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Mat Bettinson has been shared in 26 public circles

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Tourej Ansari16,880News Update CIRCLE SHARESRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #TechNews #EntertainmentNews #SportsNews #WorldNews #USNews #BusinessNews2014-05-12 10:46:52476231041CC G+
Hanna Silver26,310Hey everyone, it's the great engagers circle share time! This circle is people who regularly comment on my posts, and who also post regularly themselves. I'm posting this to welcome my friend +Adrian Elton  to G+. Please welcome him too! If you were notified of this post, it means you're in the circle. Happy circling! Share it round if you like.2013-10-13 04:00:029852544CC G+
Dallas McMillan7,412Circle from the land downunder - Australia's top 200 PlussersWho are Australia's most followed people on Google Plus?I've put together this circle of Australia's top 200 profiles (by follower numbers - not engagement - some aren't particularly active) on Google Plus.It's pretty interesting to see the types of profiles which make the cut.Here is my quick overview:By far the most dominant characteristic of the top 200 are photographers - professional and amateur.The other notable individuals are a couple of cricketers in the top 10, a smattering of celebrity chefs, musicians, writers, artists, models and other celebrities.There are also fair numbers of Google employees, IT workers, social media and marketing types as well as a decent number of scientists and mathematicians. The only politician I noticed was Malcolm Turnbull - the Prime Minister and Leader of the opposition are conspicuous by their absence.I got the list from +CircleCount http://www.circlecount.com/au/profileslist/ and I've made a few tweaks - removing a couple of profiles that were inactive or had moved away from Australia. There were a number of others which probably don't belong as they now work in the USA or elsewhere.  #australia   #australianphotographers   #circleshare  I've notified members of the circle - let me know if you don't want to be listed.2013-08-04 14:24:522009213CC G+
Hanna Silver12,771It's circle share time!This circle is my Great Engagers circle, as inspired by +martin shervington's original circle shares.Everyone in this circle regularly comments on my posts, and has their own interesting posts. Add them! It's a small circle!If you were notified, then you're in this circle. Please share it round. Thank you to everyone who has been sharing me out in circles lately, I'm feeling the G+ love. And thank you to everyone who makes G+ awesome! You guys rock! (Yes, I mean you!) #sharedcircles  2013-04-21 03:23:117539821CC G+
Gem Hodges3,428Hey +David Guthridge welcome to G+. Here is a circle share of Aussie photographers. I have over 700 in here but it only lets me share 500.I hope you find some good plussers to circle and enjoy your time here :)Via +Gavin Crook 2012-11-10 21:57:3550011211CC G+
You Are The Star (for FIVE minutes)356+You Are The Star (for FIVE minutes)  is pleased to share this circle of followersWelcome everyone ...Stay tuned for more interesting interviews #youareastarforfive  +CircleCount 2012-09-12 20:40:03344607CC G+
Hanna Silver2,757I feel like doing a circle share. This is a small circle of 50ish people of whom I like all their posts. No one posts too much and no one shares motivational posters. Very good. Share it round.2012-09-12 02:46:4253839CC G+
Oasis in the Stream477Sharing means caring. We appreciate your support and your kindness shown toward our page. As we share you, we hope that you would consider also sharing our page to your circles. *If we can help you in any way to learn Google Plus or any Google Product, please don't hesitate to contact the page or one of our managers* Thank you.  #circleshares   #googleplus   #circlesharing  +Sharing is Caring on G+ 2012-08-13 21:57:1149059816CC G+
Full Circle3,966Welcome New Followers You've been Circled 8.13.12This circle only contains people who have circled us since our last update. Want to be included in the next "New Followers" circle update? Just add us to your Circles (new circlers only, sorry, we can't add you if you don't circle us).#circleshare   #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2012-08-13 15:59:43254434CC G+
Nothing but Circles3,301Welcome to +Nothing but Circles Note:  If you have been shared in  this circle before, you will not be included in another. The circle is of people that just started following our page and every welcome circle will have different people in them. #Welcome  2012-08-13 13:31:05993215CC G+
Gem Hodges2,378For +Gordon Murphy, my aussie photographer circle.2012-08-07 02:45:092481915CC G+
Max Devine0The good the bad an the ugly...these are the people who I have in my stream. They are my G+.2012-05-20 15:47:2324826511CC G+
Joe Lancaster14,593This is my first shared circle!I give you 100 genuine engagers. This should be of use to you, +Hamish Lancaster.2012-04-07 02:58:181001071237CC G+
Sir John Hardy17,427There have been a few circles shared about lately. None, however, is as good as this one. Each person in this circle has been crash tested in a laboratory, simmered in a social incubator and boiled in the crucible of interaction. All have come up with a pH reading of 4 or higher.2012-03-11 14:36:3337538720CC G+
Rose T1,969As shared by +Holland Rhodes This is a circle of 99 people that live in Australia or did at one time. These are the top 99 I have circled as chosen by Google's algorithms. Most of them are very active. I weeded out anyone that hasn't posted in the past three months.2012-03-04 09:20:3998508CC G+
Dominic Meagher770The China Circle - Since Google+ seems to have welcomed a whole bunch of new people from China, I thought I'd share my China circle. This is circle of people that seem to have an interest in China. I shared it once before, and this is the updated version. Later I'm going to try to work on a more selective version - I'll try to get it down to less than 100 people. But for now, this is it.If you want to be added or removed from it, please let me know in comments.2012-03-03 03:15:25449004CC G+
Rose T1,833Australian Circle No:1This is the first of my 2 Australian Circles, Aussies, please share and add if you want to, so that we can all stay in touch with events, walks and whatever. :)2012-03-01 12:11:23496206CC G+
Dan Leveille23,227Google+ Users the Community Couldn't Live WithoutA Community-Curated CircleWith suggestions from hundreds of people, these are the Google+ users who the Google+ community "couldn't live without." Their content, personality, and overall presence on Google+ provides irreplaceable value to other members of the community.Two days ago, I asked the question: "Who are 3 Google+ users you couldn't live without?" After hundreds of comments came in, here's the Circle that everyone created!Original post: goo.gl/P4D8HFull details: Every [valid] suggestion was added to this Circle. Suggestions made on reshares of the original post were included unless the post was not share publicly. When people suggested more than three members, I chose the first three who were not already included in the Circle. Self-nominations were not included unless another user recommended that person. Pages were not included unless they represented a single person (for example, celebrities). I may do a Page version soon!#circleshare #circles #publiccircles2012-02-26 01:19:07305565373CC G+
Mykal Hall14,109With the Australian Nationwide Mobile Photography Photo Walk & Sydney Photo Walk on 31st March, it's time for another circle share.This is my Northern Territory Photographers circle. There are an extra 3 people added since the last share. Just remember that all of these circles I'm sharing are not the best of the best. I just want to make it easier for Aussies to connect with each other.2012-02-12 08:52:584304CC G+
Lisa Bimmerz7,038Per request, I am sharing my Galaxy Nexus circle again...It has grown some, since I shared this circle last week. If you ARE in this circle, please add this updated one to your existing Galaxy Nexus circle, and then please share it publicly. The more the merrier - right?! =o)If you have a Galaxy Nexus or are planning to get one, and would like to be included in this circle, simply add this circle name it Galaxy Nexus (or whatever you want), then add yourself to it, and then share it publicly.Please note; if you are not adding people back from this circle and you are in it, then it kind of defeats the point of having a Galaxy Nexus circle. Since Google has removed incoming streams, we will not see your postings shared with us, unless we have mutually added one another to circles.2012-02-04 02:34:323823206CC G+
Kate Crosby19When I returned to G+ for about the third time and tried to actually give it a chance, I found the most frustrating issue was that there are so few active Australians that there are often long dead times while the rest of the world is asleep. Like me, many of the Australians in this circle posted a couple of things in July/August/September, but because no one else seemed to be posting anything they moved away. None the less, having got near enough to 500 Aussies, I figured I should share the circle and add it to the database. Perhaps with a heap of Australian circling going on it will wake things up a bit. I have tried to cull out the wannabe Australians and the completely inactive, but there may have been a few missed out. If I have missed you please feel free to post in the comments and I'll start work on a second Australians circle.2011-11-02 08:55:134993068CC G+
steph „gingerninja“ wanamaker13,806these are my best friends ones that I trust more than my family!stephanie wanamaker shared a circle with you.2011-10-28 15:10:421781427CC G+
Idrialis Castillo11,456People in this circle shares the posts I must enjoy in Google+ ... This is a mix of my others circles, so you can find different interests in here such as food, photography, developers, scientist, techy people, politicians, artist, musicians, designers, astronauts, chromies, news people, animals lovers, lawyers, story teller, and some other.. I really love reading the post of people in here :-)Idrialis Castillo shared a circle with you.2011-10-24 17:43:2844419CC G+
Christopher Long0Stanford AI Class CircleChris Long shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 11:47:31491001CC G+
Juan Gabriel Calderón-Pérez0This is my updated Stanford AI Class Circle. If you want to get added, leave a comment below. I also have a circle for ML and DB. :-)Resources:Facebook AI Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242894285747091/Facebook ML Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/146765042081335/Strong Artificial Intelligence Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strongartificialintelligence/Stanford Courses Forum: http://www.stanfordclass.comTop 10 Study Groups & Resources for Stanford’s Open Class on AI: http://therohanaurora.com/stanford-ai-open-class-resources/Download GNU Octave for ML: http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/download.htmlYoutube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/knowitvideos#g/uTwitter: http://twitter.com/aiclassGoogle Group: http://groups.google.com/group/stanford-ai-class Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/aiclass/Class Notes (By the AI Community): UNIT1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tF3TJ98uysJHKasFjBidBolhQBNLhz9H0sx28D6Fku0/preview?hl=en_US&pli=1&sle=trueUNIT2: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eH5ZqtpOpVsURqelWEydTesFKInqXJVXLQElMUGElPA/preview?hl=en_US&sle=trueClass Notes (By LarveCode): Unit Notes in a fun way: http://larvecode.tumblr.com/tagged/ai-classClass Notes (By +Ivan De Marino ): Ivan's Blog: http://blog.ivandemarino.me/2011/10/16/ai-class-com---Notes-of-Lesson-1-and-2UNIT1: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/5a5f0750-5afd-4aa8-89b3-f1415dee4d00/a5ba70b87bcaee6cddb409632a9bba4dUNIT2: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/42ff5536-31af-4dd0-a0e8-7d17e38b62f1/d89e4cbd0fd75ba1ace59cab1a3b7182Extras: For those interested in other free Stanford courses visit the Stanford Engineering Everywhere Program here: http://see.stanford.edu/see/courses.aspx2011-10-15 23:07:104893324299CC G+
Daniel Allan0My Standford AI circle, right on 500 :)Daniel Allan shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 20:30:23500301CC G+


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Most comments: 32

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2014-07-07 00:06:24 (32 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)

Aussie government admits returning asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. In flagrant disregard of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees which Australia is a signatory:

"No Contracting State shall expel or return ('refouler') a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social or political opinion" (Article 33(1)).

Most reshares: 10

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2014-06-04 05:57:39 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 9 +1s)

The Age of Entitlement Will Only Be Over When I Say It Is

First Dog On the Moon nails it.

Most plusones: 19

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2013-12-20 05:36:47 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Woo hoo!!!

Following on from my recent graduation (thanks for all the 'grats!). I've had a couple of  extra bits of good news. I've been accepted into the PhD programme having pitched a rather funky blue sky research proposal that was by no means guaranteed. Additionally, I landed an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship as well. Which means I go from racking up debt for my studies to being paid instead. This is basically everything I've been working towards and has been all-consuming. I've needed to pull out top marks to make it happen and I did that.

This has set me up for a pretty great Christmas and New Year! I hope things are going well for everyone else too. I'm really quite excited about 2014 and beyond.

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2014-07-19 01:54:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Interesting accounts of people losing their first language. We're not talking small languages but rather major ones. Also it's surprising how quickly it happens.

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2014-07-18 00:30:30 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

MH17 tragedy, who was responsible?

Sad day with 295 dead. The press has been going into fever pitch speculating about who shot it down, ostensibly accusing the Ukranian pro-Russian separatists. The thing is, the aircraft was shot down at an altitude of 10,000m. That's well outside of the capability of the man portable Russian Iglas. Those things are pretty simple to use and the separatists have used them before. The thing that shot down MH17 was probably a Buk (SA-11) missile system. Essentially only really possible by Russian troops. Link below has comments from a military analyst to this effect.

Pretty hard core. I think Europe was already losing patience with Putin... Impressive way to solidify international opinion. Domestically, killing 24 Australians will certainly do it.

2014-07-17 15:01:17 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)


This is awesome. This guy was on the phone for 20 minutes trying to get the US internet provider Comcast to disconnect him. He records the last 8 minutes. The recording has gone viral and for good reason. It's just astonishing.

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2014-07-07 23:32:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

For all but the most precocious or durable football players, even a second World Cup appearance is probably one too many http://econ.st/1ocPVc0

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2014-07-07 00:06:24 (32 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)

Aussie government admits returning asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. In flagrant disregard of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees which Australia is a signatory:

"No Contracting State shall expel or return ('refouler') a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social or political opinion" (Article 33(1)).

2014-07-04 02:42:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Enthought used to do a great #Python distribution called EPD Free which came with all the fancy difficult to install add-ons like Matplotlib and so on. It's now turned into EPD Canopy and I can't make head nor tail of it. It doesn't even create a Python27 directory anywhere visible. Gah. 

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2014-07-04 01:28:50 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Google 'Right to be forgotten' strategy

Unless you've been living in a hole, you'll know Google has been taking down search results in Europe, and telling sites that are effected including the BBC and the Guardian. It's pretty clear that some of these requests are abuses of the spirit of the 'right to be forgotten' concept that the EU holds to. The disgraced banker for one.

Now it seems obvious that Google isn't happy with this whole affair. This has lead some commentators to claim that Google is strategically approaching the take down notices to draw attention to the absurdity of the regulations. In the last hour Google has said the British newspaper take downs were a mistake and is reversing that action. They say they're approaching the requests (250k of them...) on an individual basis.

Regardless of whether the recent action is a... more »

2014-07-03 01:05:35 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

I just had a look at the academic paper on Facebook emotions that's causing such a furor of late. I spied this gem (emphasis mine):

LIWC was adapted to run on the Hadoop Map/Reduce system (11) and in the News Feed filtering system, such that no text was seen by the researchers. As such, it was consistent with Facebook’s Data Use Policy, to which all users agree prior to creating an account on Facebook, constituting informed consent for this research.

Hahaha. Oh my sides. I don't know what ethics procedures look like in US universities but I doubt they are hugely different from ours in Australia. To conduct this research here in Australia we'd have to go through an entire ethics procedure where we identify how we selected our study subjects, what ramifications their might be for them and how we told them about it. At no stage would the ToS of a commercial company berele... more »

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2014-06-25 09:06:10 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

This is fabulous. Taken from a Greek restaurant in Melbourne. I must say though, the lack of substance modern furniture appears to have serious ramifications for its suitability as an improvised weapon.

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2014-06-18 03:34:26 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Yanks DO like 'soccer' (or at least they can afford it)

You hear a lot about how the US doesn't like football. That it's a game for kids and girls and all that. However the World Cup ticket sales tell a very different story. Brazillians snapped up 60% of the tickets. The rest went to the 600,000 odd international visitors. Intuition would suggest that the majority would go to neighbouring countries in South America, given how popular the game is. So it's perhaps counter-intuitive to learn that US fans were by far and away the largest foreign ticket buyers. 200k of them or about a third of all international visitors.

The next highest? Argentina on 61k, Germany on 59k and England on 58k. Let that sink in. More yanks bought tickets than the English, Germans and Argentinians. Wow. Still... Brazil. It's practically Texas right?

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2014-06-06 07:26:30 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

The death of story tellers

"One of the reasons it's wonderful to be here is because everyone is interested in you," said Neville Foote, 94. "Back home, nobody is interested in us. We're just old people."

This is quite sad but I think we can identify with it. If a young person wants to know something about the past, they now have infinite access to rich multimedia accounts, dramatised and summarised with syndicated professionalism.

This is quite a new thing for the human race. Where people are just old people, not rich and fascinating experiencers of our past. There's plenty of places in the world today where oral traditions are still very important but I wonder if eventually they too will change in the way that the developed world has. 

For what it's worth, I'd love to hear about the lives of those who experienced... more »

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2014-06-04 23:49:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

How's a frickin' basketball team worth two billion dollars?

And it's Steven Balmer who's up for it too. Clearly he's no Gates.

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2014-06-04 05:57:39 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 9 +1s)

The Age of Entitlement Will Only Be Over When I Say It Is

First Dog On the Moon nails it.

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2014-05-29 21:38:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Shorten mans up

Sure he's had help from Keating. That's not a bad thing. Scoot forward to 5 minutes to get into the meat of it. Where it was going down particularly well with the gallery.

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2014-05-27 00:53:26 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

China's "Devil Language"

The WSJ China Realtime blog has an interesting story from a chap that speaks the Chinese dialect called Wenzhounese (温州话)*. I've heard of this language before, as the most infamously incomprehensible Chinese dialect in China.  It transpires that the Communist Party used WZ speakers to relay messages since they were confident the Japanese couldn't intercept. Recently I came across a few YouTube clips of the language.

What is typologically supposed to be a dialect of Chinese Wu, sounds very little like it! People have said that it sounds a bit like Japanese or Korean. I can see why. It's not the phonology (individual sounds, if you like), which doesn't seem that unusual, it seems to me it's the intonation pattern which sounds rather Japanese. Interesting anyway, give it a listen!
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2014-05-23 04:10:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

So, following the eBay fail, I tried to change my password. Used the email link option. No email arrived. Not after five hours anyway.

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2014-05-21 03:50:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Where does one obtain a cat that can fetch useful quantities of recreational drugs? Is one breed particularly more suitable for such?

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2014-05-15 10:19:16 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

H/t to good mate in here +Tina Phillips  :)

I probably will survive this budget but that's not the point. I am acutely aware that so many Australians are doing it much, much harder than me and I have fought for over 40 years to get to the sort of Australia where I can enjoy my benefits knowing that others who are less fortunate are not left destitute and on the streets. That was the social wage bargain that I personally made with Australia decades ago.

I have not worked for 40 years to establish that safety net for ALL Australians to see a mangy, selfish, sociopathic government led by a mangy, selfish, sociopathic POMMIE BASTARD come in and tear down the house. Not on my watch and not in my name. I'm beyond being angry. It's a cold, hard fury and I will not rest until this evil that is being done is undone again. See you at the marches on Sunday.

This is my... more »

2014-05-13 23:00:04 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Listening to Bill Shorten on the radio. He opposes the fuel excise increases. Seemingly just because it's a 'broken promise'. That's an interesting idea. Surely as an ideologically opposite party, the opposite of their promise would be good for you? More likely it's the usual Australian opposition style: just bag whatever the government does automatically.

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2014-05-09 14:24:13 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

Someone needs to help me understand why Apple has bought Beats. A company with no unique technology and seemingly based on a downmarket hiphop brand of semi-cheap headphones. I couldn't understand why HTC bought in to Beats and I certainly don't understand why companies are licensing what amounts to a fucking EQ preset off them, but now Apple too?

Stop the world I want to get off.

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2014-05-08 23:43:15 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

The Yarra Ranges Council  sent out plans for a sorely needed concrete path along our road in Belgrave. They said they were plans (very detailed plans) but there was no money to do it. Curious. Months later, the path outside of my house is replaced by a ditch. They turned up and began work without telling anyone. To say this caused tension in our neighbourhood would be putting it mildly.

So we avoided using the car because, well, it was a ditch and then a wet concrete slab, which makes getting the car out of the garage somewhat challenging. They finish and move on. I survey the results. They have put a nice ramp down down a steep unused concrete slab, notionally a parking place but a bit too steep to be practical. They leave a 20cm height gap between the short driveway to my garage. 

So they've basically concreted our car into the garage. I run out this morning and acost the sitef... more »

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2014-05-08 23:09:10 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

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2014-05-08 22:55:13 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

So Abbot is going to put fuel prices up for Australians. Except, of course, if you're a mining company. Where you'll pay the same and in fact get $2 billion a year in subsidy of the cost of diesel.

Really we're getting to the point where the people need to rise up and revolt against this fucked government.

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2014-04-30 22:45:45 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

One of my favorite musos turns out to be a hacker. Who knew?

2014-04-25 01:58:12 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Can you not tether a laptop/pc from an iPhone just by plugging it in these days? I'm trying to diagnose this problem remotely...

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2014-04-23 00:07:27 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Is it just me or has The Age disappeared into sensationalist headlines lately? The clickbait seems to have spread out of the gossipy entertainment and 'lifestyle' sections to take over the entire front page. The lead story doesn't even say what it's about. "The horrifying truth of our national shame".

Since yesterday they've also given a new headline to a story about Game of Thrones. It used to say "Did Game of Thrones need the rape scene?" and is now "Will Game of Thrones survive shocking scene? ". Seems like clickbaitification? 

Oh well, since the Guardian has arrived I think I can safely bin them from my bookmarks.

2014-04-15 22:37:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

What's the origin of "full dance card"? My intuition is that it's based on some American practice at formal high-school dances, or something like that?

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2014-04-15 02:52:26 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Chinese xenophobia down under

Australia is in negotiations with China concerning a free trade agreement. Australia desperately needs capital to build infrastructure but there's two major problems. Firstly, Australia needs to get over the fact that the money would come from state-owned companies (and that's happening). Secondly, and more seriously, China wants to ship in workers to get the work done, no doubt motivated by Australia's infamously small and expensive labour base.

There is a strong case for shipping in Chinese workers for projects. In Africa there's ports, roads and rail-lines built in this way. That said, it's hard to see any political reality where it would be possible to have different labour rules for Chinese workers vs. Australian workers. Instead about the best the government can do is offer so-called 457 visas for skilled jobs which... more »

2014-04-10 03:48:15 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Fecking Australia Post

Just what is it with leaving cards for packages without even trying the front door? I've been reading academic papers all day in an alcove right next to my front door so I have full visibility of the path to the door. The missus just found a postie card, stealth popped in the post box.

Maybe they don't even have it with them and they're just delivering cards?

2014-04-10 01:04:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Stange conversation with an eBay seller

I bought a bunch of 'Arduino' header strips on eBay but I failed to note that the description said 2mm instead of 2.54mm, because I used Arduino as my main search point. 2mm headers turn up which clearly don't fit and aren't much use for anything. Standard PCB hole pitch, proto/veroboards etc are 2.54mm.

So I get in contact with the seller and admit that the error is partially mine but it was not helped by him calling them Arduino headers.

I get belligerent reply. He's personally used 2mm with Arduino in some unspecified way, while also pointing me to his correct 2.54mm listing. 

Give it was just a few bucks it's a cautionary tale. Again if I'd just have bought from someone in China they would have apologised and sent the correct ones. At the same time I need to pay more attention to... more »

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2014-04-08 00:17:21 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)

I've dumped AVR and moved to the #Teensy 3.1 for my hacker projects. I thought I'd briefly post about why. A combination of me not being a great coder and my projects tending towards the complicated end of the spectrum means that I've run into the severe limitations of the 8-bit MCUs in Arduinos. Mostly RAM, then speed.

That said, I like the Arduino IDE in so far as it's just C. I paste it into the window and hit upload and it just works. There have been various boards out there which have tried to cash in on the Arduino popularity but implementing more modern MCUs. ChipKit was the first I came across. I tried this out but almost nothing in the way of code I wanted to run actually ran on the board.

Then I stumbled across the Teensy 3.1. This is in a long line of Arduino-nano-a-likes. The first ones were AVRs but since 3.0 it's been an ARM Cortex M4 based. The 3.1 is... more »

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2014-04-05 06:23:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-04-05 05:26:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-04-01 10:11:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

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2014-03-31 10:50:38 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

2014-03-17 21:59:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Dear Malaysia, please sort your shit out. Kindest, Rest of World.

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2014-02-08 22:24:09 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Your cat does not have a facial expression. It is not thinking what you think it is. It is not thinking at all.

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2014-02-06 11:46:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

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2014-01-14 22:24:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

One interesting idea that's often explored in Sci-Fi literature is the notion that some agency or nation-state will leap ahead in bio technology because they aren't shackled by the same moral constraints and oversight. That day is clearly here, for better or worse.

2014-01-14 04:44:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Jesus Christ, even up in the hills it's 43 degrees.

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2014-01-13 23:42:31 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

News Cat episode 3

"The shit pie is called austerity and you fuckers are gonna gobble it down to the gravy and lick the bowl clean."

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2014-01-09 07:01:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

This is powerful stuff. Former US defence secretary Robert Gates issues a colossal slapdown on Washington, having served under two presidents from both sides of politics. The essay is an except from a book. I think it'd be riveting reading but I'm not really sure I can stomach to hear more about the "single-minded parochial self-interest" of Congress.

2014-01-06 23:48:20 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Is there a manufacturer of printers that isn't a rorting scumbag when it comes to printer ink?

2014-01-02 01:52:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Belated HNY everyone. I'm making a start on my mountain of email. So I suppose it's the first day back for real.

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2013-12-28 00:13:52 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

N5 shot by comparison.

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2013-12-28 00:10:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Terry says hello. (iPad camera test)

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2013-12-24 07:44:09 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)

Turing finally obtains a pardon. It took a royal pardon since the British government was too spineless to do it back in 2011. The argument, at the time, was that Turing was 'rightly' convicted of homosexuality laws given that was the law at the time. Obviously those laws were fucking stupid, and as meaningful as a posthumous pardon is anyway, it's entirely reasonable to issue a pardon based on the fact that society is just a little bit more enlightened than the 1950s.

2013-12-23 23:36:03 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

I got an iPad Air. It wasn't an obvious choice for an old android head like me. Nevertheless it's one of the finest pieces of technology I've ever seen. Ironic that it comes at a time when android also hit its stride with the Nexus 5. Something that feels in a similar class. Of course I fully expect the usual howls of indignation that I abandoned android in my choice of a tablet. So why did I do it?

A few reasons but the show stopper was software. Apps basically. I'll get onto that later. The hardware too ticks a number of boxes. Firstly, it's faster than anything else on the market with perhaps some otherwise undesirable devices like the Kindle Fire coming close with Snapdragon 800 chips. Then there's the aspect ratio, none of that ridiculously wide/tall nonsense that seems to plague android and windows tablets. Weight too is critical of course.

The usage case... more »

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2013-12-20 05:36:47 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Woo hoo!!!

Following on from my recent graduation (thanks for all the 'grats!). I've had a couple of  extra bits of good news. I've been accepted into the PhD programme having pitched a rather funky blue sky research proposal that was by no means guaranteed. Additionally, I landed an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship as well. Which means I go from racking up debt for my studies to being paid instead. This is basically everything I've been working towards and has been all-consuming. I've needed to pull out top marks to make it happen and I did that.

This has set me up for a pretty great Christmas and New Year! I hope things are going well for everyone else too. I'm really quite excited about 2014 and beyond.

2013-12-18 07:39:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Imagine they joy if you could block hashtags like, say #throughglass  


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