Brett's list of bits
The stories just keep getting scarier. And there are so many other countries complicit in this activity - Australia included.
Posted: December 11, 2014 @ 10:53
Australia's behaviour towards asylum seekers is abominable. And it was even before the current government started being complete dicks about it.
Posted: December 10, 2014 @ 16:58
I agree with the article's author - we have squandered any potential benefit from the resources boom and now Australia is in for a tough time.
Posted: December 9, 2014 @ 13:27
Turns out you can go to North Korea as part of a tour group. This is a long article but really interesting.
Posted: December 9, 2014 @ 08:43
Despite crazy homicide rates and stupid accidents (not to mention school shootings) - gun control is off the table.
Posted: December 6, 2014 @ 11:17
But maybe it hasn't got the business model quite right yet. I don't think it will be the end game for the taxi companies quite yet but they definitely need to step up their game - and Uber needs to take care of its drivers and customers better.
Posted: December 5, 2014 @ 06:04
White police officer kills a man (on video!) using an outlawed choke-hold and escapes indictment because "there isn't enough evidence". Scary stuff happening in the US.
Posted: December 4, 2014 @ 15:32
With a great voiceover by the late Carl Sagan - a vision of a possible future. Well worth four minutes of your time.
Posted: November 30, 2014 @ 17:22
...no. I had a university professor insist to me on Tuesday that the ABC was the home of all leftist views in the country. No amount of arguing could convince him otherwise (including the other two professors at the table) so I left it alone. Then this link popped up today.
Posted: November 27, 2014 @ 10:06
...isn't too bad at all. But it isn't 100% yet. A sign of things to come. Maybe some real machine intelligence on the horizon?
Posted: November 24, 2014 @ 14:53
A novel way of storing electricity - essential for renewable energies (such as solar or wind) so that any generated surplus can be used later (like overnight or when the wind drops).
Posted: November 22, 2014 @ 18:49
You grow lettuce! No pesticides; no washing - just clean food. Well done, Toshiba.
Posted: November 22, 2014 @ 17:36
So it's far less than they should have done but it's far better than nothing. But they are moving ahead and saying that climate change is an issue. Pity our government is living in the past and doing next to nothing except planning to pay polluters.
Posted: November 14, 2014 @ 10:58
I think this is hilarious. But maybe it's just me. For people who know what Loren Ipsum is.
Posted: November 10, 2014 @ 09:44
The lesson I take from this story is that data collected will always be used for purposes beyond which it is intended. In this case, police took footage from London cameras on the understanding it would only ever be used in case of national emergency. Now they retain it indefinitely and use it to solve normal crimes. But it can be used to track individuals regardless of criminal intent.
Posted: November 10, 2014 @ 08:26
170+ comments from the science about the usual climate change denier statements.
Posted: November 8, 2014 @ 16:59
Big business rules the roost - normal people (the taxpayers and voters) get the shaft. Unless you're rich.
Posted: November 7, 2014 @ 13:31
Pretty much sums it up.
Posted: November 7, 2014 @ 08:16
No surprises here but a game plan for how big business (in this case, the fossil fuel industry) discredits anyone trying to attack them. It's all about protecting their dying business model.
Posted: November 4, 2014 @ 07:25
Bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. Pity that politicians are complete hypocrites. And also a pity that this isn't really about law enforcement - the first task will be for the movies studios around copyright infringement - so already this is extending beyond what it is meant to do and we haven't even got it through parliament yet.
Posted: October 30, 2014 @ 16:43
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