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Mat Bettinson has been shared in 28 public circles

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Daniel Gibbs9,857Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #public #publiccircle #China #Beijing #Chengdu #Chongqing #Dalian #Fuzhou #Guangzhou #Harbin #Hefei #Hong #Kong #Kunming #Nanchang #Qingdao #Shanghai #Shenyang #Shenzhen #Wuhan #Xiamen #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles 2014-11-08 07:36:16409394361
John Wood16,575Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#bosmol #BosmolCircle #GrowthCIrcle #GooglePlus #CircleShare #sharedpubliccircles #kl #bd #po #office #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #google #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing 2014-10-15 06:31:144868699133
Tourej Ansari16,880News Update CIRCLE SHARESRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #TechNews #EntertainmentNews #SportsNews #WorldNews #USNews #BusinessNews2014-05-12 10:46:52476231041
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 04:00:029852544
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 14:24:522009213
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 03:23:117539821
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 21:57:3550010211
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 20:40:03344607
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 02:46:4253839
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 21:57:1149059816
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 15:59:43254434
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 13:31:05993215
Gem Hodges2,378For +Gordon Murphy, my aussie photographer circle.2012-08-07 02:45:092481915
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 15:47:2324826511
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 02:58:181001071237
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 14:36:3337538720
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 09:20:3998508
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 03:15:25449004
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 12:11:23496206
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 01:19:07305514868
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 08:52:584304
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 02:34:323823206
Kathryn 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 08:55:134993058
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 15:10:421781427
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 17:43:2844419
Christopher Long0Stanford AI Class CircleChris Long shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 11:47:31491001
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 23:07:104893324299
Daniel Allan0My Standford AI circle, right on 500 :)Daniel Allan shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 20:30:23500301

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2014-07-07 00:06:24 (30 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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: 9

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

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

First Dog On the Moon nails it.

Most plusones: 87

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2014-08-22 10:43:17 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

I can't believe this has been around for a month and I only just found it now. Absolutely brilliant! How can this only have 400k views?!

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2014-12-23 22:04:53 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

40 years ago today

Cyclone Tracy wiped out the town of Darwin. I was there. I was three years-old. What I remember is an animal-like howl of wind while I clutched to my mother in a cupboard in the concrete storeroom underneath the house. I have to say, it's not clear to me how much of that is a genuine memory or something passed down through multiple tellings. Anyway, Tracy destroyed the town and my mother and I were evacuated by a RAAF transport plane along with the rest of the women and children. My father stayed to help rebuild. 

The town was transformed by the destruction and rebuild. Previously it was a colonial outpost with tropical two-story housing where living in the louver-walled upper floor negated the need for air conditioning. In the rebuild, everyone lived in concrete bunkers built to the 'cyclone code'. Paranoia about cyclones continued for decades.... more »

40 years ago today

Cyclone Tracy wiped out the town of Darwin. I was there. I was three years-old. What I remember is an animal-like howl of wind while I clutched to my mother in a cupboard in the concrete storeroom underneath the house. I have to say, it's not clear to me how much of that is a genuine memory or something passed down through multiple tellings. Anyway, Tracy destroyed the town and my mother and I were evacuated by a RAAF transport plane along with the rest of the women and children. My father stayed to help rebuild. 

The town was transformed by the destruction and rebuild. Previously it was a colonial outpost with tropical two-story housing where living in the louver-walled upper floor negated the need for air conditioning. In the rebuild, everyone lived in concrete bunkers built to the 'cyclone code'. Paranoia about cyclones continued for decades. Twisted girders embedded in concrete served as an artful reminder for the transient population. For those that were there, Tracy isn't something you forget.___

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2014-12-22 05:01:39 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Power meter redux

So, as I previously explained, I knocked up this Arduino to measure house power consumption by counting LED flashes with a light-dependent resistor. The quick 'n dirty attempt worked but drained a pack of four AA batteries in less than three days. Largely because it was sat there regularly using the ADC to measure the resistance. I was also naively timing the pulses which I later realised I don't care about. I went on to explore low power ways of doing things, basically putting the controller into sleep mode. Measuring light with an LDR is a little sub optimal.

So what I tried instead was using an LED to sense light (yes they do!) with a simple op-amp and comparator circuit which then drives the interrupt pin on the Arduino. The MCU sits in deep sleep almost constantly, only waking briefly when this circuit fires, to increment a watt-hour counter.... more »

Power meter redux

So, as I previously explained, I knocked up this Arduino to measure house power consumption by counting LED flashes with a light-dependent resistor. The quick 'n dirty attempt worked but drained a pack of four AA batteries in less than three days. Largely because it was sat there regularly using the ADC to measure the resistance. I was also naively timing the pulses which I later realised I don't care about. I went on to explore low power ways of doing things, basically putting the controller into sleep mode. Measuring light with an LDR is a little sub optimal.

So what I tried instead was using an LED to sense light (yes they do!) with a simple op-amp and comparator circuit which then drives the interrupt pin on the Arduino. The MCU sits in deep sleep almost constantly, only waking briefly when this circuit fires, to increment a watt-hour counter. Proper timers just don't work when you do this. So instead I use another interrupt, the watch dog timer, (Jeelib's Sleepy class), to go to sleep for 64ms intervals and just count those. 

Sleepy::loseSomeTime(64); 

This will exit when either the watchdog timer has fired or if some other interrupt has fired (like our flash detector). That's why I'm not calling this for say 6000ms. The pulses don't happen often, when I lose some fraction of 64ms, that's much less of an impact on overall timing. So now the device broadcasts watthour readings every two minutes given or take a couple of seconds. Total power consumption is so low it's hard for me to measure being as it's less than half a milliamp, certainly many months on batteries.

When it wakes up to broadcast it's around 10ma for a few seconds as it waits for server acknowledgement etc. Anyhow, getting mcus to do things via interrupts is cool, I must do more of it.  ___

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2014-12-18 23:38:39 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Reducing power of the thing to reduce power

So, a few days ago I knocked up this quick 'n dirty micro controller to broadcast timing from the watt-hour LED on my power meter. Ironically, there's no power available in the power box so I just deployed a box of four AAs and a DC-to-DC converter driving the 3.3V power on the controller directly. It should last aggggeeeess. It lasted less than three days. So I measured the draw and it was 25mA. Quite a lot.

The problem is that I was basically running a busy loop, timing the LED flashes precisely. I was also collecting about 20 of them and sending the timing to the server. Later I realised that the timing of the LED is irrelevant. I just need to count the flashes and then record how many occur within a given period and write that to a DB with a timestamp. I basically just need to send a single number and I can put the mcu and... more »

Reducing power of the thing to reduce power

So, a few days ago I knocked up this quick 'n dirty micro controller to broadcast timing from the watt-hour LED on my power meter. Ironically, there's no power available in the power box so I just deployed a box of four AAs and a DC-to-DC converter driving the 3.3V power on the controller directly. It should last aggggeeeess. It lasted less than three days. So I measured the draw and it was 25mA. Quite a lot.

The problem is that I was basically running a busy loop, timing the LED flashes precisely. I was also collecting about 20 of them and sending the timing to the server. Later I realised that the timing of the LED is irrelevant. I just need to count the flashes and then record how many occur within a given period and write that to a DB with a timestamp. I basically just need to send a single number and I can put the mcu and it's built-in RF module to sleep for long periods. As in tens of milliseconds before it wakes up to take an ADC reading of the LDR, and minutes before a short packet is sent with the count.

Quite a lot more code, low power states are tricky. Much of the timers switch off too. None of it matters. The logic on the mcu basically just counts pulses and then sends a packet to the server with an ACK request. If it gets no ACK after a few retries then it gives up and will try again later, but doesn't reset the pulse counter. So essentially as long as this thing runs, the cumulative power consumption written to the DB should be 100% accurate, despite me fucking about with the server code.

Anyway, the result was... 25mA to 2.5mA with the blue LED on (pictured) and 1.5mA with it off. I made the LED reflect the sensor for testing purposes so it's 50% duty cycle, so total power consumption is around 2mA. The radio transmission occurs so quickly and infrequently it's negligible. Let's call the DC2DC converter 75% efficient. Should be less than 1.4mA from the battery pack. With 2000mA batteries, it should run for two months. Bit better than two days eh?___

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2014-12-17 23:35:49 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Measuring power

Power companies have been rolling out 'smart meters' where I live. I've been meaning to get around to getting data out of the meter so I can keep track of the house power consumption and hopefully do something to lower it. Here's the thing, the +SP AusNet meter I have transmits to the provider via Wimax, which is weird and of course useless to me. The frequency of updates is also very low as provided to my retailer and these bozos wont even give me access to their direct web portal, which apparently is also low frequency laggy updates. 

No worries, each of these has a home access network (HAN), so you can use Zigbee to slurp the data out of it! Err nope you can't because SP Ausnet haven't enabled that either. So it's another thing in the meter you had to pay for, which you can't use. Right, so there's a P1 port on the meterw... more »

Measuring power

Power companies have been rolling out 'smart meters' where I live. I've been meaning to get around to getting data out of the meter so I can keep track of the house power consumption and hopefully do something to lower it. Here's the thing, the +SP AusNet meter I have transmits to the provider via Wimax, which is weird and of course useless to me. The frequency of updates is also very low as provided to my retailer and these bozos wont even give me access to their direct web portal, which apparently is also low frequency laggy updates. 

No worries, each of these has a home access network (HAN), so you can use Zigbee to slurp the data out of it! Err nope you can't because SP Ausnet haven't enabled that either. So it's another thing in the meter you had to pay for, which you can't use. Right, so there's a P1 port on the meter which is basically a serial port. I can access that, right? Nope, there's a 'tamper' kit around the meter which blocks the port. Sigh. So I look up some aussie firms that sell inside monitoring devices which do claim to work with this meter on Sp Lamenet. Haha, guess what? They're measuring the speed of the flashing light. And of course that only gets data onto some LCD display thing, not where we want it.

So LED flashing you say?  I can sort that myself with a dinky arduino with RF module and a light-dependent resistor (LDR). Attached graph is nearly two days of data. The straight line is where the code broke for a bit. 

As I often remind the missus, most things in Australia should be played to the soundtrack of Benny Hill and this smart meter episode is no different. The thing bristles with wireless options and points but in the end the only thing the actual owner of the meter can do is measure the light flashing. Turns out this is good enough, although I'm going to have to venture out to change the batteries every now and again I guess.___

2014-12-12 23:24:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

How to fix googles stupid new calendar.

Sick of all your Google Plus contacts showing up in your 'Birthdays' calendar? Check this out.


I'm using Google+ for my social networking but not many of my actual friends are on it - most of them on FB. Regardless, I cant stand FB and will not use it, but in order to make the best out of a SOCIAL network you've got to link with people in order to get movement in your stream. So, if you dont have the actual friends to connect with, you connect with strangers who are sharing your interest. This is all good and fine but why Google decided to pull birthdays of these strangers into my calendar is beyond me. I dont care who of them and when having a birthday, but my calendar is full of these reminders.

So, I wanted to get rid of Google+ birthdays from my calendar without disabling my Google+ profile but also keeping the "Birthdays" calendar of my contacts - here is how.

Apparently, ANY Google+ user who made their birthday available in their profile and added to "Your Circles" will show up in your calendar. "My Circles" is a group that consist of other circles and by default contains all your circles except "Following". The idea behind "Your Circles" group is great - it's a nice quick shortcut for sharing with your usual circles. 

In order for Google+ birthdays to disappear from your calendar remove their corresponding circle from "My Circles".

For example, I just created a circle and named it "Test". By default, Google+ automatically adds to to "My Circles" group. Let's say I've added John Doe  who has his birthday available to the circle "Test" - immediately his birthday will be in my calendar. In order to remove John Doe's birthday from my birthdays calendar I need:
1. Go to Settings of your Google+
2. Scroll down to "Your Circles" section and click "Customize"
3. Remove the check mark next to the "Test" circle
4. Click "Save"
5. Done

This will remove John Dow's birthday from my calendar. Please note that from now on when sharing to "My Circles" the "Test" circle will not be included - but I think it's a minor trade-off which could be rectified by manually selecting all the individual circles you want to share with.___How to fix googles stupid new calendar.

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2014-12-12 05:59:57 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Raw milk kills child, but not THEIR fault apparently

This story is pretty sad. Alternative/health food nuts tend to believe raw is good. A company sells unpasteurised milk which is illegal in Australia, so they sell it as a cosmetic 'bath milk'. A 3-year old child drank some and wound up dead. The lunatic woman that runs this outfit rails against the media and government. Check it:

“To the health department, you have opened a hornets nest, not for raw milk, but for exposing the garbage that consumers are fed, the chemical laden pesticides, herbicides, anti-biotics that are used to grow food to feed families."

That takes a special kind of crazy. Kill a child with your product and then claim it's a 'hornets nest' for all the other products that actually comply with the law. 

Raw milk kills child, but not THEIR fault apparently

This story is pretty sad. Alternative/health food nuts tend to believe raw is good. A company sells unpasteurised milk which is illegal in Australia, so they sell it as a cosmetic 'bath milk'. A 3-year old child drank some and wound up dead. The lunatic woman that runs this outfit rails against the media and government. Check it:

“To the health department, you have opened a hornets nest, not for raw milk, but for exposing the garbage that consumers are fed, the chemical laden pesticides, herbicides, anti-biotics that are used to grow food to feed families."

That takes a special kind of crazy. Kill a child with your product and then claim it's a 'hornets nest' for all the other products that actually comply with the law. ___

2014-12-12 01:56:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Contrary to stuff written on the Internet, two-stroke fuel is not suitable for four-stroke generators. I found this out the hard way with an unwelcome distraction of needing to strip the thing, clean the sparkplug and flush the fuel with cleaner. Mechanical stuff, ugh.

Contrary to stuff written on the Internet, two-stroke fuel is not suitable for four-stroke generators. I found this out the hard way with an unwelcome distraction of needing to strip the thing, clean the sparkplug and flush the fuel with cleaner. Mechanical stuff, ugh.___

2014-12-02 13:37:38 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

 Elon Musk is one thing but now Prof Hawking is gibbering about the AI menace as well? <rolls eyes>

 Elon Musk is one thing but now Prof Hawking is gibbering about the AI menace as well? <rolls eyes>___

2014-12-01 01:45:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So, the micro parties to hold the senate balance of power in Victoria. Particularly four seats of the Shooters and Fisher's party. Another conservative climate denialist party, yay. Course the hilarity is that the party is run by a husband and wife team, both winning rural east/west seats while they actually live in the Southern Melbourne suburb of Hampton. <rolls eyes>

So, the micro parties to hold the senate balance of power in Victoria. Particularly four seats of the Shooters and Fisher's party. Another conservative climate denialist party, yay. Course the hilarity is that the party is run by a husband and wife team, both winning rural east/west seats while they actually live in the Southern Melbourne suburb of Hampton. <rolls eyes>___

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2014-11-29 01:21:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is a great rebuttal of the nasty politically motivated accounts of a 'flabby' ABC that can well afford cuts.

___This is a great rebuttal of the nasty politically motivated accounts of a 'flabby' ABC that can well afford cuts.

2014-11-29 01:06:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Voting, zero sum game

And once again the wife and I trudge to the ballot box to vote in the Victorian State election. We have to vote, or you get fined. It's annoying because the wife and I will vote in polar opposites, largely because she's a Christian and will therefore vote conservative. So our votes pretty much just cancel out. Oh well, the sausage sizzle is always good.

Was also interesting to see the fire brigade campaigning at the polling station. Their message was vote for anyone, just put Liberals last. Hah! This year they've re-drawn the election boundary so that we're likely to fall to liberal (about 2% swing) but if the 'firies', as we call them, swing one in 100 then Labor will pull through. I note that lab + green + loony save fluffy possums parties outnumbered lib by 10-to-1 at my polling station. I imagine there's a different picture... more »

Voting, zero sum game

And once again the wife and I trudge to the ballot box to vote in the Victorian State election. We have to vote, or you get fined. It's annoying because the wife and I will vote in polar opposites, largely because she's a Christian and will therefore vote conservative. So our votes pretty much just cancel out. Oh well, the sausage sizzle is always good.

Was also interesting to see the fire brigade campaigning at the polling station. Their message was vote for anyone, just put Liberals last. Hah! This year they've re-drawn the election boundary so that we're likely to fall to liberal (about 2% swing) but if the 'firies', as we call them, swing one in 100 then Labor will pull through. I note that lab + green + loony save fluffy possums parties outnumbered lib by 10-to-1 at my polling station. I imagine there's a different picture at other polling stations, like further out than me which is more rural than metro. #vicvotes     #election2014  







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2014-11-27 00:49:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I think Americans are doing something with turkeys, I can't be sure.

I think Americans are doing something with turkeys, I can't be sure.___

2014-11-26 05:30:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

If every man woman and child in Australia was to pitch in $35,500 each, we could buy Apple. Then maybe we could fix iTunes.

If every man woman and child in Australia was to pitch in $35,500 each, we could buy Apple. Then maybe we could fix iTunes.___

2014-11-25 23:45:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

My Google calendar has 'upgraded'. Which, as far as I can tell, means filling it up with birthdays of people I don't know. 

My Google calendar has 'upgraded'. Which, as far as I can tell, means filling it up with birthdays of people I don't know. ___

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2014-11-18 08:51:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is the shit the internet is for

Roll camera. Eat stupidly hot pepper. Attempt to review game. It's fascinating. Imagine all those words that pop into your head but you need to choose which ones to push through the pain. Genius.

This is the shit the internet is for

Roll camera. Eat stupidly hot pepper. Attempt to review game. It's fascinating. Imagine all those words that pop into your head but you need to choose which ones to push through the pain. Genius.___

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2014-11-13 22:15:29 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Chinese phrase for getting fired: To fry squid

The equivalent way of saying to be 'fired' from a job in Chinese is 炒鱿鱼 (Chǎoyóuyú). I never really gave any thought to the origins. Jenny Zhu answered the question on Quora recently. Hah, it's quite interesting. Hundreds of years ago when Chinese workers migrated to the South East looking for work, when workers were fired (often for no real reason) they would roll up their sleeping mats. This is apparently like squid curling up when you chuck it into hot oil.

There are certainly more formal words which more literally mean to end employment or to expel. This one is much more evocative though, like being 'fired'. I wonder where the English phrase comes from?

http://www.quora.com/Why-do-Chinese-people-use-ch%C7%8Eo-y%C3%B3uy%C3%BA-to-refer-to-getting-fired

Chinese phrase for getting fired: To fry squid

The equivalent way of saying to be 'fired' from a job in Chinese is 炒鱿鱼 (Chǎoyóuyú). I never really gave any thought to the origins. Jenny Zhu answered the question on Quora recently. Hah, it's quite interesting. Hundreds of years ago when Chinese workers migrated to the South East looking for work, when workers were fired (often for no real reason) they would roll up their sleeping mats. This is apparently like squid curling up when you chuck it into hot oil.

There are certainly more formal words which more literally mean to end employment or to expel. This one is much more evocative though, like being 'fired'. I wonder where the English phrase comes from?

http://www.quora.com/Why-do-Chinese-people-use-ch%C7%8Eo-y%C3%B3uy%C3%BA-to-refer-to-getting-fired___

2014-11-11 23:34:34 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Elon Musk and everyone else who believes in a catastrophic AI singularity are wrong. On one hand we have the ongoing quest to understand our intelligence and engineer a simulacrum. On the other hand there's the quest to simulate ever more engaging virtual realities for our own minds. The sum totality of the latter endeavour is several orders of magnitude greater in scope, resources and participants than true AI research. It won't be AI that will spell the end of the age of meat, it'll be us.

Elon Musk and everyone else who believes in a catastrophic AI singularity are wrong. On one hand we have the ongoing quest to understand our intelligence and engineer a simulacrum. On the other hand there's the quest to simulate ever more engaging virtual realities for our own minds. The sum totality of the latter endeavour is several orders of magnitude greater in scope, resources and participants than true AI research. It won't be AI that will spell the end of the age of meat, it'll be us.___

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2014-10-28 21:34:54 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

We are all confident idiots

This is an excellent piece. If you don't read anything else today, read this.

We are all confident idiots

This is an excellent piece. If you don't read anything else today, read this.___

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2014-09-18 07:12:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

That green snot in your sushi is not wasabi

What I learned today:

"That light green paste nestled next to the pink ginger in your box of sushi? It is most likely a mix of mustard, European horseradish, and food colouring."

That green snot in your sushi is not wasabi

What I learned today:

"That light green paste nestled next to the pink ginger in your box of sushi? It is most likely a mix of mustard, European horseradish, and food colouring."___

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2014-09-17 22:14:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

You have to ask for the good stuff

This post is about snot. Or at least, putting a stop to it. Like many homes, I imagine, we have amassed a collection of slightly aging pharmaceuticals to deal with common ailments such as a head cold. My nose is an olympic athlete of snot production when it chooses to be. Colds are such a time. So I delve into the box and try a number of decongestants. None of them work in the slightest. Which is puzzling because they worked okay in the UK when I was periodically laid low by the diseased vector of the London underground.

So I look at what's in the goods. Phenylephrine.  I Wiki that shit and learn something new. It was introduced as a replacement for pseudoephedrine because the latter can be turned into meth fairly easily. The problem? It doesn't fucking work. Link has the goods, view full text, it's not long.

The curious... more »

You have to ask for the good stuff

This post is about snot. Or at least, putting a stop to it. Like many homes, I imagine, we have amassed a collection of slightly aging pharmaceuticals to deal with common ailments such as a head cold. My nose is an olympic athlete of snot production when it chooses to be. Colds are such a time. So I delve into the box and try a number of decongestants. None of them work in the slightest. Which is puzzling because they worked okay in the UK when I was periodically laid low by the diseased vector of the London underground.

So I look at what's in the goods. Phenylephrine.  I Wiki that shit and learn something new. It was introduced as a replacement for pseudoephedrine because the latter can be turned into meth fairly easily. The problem? It doesn't fucking work. Link has the goods, view full text, it's not long.

The curious thing about this is that the medical profession seems to actually know. You can get pseudoephedrine from a pharmacy, they all have it. However you will need to provide some ID which presumably ends up going on a database to make sure you're not shopping around and sourcing goods for Heisenberg or something. I gave instructions to this end to my wife who popped out and got me some Codral day-night tabs. It was like night and day. I can get some fucking work done without my eyes and nose gushing forth like jim jim falls. 

So, anyway, now you know.___

2014-09-17 21:52:18 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

English #strawpoll, when someone says "all but %3" do you take that to mean 97% or another way of emphasising "just %3". No wrong answers.

English #strawpoll, when someone says "all but %3" do you take that to mean 97% or another way of emphasising "just %3". No wrong answers.___

2014-09-16 02:39:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Clive Palmer can't be arsed to vote

So, our portly mining magnate turned political party leader apparently has the lowest voting record of anyone in the aussie parliament. It's not even close. He's voted for 15 out of 196 votes (7.7%) while the next highest is Bob Katter 41.8%. Of the 15 votes he did take part (linked story has the list), I count 11 of them that are quite clearly related to his business interests, e.g. repealing carbon tax, mining tax etc. To this he reckons "I achieved the most of any member of parliament". People voted for this guy. #auspolitics  

Clive Palmer can't be arsed to vote

So, our portly mining magnate turned political party leader apparently has the lowest voting record of anyone in the aussie parliament. It's not even close. He's voted for 15 out of 196 votes (7.7%) while the next highest is Bob Katter 41.8%. Of the 15 votes he did take part (linked story has the list), I count 11 of them that are quite clearly related to his business interests, e.g. repealing carbon tax, mining tax etc. To this he reckons "I achieved the most of any member of parliament". People voted for this guy. #auspolitics  ___

2014-09-16 00:25:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Snot's Law: The quantity of important tasks and deadlines in any given period is directly correlated with the chance of contracting a debilitating illness.

Snot's Law: The quantity of important tasks and deadlines in any given period is directly correlated with the chance of contracting a debilitating illness.___

2014-09-11 23:56:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Dear student, when spinning a yarn about email delivery failures being behind your late submission - perhaps you want to change the date filename on the file you've (re)sent, so that it's not abundantly clear you did it this morning.

Dear student, when spinning a yarn about email delivery failures being behind your late submission - perhaps you want to change the date filename on the file you've (re)sent, so that it's not abundantly clear you did it this morning.___

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2014-08-25 05:14:37 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Somebody stop the internet, I want to get off

Aussie presenter makes a rather good case for doing something else other than a bucket of ice water. Still, the most fun thing was the YouTube comments where some tin-foil hero says "MND doesn't exist, the government is killing you all with the chemtrails" and when challenged comes up with this priceless defence:

"/r/conspiracy is where many top minds collaborate, and routinely outsmart the most well funded, well equipped and diabolical organizations on earth. How do we do it? Top thinkers , experts on every field, unparalleled investigative skills and fearlessness. I would trust a top comment here over pretty much any news source, especially a mainstream source, any day."

Top minds. My aching sides.

Somebody stop the internet, I want to get off

Aussie presenter makes a rather good case for doing something else other than a bucket of ice water. Still, the most fun thing was the YouTube comments where some tin-foil hero says "MND doesn't exist, the government is killing you all with the chemtrails" and when challenged comes up with this priceless defence:

"/r/conspiracy is where many top minds collaborate, and routinely outsmart the most well funded, well equipped and diabolical organizations on earth. How do we do it? Top thinkers , experts on every field, unparalleled investigative skills and fearlessness. I would trust a top comment here over pretty much any news source, especially a mainstream source, any day."

Top minds. My aching sides.___

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2014-08-25 03:25:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

When I click on links on BBC News I get a blank screen with a bunch of plain text Javascript for a couple of seconds before content appears. Surely it's not just me and surely someone has noticed?

When I click on links on BBC News I get a blank screen with a bunch of plain text Javascript for a couple of seconds before content appears. Surely it's not just me and surely someone has noticed?___

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2014-08-22 10:43:17 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

I can't believe this has been around for a month and I only just found it now. Absolutely brilliant! How can this only have 400k views?!

I can't believe this has been around for a month and I only just found it now. Absolutely brilliant! How can this only have 400k views?!___

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2014-08-21 22:37:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Zuck's acid test. Genius

Zuck's acid test. Genius___

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2014-08-20 23:33:01 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Newscorp leak: Aussie papers in trouble

It's hard not to be pleased, although I suppose we should be a little sad for the 1,000 odd jobs lost. Few interesting revelations. Basically all of the profit from the popular Melbourne Herald Sun is offset by the $30 million the Australian loses each year. I'm not sure if we should be pleased by the trend though. Murdoch tabloid trash hosting frightening right-wing mouthpiece Andrew Bolt is doing well, while 'serious' national newspaper with a front page dominated by right-wing editorials presented as news, doing less well. 

Hrm, I'm going to call it positive I think. Always a market for low-brow tabloids and their readers don't need to subscribe to Bolt's tub thumping, you know what his stance is.  The Australian is far more sinister in presenting Murdoch editorials as news. I wonder how those&... more »

Newscorp leak: Aussie papers in trouble

It's hard not to be pleased, although I suppose we should be a little sad for the 1,000 odd jobs lost. Few interesting revelations. Basically all of the profit from the popular Melbourne Herald Sun is offset by the $30 million the Australian loses each year. I'm not sure if we should be pleased by the trend though. Murdoch tabloid trash hosting frightening right-wing mouthpiece Andrew Bolt is doing well, while 'serious' national newspaper with a front page dominated by right-wing editorials presented as news, doing less well. 

Hrm, I'm going to call it positive I think. Always a market for low-brow tabloids and their readers don't need to subscribe to Bolt's tub thumping, you know what his stance is.  The Australian is far more sinister in presenting Murdoch editorials as news. I wonder how those 'journalists' will go finding a new job. The Guardian is hiring :) http://www.theguardian.com/workforus

"What did you do in your last job?"
"Oh I basically translated our media oligarch's self-serving agenda into a fact-free editorial program of fear, uncertainty and doubt. Stop the boats, kill the poor, climate change is a lie etc."
"We'll let you know."___

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2014-08-20 23:00:03 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

On Kardashian Academics

Geneticist Neil Hall has stirred the pot with a paper that proposes a 'Kardashian index' which represents the extent to which a scientist's social media output exceeds their published output. It's somewhat tongue-in-cheek but I still think it's a reflection on the idea that the only valid way for academics to speak is in peer reviewed journals. I feel quite strongly to the contrary. One of the reasons that the airwaves are filled with ill-informed exposition is that academics are reluctant to engage themselves. On balance, the risk is that you get popular academics with perhaps dubious credentials. I think that's a lower risk than the alternative where academics speak only to themselves.

On Kardashian Academics

Geneticist Neil Hall has stirred the pot with a paper that proposes a 'Kardashian index' which represents the extent to which a scientist's social media output exceeds their published output. It's somewhat tongue-in-cheek but I still think it's a reflection on the idea that the only valid way for academics to speak is in peer reviewed journals. I feel quite strongly to the contrary. One of the reasons that the airwaves are filled with ill-informed exposition is that academics are reluctant to engage themselves. On balance, the risk is that you get popular academics with perhaps dubious credentials. I think that's a lower risk than the alternative where academics speak only to themselves.___

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2014-08-11 23:42:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Nyuck nyuck

Nyuck nyuck___

2014-08-06 14:02:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

So, all web browsing history to be kept by Aussie internet providers and handed to gov'ment... Thinking about this for a bit, I'm not cool with it. I wonder what VPN will deliver acceptable performance? Surely I can't be alone in this line of thinking?

So, all web browsing history to be kept by Aussie internet providers and handed to gov'ment... Thinking about this for a bit, I'm not cool with it. I wonder what VPN will deliver acceptable performance? Surely I can't be alone in this line of thinking?___

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2014-08-05 01:58:34 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Does Google look at your pictures? Yes, they have to

In the news lately is the revelation that Texan scumbag John Skillern, convicted paedophile, was outted by Google as sending horrible pictures to someone else via Gmail. This has the hallmarks of a wootbah right? Woot scumbag in jail. Bah, Google must be spying on all our email. 

As this article points out, this isn't anything new. In the US it's law that ISPs must report child pornography. They use Microsoft's Photo DNA to match images on their content platforms with known horrible images. I don't know who marks the originals etc, but I think we can all agree that it's work that should be happening.

It surprises me that the conversation is about privacy. Google's bots clearly mine all your content to show relevant ads and that's a bargain one accepts when signing up to these services.... more »

Does Google look at your pictures? Yes, they have to

In the news lately is the revelation that Texan scumbag John Skillern, convicted paedophile, was outted by Google as sending horrible pictures to someone else via Gmail. This has the hallmarks of a wootbah right? Woot scumbag in jail. Bah, Google must be spying on all our email. 

As this article points out, this isn't anything new. In the US it's law that ISPs must report child pornography. They use Microsoft's Photo DNA to match images on their content platforms with known horrible images. I don't know who marks the originals etc, but I think we can all agree that it's work that should be happening.

It surprises me that the conversation is about privacy. Google's bots clearly mine all your content to show relevant ads and that's a bargain one accepts when signing up to these services. The fact they do it for images isn't surprising but I suppose we should be aware that sending images of things which are likely to be illegal in the US will place you at risk of being identified. I'm not sure I can think of a reason I should be worried about it, but others might. 

I suppose it does rather raise the question as to how far this technology goes. A reminder here, the US three-letter agencies can compel Google (or any other US domiciled company) to reveal information. Not unreasonable stretches include Photo DNA and face recognition.

In this case, I do wonder whether this guy was the first so caught and why Google's role was revealed. I don't mind suggesting that we should generally consider our data when using Google (or any US service) but at the same time I'm sad that paedos will now probably search out something more effective at hiding their activities.___

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2014-07-31 09:19:14 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Yes, business leaders should stop whingeing. This is an excellent analysis of how absurd whines about wages are given Australia's position in the world.

Yes, business leaders should stop whingeing. This is an excellent analysis of how absurd whines about wages are given Australia's position in the world.___

2014-07-27 23:41:52 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I've got an application for cloud storage where I want to allow people to upload files to a shared folder, which they can all view. I'd rather they can't delete other files. This seems to be a problem for Dropbox and GDrive.

One way to do this would be to have the files sent to me, and then I just share the folder with view-only access. However I'm talking about something like 100 people so I strongly prefer something that doesn't involve me saving file attachments. Similarly if I have to invite people, rather than sending a link, then I'd like this to be possible in a reasonable batch way from a list of email addresses. I don't mind being a gatekeeper for publishing but it'd be really nice if incoming files turned up somewhere and I moved/renamed them to put in the sharing folder for example. 

I could even argue for paying for some service to do this... more »

I've got an application for cloud storage where I want to allow people to upload files to a shared folder, which they can all view. I'd rather they can't delete other files. This seems to be a problem for Dropbox and GDrive.

One way to do this would be to have the files sent to me, and then I just share the folder with view-only access. However I'm talking about something like 100 people so I strongly prefer something that doesn't involve me saving file attachments. Similarly if I have to invite people, rather than sending a link, then I'd like this to be possible in a reasonable batch way from a list of email addresses. I don't mind being a gatekeeper for publishing but it'd be really nice if incoming files turned up somewhere and I moved/renamed them to put in the sharing folder for example. 

I could even argue for paying for some service to do this if necessary, if it wasn't a ton of money. Any solutions or thoughts in general?

Bit more detail: I want to allow students to upload audio recordings (of themselves). Bonus points for any solution that makes this easier from phones and what have you (so Dropbox and GDrive are pretty decent).___

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

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.

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, 4 +1s)Open 

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.

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)Open 

Unbelievable!

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.

Unbelievable!

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)Open 

Fake Economics of Football

The Economist posted this short story with a headline that suggests that two World Cups is too many for footballers. They backed it up with this graph of results by average age of squad with a regression line showing a lowering trend.

What's baffling is that there's so few datapoints.  This because they decided to only use the defending world cup teams. That is, they had won the previous year. That seems utterly bizarre to me.  In fact, the three low data points which are almost entirely responsible for the downward trend of the regression line are all what you might call unusual results like Spain's crash out in 2014. 

For proper statistical treatment of Football, Nate Silver's blog has been doing some very interesting work, not the least working out what the loss of Neymar may mean toBr... more »

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___Fake Economics of Football

The Economist posted this short story with a headline that suggests that two World Cups is too many for footballers. They backed it up with this graph of results by average age of squad with a regression line showing a lowering trend.

What's baffling is that there's so few datapoints.  This because they decided to only use the defending world cup teams. That is, they had won the previous year. That seems utterly bizarre to me.  In fact, the three low data points which are almost entirely responsible for the downward trend of the regression line are all what you might call unusual results like Spain's crash out in 2014. 

For proper statistical treatment of Football, Nate Silver's blog has been doing some very interesting work, not the least working out what the loss of Neymar may mean to Brasil:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/tag/world-cup/

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2014-07-07 00:06:24 (30 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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)).

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)Open 

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. 

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)Open 

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 »

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 strategic ploy by Google, it seems to me that it raises the fundamental absurdity that Google is being asked to assess what is a valid request and what is not. Just think about the sorts of requests they get and what they'd have to do to make such a judgement. Doesn't really reside in the core competency of a technology company right?

The solution is pretty simple. Complaints should go to a European regulator who then decides if they are valid, and if they are they get passed on to Google and whomever else. It's still bollocks, because the takedown messages ensure the Streisand effect and because the internet is global and so on and so forth. Still, if the EU wants to stick to its guns on this, having a third party process requests is clearly the only way to do it properly.

After all, what are the EU going to do now? Start issuing judgement about when Google gets it wrong? Note that they did exactly that regarding the BBC story. I really can't see how this situation can continue.___

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

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 »

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 be relevant. In fact, since there are unknown negative impacts on the subjects then this research would not have been classified as 'minimal risk' so instead of a large and annoying amount of paperwork, it would turn into a apocalyptic snow storm of red tape. It wouldn't get up. Informed consent means people consent to you doing a particular thing with their data. Not "you consented to use some other service, so we're going to do research on you anyway".___

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

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.

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)Open 

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?

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)Open 

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 »

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 the war. Not just those who fought on the front line. ___

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

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.

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, 9 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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

First Dog On the Moon nails it.

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)Open 

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.

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)Open 

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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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!

* http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/05/23/what-its-like-to-live-in-china-and-speak-the-devil-language/___

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