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  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 10:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Pure, endless greed

    Ironically, this sounds like a dozen different phone games. Build your empire in Kingdom of Lawyers!

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 10:31pm

    New South Wales, Australia

    Our area has already abolished car registration stickers in favour of license plate readers. The reaction seems to have been non existent. Now excuse me while I tap the smart card to pay my fare for public transport. *ding* They won't track me, I don't have a car, I take the train.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 4:18pm

    TPG Customer Service

    I was with TPG. Their service was OK but their customer service was abysmal, with overseas call centre operators who would parrot out a script ("Reboot your modem, while you're on the phone with us, or we won't talk to you!") then get stuck and send out a technician.

    We jumped ship to Internode, who were a little more expensive but we figured it would be worth it. We have had almost no problems with the service and their customer service is the best in the world! A self-owned call centre full of people who know what they are talking about and very helpful and very friendly and not in the least bit patronising. If you want a lesson in customer service, they are a shining example.

    Shortly after we joined Internode as our ISP, they were bought by iiNet, about a couple of months later. So far nothing has changed. But if TPG's customer service is anything to go by, God help iiNet's customers! We are rapidly turning into the U.S. in terms of how many ISP's we have available. In fact, many TPG customers joined iiNet or Intenode to get away from TPG and are now considering Telstra and Optus for their ISP's, something previously unimaginable.

    So if TPG's customer service is anything to go by, all iiNet customers will soon be merely a cash cow with no care and little responsibility taken, if any.

  • Apr 4th, 2015 @ 8:53am

    Striesand Effect

    Mike, you should patent the Striesand Effect, then turn it over to the public domain or CC0, whicherver is legal.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 1:44am

    We ADDED Cable Just Last Year!

    Why? Because most of what we watch on there isn't on DVD or the streaming services. But that's OK, because our DVR takes care of what time we watch it and commercials are simply fast-forward-ed anyway.

    To be honest, we don't have "the full package" and soon we will have less channels than we currently do (unless we pay $20 per month extra because the price went up) but again it's OK because they're just channels we seldom watched anyway.

    Mind you, if the price goes up again next year, we will wrap up watching what we are currently watching and dump them like a hot potato!

  • Mar 28th, 2015 @ 7:12am

    Re: Who Is Watching C-SPAN

    If I was on C-SPAN, I'd be more careful about what I said in case I ended up on the commentary end of "The Daily Show"!

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 10:54pm

    New South Wales, Australia

    The state of New South Wales in Australia has done away with registration tickets and is relying solely on automatic license plate readers to determine if your car registration is up to date or not.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 10:49pm

    That Stupid Berne Convention

    How old is the stupid Berne Convention? I'm certain the world has moved on since then.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 5:10am

    Pardon My Ignorance

    What do you mean by the device being rooted?

  • Mar 22nd, 2015 @ 3:58pm

    Streaming Services in Australia

    Oh hooray, we have Stan (which is a dumb name for a streaming service), Quickflix, Presto and tomorrow we'll have Netflix. The thing is, I can't afford to subscribe to every darn service. And they don't have much I actually want to watch either.

    Quickflix charges extra for "premium" shows like "Call The Midwife" and "Game Of Thrones". In fact, for the price of subscribing to Quickflix for one month then the additional fee for "Game Of Thrones" per season, I could buy the BluRay for a couple of dollars more, or the DVD for a couple of dollars less. And buying the discs means I don't use any of my monthly data quota.

  • Mar 21st, 2015 @ 6:37pm

    Re: Man, this "history" bit is lame.

    I think you completely missed the point of why that story was and is relevant.

    The point Viacom made was that YouTube is full of infringing videos and Google should know which ones are infringing and remove them. Google basically replied stating that it can't know which ones are infringing unless it's been told which ones. Viacom promptly produced a list of infringing videos, including quite a few that Viacom staff had uploaded themselves.

    Therefore either those videos uploaded by Viacom staff were official after all or Viacom was engaging in entrapment by uploading infringing videos in order to get Google into trouble. But if they're not involved in entrapment and the videos uploaded by Viacom staff are official, how is Google meant to know that they are official when even Vicaom, who own the videos, can't tell if they were official?

    And so the lawsuit went. Nobody is condoning the stealing of intellectual property, let alone monetizing the stealing of intellectual property.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 10:46pm

    TV Cop Shows

    There was an episode of "Blue Heelers" like this.

  • Mar 7th, 2015 @ 7:14pm

    Crowdfunded DVD's and LP's

    I had an idea to crowdfund the DVD's and LP's I wanted to see released. I wanted to license out the content, primarily TV shows and some (mainly Australian) albums, and release them to DVD (the TV shows) and LP (the albums) but I ran into two huge problems which have stopped me.

    Problem 1: How do I let people pay me for the crowd to actually fund me? I'd use the Kickstarter "model" of if I can't do a project, such as if I'm refused a license, I will refund the backer's money.

    Problem 2: Finding the rights holders for many of the shows I wanted to license is actually next to impossible because they keep forming multi-studio groups named after the show, so the show is copyrighted to the name of the show or some variation thereof.

    I'd really like to try this. And if you can think of a way to get it done where I can't, go for it. This idea is free for any and all to use, no strings attached. Not even attribution required.

  • Feb 26th, 2015 @ 4:07pm

    Also Ironic.....

    Also ironic is the fact that they would have sent all this through a website to translate into morse code. Imagine how long that could have taken if there was fast and slow lanes of the internet? I assume the morse code translator site would end up in the slow lane as it wouldn't have the funds to pay for fast lane access and besides it's not very important as nobody wants to use morse code anymore.

  • Feb 26th, 2015 @ 3:28pm

    (untitled comment)

    I'm just reading this at work. Hope I don't get fired!®™

  • Feb 17th, 2015 @ 1:18pm

    More Of This, Please!

    I'd like to see more of this stuff happen. For example, now that this has happened, Samsung can redesign their washer doors to be LG proof! And LG can build a TV that learns keywords for voice control within the TV. I'd like to see Apple and Samsung battle it out, literally! Then Sony and Microsoft! Then Nintendo could grab their Pikachus and zap the other two too! I like where this is going.....

  • Oct 25th, 2014 @ 3:43pm

    153 Years Ago

    October 21st, 1861 was a landmark day in the history of telecommunication: the First Transcontinental Telegraph was completed, connecting the small existing networks on the east and west coasts, causing people to cry out in alarm about all the suddenly unemployed riders for The Pony Express and resulted in many newspaper articles claiming that that this would cause people to stop talking to each other, stop writing letters and to start ending every sentence with the word stop!

    With all the techno-panic about everything ever, I would not be surprised if this was the case.

  • Sep 28th, 2014 @ 2:37pm

    What If.....?

    What if there was a law all those years ago hat prevented large chain stores? For example, there could only be one McDonald's in the world. Then nobody would have to pay McDonald's to make the same hamburgers. Anyone could make a Big Mac using the same recipe. But they could not call their burger place McDonald's. In theory the good Big Mac makers will survive and the crap ones will slowly go out of business. Now apply that to not just McDonald's but to every Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc, and imagine what that would be like.

    I don't know what that would be like, whether it'd be good or bad. I just think it'd be a good springboard for discussion.

  • Sep 28th, 2014 @ 2:19pm

    The Constitution

    Basically I think the constitution should be re-written from scratch. By the public. Crowdsourced. The current one isn't bad, not in the least, but I think it needs a massive update. The old one would be the basis for the new one. Why do I suggest this? Because times have changed since it was written over 200 years ago.

    As a counter-suggestion, maybe not re-write the whole thing but get every point clarified. Again, crowdsourcing it.

  • Sep 11th, 2014 @ 6:09am

    No Photography?

    After that certain date 13 years ago, there was an anti-terrorism ad campaign on television here in Australia that basically did the whole "see something, say something" along with a list of things that would be suspicious.

    Now, one thing on the list was photographing things but the picture accompanying it showed somebody shoving their camera through a fence and taking pictures of some kind of compound. So obviously if you stick a camera through a fence to take a picture of, say, a food distribution plant, because, say, you might be making a blog on food trucks, you might be a terrorist.

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