stay classy, Australia. I'm ashamed for this country. This is despicable behaviour.
Posted: August 4, 2014 @ 13:39
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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firstlook.org
This is "security" out of control. And it smacks of what used to happen (might still happen) within the Soviet bloc during the cold war.
Posted: July 29, 2014 @ 14:32
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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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www.nature.com
Only fiction but if it were true it would exclude a lot of people from a great number of things in society.
Posted: July 28, 2014 @ 18:57
Tags: Science
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inspireamaze.com
And very though provoking.
Posted: July 20, 2014 @ 10:25
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www.newscientist.com
Repealing the carbon tax - just another conservative move to please big business because the replacement systems will not be anywhere near as effective.
Posted: July 19, 2014 @ 07:01
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www.theguardian.com
The signs are showing - the sea is rising and there are some rich (as compared to the global average) people being affected. Maybe something will happen - but it will be too late to save Miami.
Posted: July 14, 2014 @ 08:57
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