Brett's list of bits
I have noticed a distinct silence from my right-wing friends who normally are loud and complain about just about anything but are silent on our village-idiot Prime Minister's response to the children in detention report and the lack of any action.

Was the Labor Party a shining example when they were in government? Hell no. But they aren't in government now - so this government needs to fix the problem.
Posted: February 16, 2015 @ 08:36
Given that the TPP document itself estimates there is a 0% difference to Australia's GDP should we sign it - why are we wasting our time with it? And that's outside all the negative benefits. Why are we pandering to large, external business interests on this one?
Posted: February 13, 2015 @ 13:29
This is very cool. The impact in the third world will be amazing but even outside of that the ability to quickly analyse blood (or other) samples for common things is so handy.
Posted: February 9, 2015 @ 14:47
This is quite interesting. I like the consultative approach and a lot of other things here. I wonder at what size company it starts to break down - or if the act of hiring people that you like to work with fixes that problem.
Posted: February 9, 2015 @ 14:39
Very violent but a cool edit.
Posted: February 8, 2015 @ 16:31
As it turns out, no-one really can. So that lets governments and law enforcement agencies make up their own definitions and apply them however they like.

Is this guy from Anonymous a 'bad' guy? Maybe. But is he a terrorist? Highly doubtful. But watch the FBI bend their definition so that they can use confidential and classified tools to track and (maybe) detain people without merit.

This will happen elsewhere. Even in Australia. It is probably happening now.
Posted: February 4, 2015 @ 09:46
Ok, not so much on the mathletes in this article but still really interesting reading on how elite sports(wo)men do their thing.
Posted: February 3, 2015 @ 11:51
Australia is on a list of nations that don't have a high regard for human rights. Well, played. NOT!
Posted: January 30, 2015 @ 09:37
Is it an oversight that the retention period for private data hasn't been mentioned? Unlikely. And as the article says, the potential for permanent retention is very high - because that's the way governments (and corporates for that matter) work. Better safe than sorry.

Which means that your innocent actions will come back to haunt you. And your not-so-innocent actions will doom you forever.
Posted: January 28, 2015 @ 11:33
This is way cool.
Posted: January 24, 2015 @ 14:59
This is a great story - how to convince your surgeon that there is another way to operate by creating a 3D printed version of the skull.
Posted: January 19, 2015 @ 15:17
...but to condemn Charlie Hedbo as "the enemies of humanity" and praise the Paris gunmen clearly demonstrates who the real enemies of humanity are.
Posted: January 15, 2015 @ 19:17
US centric - but ARE YOU LISTENING? Everyone talks about how cheap food is in the US. Fast food - yes. Restaurant food - no, not once you factor in the mandatory tip.
Posted: January 13, 2015 @ 18:33
And they're easy to build. This is the sort of thing we need in Perth to start building out the inner suburbs. The day of the quarter-acre block for everyone is well and truly over - but we haven't seen high density stuff yet.
Posted: January 13, 2015 @ 12:39
After all the people in the US claiming that Australia's strict gun control laws contributed to the recent Sydney hostage/shooting incident - I wonder if they'll speak up about this then.
Posted: December 31, 2014 @ 08:05
Worth a couple of minutes of your time. My favourite is the owl.
Posted: December 19, 2014 @ 08:17
This blog entry from the Bad Astronomer is worth a read but the video it links to is a must watch.
Posted: December 18, 2014 @ 13:05
Probably not tomorrow. Or the next day. But there will be a reckoning. I don't think there will be a resolution but the country will slowly slide into debt and disrepair and eventually become a global backwater.

This article highlights just one reason why - the power that the rich and large corporates have over the government. The government should be there to protect the citizens - but the way that capitalism has become ingrained in the US psyche means that the government can't reign in the business...
Posted: December 18, 2014 @ 11:47
So here's the issue: I believe that Australia is not doing enough for genuine asylum seekers. We are (generally) treating them extremely badly and ignoring our humanitarian obligations. There's a lot more to that but let's just leave that there.

And yet we have this guy who came to Australia as an asylum seeker from Iran where his life was in danger and we granted him permission to stay. He then sends abusive letters to Australia soldiers and their families; is involved in the murder of his wife and ...
Posted: December 17, 2014 @ 01:08
Ostensibly to perform copyright infringement tasks but like very other filter on the planet it will be misused by the government (and probably other bodies). The farcical path is that the government won't admit it is a filter - even though that's exactly what it has to be in order to block sites considered to be in violation of copyright law.
Posted: December 14, 2014 @ 00:01
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