Brett's list of bits
By any reasonable measure (payload; range; speed; theatre survivability) the plane is a dog. We should cut our losses. And it is a political football in the US too.
Posted: July 11, 2014 @ 17:19
While I think it is unwise to me randomly spending money we don't have a debt crisis but our current Liberal government is manufacturing the belief that we do. If we do have a debt crisis, why are we giving money to healthy companies (witness Cadbury at the lower end of the scale) and spending money on warplanes (the highly compromised F-35)?
Posted: July 8, 2014 @ 11:49
I don't totally agree with this opinion - there will always be a place for status symbols. But the rest I get - cars are just a utility and the cheaper+easier they are to use the better off we'll all be. Car manufacturers (and makers of other goods too) need to understand that.
Posted: July 7, 2014 @ 15:07
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
This is great - the BBC is going to present a balanced viewpoint - which means that when 97% of people agree on a topic they'll only present the 3% view 3% of the time. That's actual balance.
Posted: July 5, 2014 @ 10:15
Companies in the US can choose not to supply certain types of birth control on their health insurance premiums if their religious beliefs are in conflict. So it's ok for the company to be able to exercise their beliefs but not ok for the person whose health is being covered?
Posted: July 3, 2014 @ 10:08
There isn't a link to the story here so it is a little doubtful how accurate this is - but the question raised is: where is all the world's plastic going? It should show up in the ocean but it doesn't. Is it making its way into the food chain?
Posted: July 1, 2014 @ 09:18
No idea where the data is coming from but this is way cool.
Posted: June 25, 2014 @ 08:49
A court has ruled that the "no-fly list" is unconstitutional - because there is no way to see if you're on it or appeal against being on it. Small steps...
Posted: June 25, 2014 @ 08:20
We've got no problem condemning people of Islamic faith but when it comes to Chinese superstition - it's ok because they have money.
Posted: June 24, 2014 @ 15:45
I'm not saying that the last government (or the last few for that matter) were role models for transparency and freedom of information - they certainly weren't that. But the current government is increasingly ignoring the public's need for open and honest governance.
Posted: June 23, 2014 @ 15:20
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
...surely the Australian politicians can too. This one is for you, Tony Abbott.

I wonder what Obama was really thinking last week when Abbott was talking down climate change in their meeting.
Posted: June 18, 2014 @ 11:08
A very interesting (and moving) story about a journalist who lost an arm in an accident.
Posted: June 15, 2014 @ 06:09
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
Looks cool. I'd buy one. ;-)
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 10:35
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 09:50
Posted: June 12, 2014 @ 10:31
I wonder if this will actually work. It will be interesting to see - or will the larger political system simply absorb the people trying to make the changes?
Posted: June 11, 2014 @ 12:32
If farmers (no insult intended) can figure out the value of high-speed, quality broadband, what's wrong with Australian politicians?

UPDATE: And they're not the only ones.
Posted: June 10, 2014 @ 11:54
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