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Offline firewalker

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #75 on: September 08, 2013, 08:11:03 am »
What was the results?

Number of voters? Number of abstention?

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #76 on: September 08, 2013, 08:16:51 am »
What was the results?

Number of voters? Number of abstention?

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #77 on: September 08, 2013, 12:55:19 pm »
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If you were placed in a similar position to critically evaluate the sheer cost expenditure you'd be lying if you couldn't find anything to shave. Or corrupt.

Ditto my above comment. Someone like NICTA (or the CSIRO, or the ABC et.al that they also want to slash) would be the last on my slash'n'burn list.
Top of my list would be shit like churches not paying any taxes for example.


You could have voted for this mob then:

http://www.secular.org.au/

I went into the polling booth really having no idea which bunch of bunyips to pick. I was seriously considering resorting to a "dick and balls" donkey vote, but then I saw the box next to "Secular Party of Australia" and figured they'll do! ; hadn't known of their existence until then. 


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"For major parties, our Senate preferences are going to the Greens, then ALP, then LNP."

Oh, crap! I just ended up voting for the bloody Greens in the end. I should have just scribbled the dick and balls.
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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #78 on: September 08, 2013, 01:04:34 pm »
You could have voted for this mob then:
http://www.secular.org.au/

Yeah, but I thought Wikileaks was more important, both locally and globally. But they lost  :(
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #79 on: September 08, 2013, 01:06:37 pm »
But they lost  :(

Assange? No loss there!  ;D


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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #80 on: September 08, 2013, 01:22:18 pm »
Assange? No loss there!  ;D

Yes, it is a huge loss.
The election of Wikileaks into the Senate would have sent political shock waves around the world, and they planned on giving all senators secure USB keys and a mechanism to anonymously leak important information if they deemed it was in the publics best interest to know it. That would have changed the game of politics a lot.
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #81 on: September 08, 2013, 01:36:15 pm »
Assange? No loss there!  ;D
, and they planned on giving all senators secure USB keys and a mechanism to anonymously leak important information if they deemed it was in the publics best interest to know it. That would have changed the game of politics a lot.

:palm:
That is a policy right from the loonie bin, ripe for all sorts of abuse, at the discretion of any dingbat in the Senate!

Again:
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That's all I'm going to say.

 
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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #82 on: September 08, 2013, 02:41:36 pm »
This is interesting news.

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/libertarian-elected-australian-senate-classical-liberal-movement-rise/#.UitfOmTXQyE

"The likely new senator plans to form a "loose but powerful" coalition with other fringe parties who performed well, such as the Sex Party, Sports Party and the Marriage Equality Party" ;D

Quote from News.com.au
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #83 on: September 08, 2013, 06:57:19 pm »
"The likely new senator plans to form a "loose but powerful" coalition with other fringe parties who performed well, such as the Sex Party, Sports Party and the Marriage Equality Party" ;D

Quote from News.com.au
I just had to go check whether that was an exact quote. :D

Well, I'll be durn'ed... :-DD
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #84 on: September 08, 2013, 07:55:26 pm »
The only thing I want to add for the world wide audience is to demand symmetric speed/bandwidth for upload and download.  Don't get "bribed" into settling for a fantastic download speed/bandwidth.

The reason is a crippled upload speed allows the media titans (increasingly in bed with ISP's) to essentially control the available content on the internet.  Its simply supply and demand.  There is of course voracious demand for internet content and supply is currently satisfied, in enormous parts, by "amateur" content.

Content uploaded by non-media titan folks (like our dear Dave) account for hundreds upon hundreds of hours where the media titans are not making money on.  By choking off "amateur" content through upload speed/bandwidth, content appetite will have satisfied by that provided by media titans, which you can bet, will not be free.

So the long term strategy for media/ISP titans is clear: have public funds build the network with asymmetric  speed/bandwidth to choke off competing "amateur" content through crippled upload speeds but with fantastic download speed/bandwidth to push their content through.

Its genius.  But don't fall for it.  If public funds are to be used to build out internet networks, the public needs to make sure they get their money's worth with symmetric networks speed/bandwidth.
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #85 on: September 08, 2013, 09:17:57 pm »
The only thing I want to add for the world wide audience is to demand symmetric speed/bandwidth for upload and download.  Don't get "bribed" into settling for a fantastic download speed/bandwidth.

The unsymmetrical bandwidth is based on the technology used and the usage pattern of the average user. Since upstream and downstream share the bandwidth of the copper wire you got two possibilies. Set upstream and downstream to the same bandwidth (symmetric, mostly just business DSL) or look at the usage statistics which show that the average user downloads much more than he uploads (asymmetric, customer mass market). So the industry optimized DSL standards and chipsets for asymmetric DSL. For the utilization of a network backbone asymmetric bandwidth usage is actually not desirable because all backbone lines are symmetric.

BTW: YouTube is limiting the upload bandwidth, so a symmetric DSL wouldn't help.
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #86 on: September 09, 2013, 12:57:26 am »
Content uploaded by non-media titan folks (like our dear Dave) account for hundreds upon hundreds of hours where the media titans are not making money on.  By choking off "amateur" content through upload speed/bandwidth, content appetite will have satisfied by that provided by media titans, which you can bet, will not be free.

You honestly believe that Rupert Murdock doesn't have some form of control over advertising, and that all the income from advertising on Youtube goes to the content creator/Youtube itself?

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #87 on: September 09, 2013, 03:56:25 am »
"The likely new senator plans to form a "loose but powerful" coalition with other fringe parties who performed well, such as the Sex Party, Sports Party and the Marriage Equality Party" ;D

Quote from News.com.au
I just had to go check whether that was an exact quote. :D

Well, I'll be durn'ed... :-DD

The "balance of power" thing is a two-edged sword.
If the big Parties agree on something,they can,& will gang up on you,& your "loose but powerful coalition" won't do you one  bit of good.

On the upside.becoming an Australian Senator is one of the best scams going--you only need to stay in for two terms & you can retire with all sorts of "perks".

Many don't make the two years,though.
We have a long history of "one term" Senators standing on all sorts of "Batshit-crazy" platforms,who sink like a stone come the next election.
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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #88 on: September 09, 2013, 04:04:09 am »

OK, this off topic - off topic. I was just channelling GK's pain at the general asshattery and douchebaggery  of his elections and not having a viable candidate to vote for so may I suggest a compensatory reflex that I resort to in such occasions? Schadenfreude my friend, I just imagine I am Russian for a moment, then everything else in life seems better.


I went into the polling booth really having no idea which bunch of bunyips to pick. I was seriously considering resorting to a "dick and balls" donkey vote, but then I saw the box next to "Secular Party of Australia" and figured they'll do! ; hadn't known of their existence until then. 
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"For major parties, our Senate preferences are going to the Greens, then ALP, then LNP."

Oh, crap! I just ended up voting for the bloody Greens in the end. I should have just scribbled the dick and balls.


For example apropos  of your dick and balls ballot artistry Vlad Putin was recently visiting an Art school where he instructed the students in the technique of drawing a cat from behind. I was surprised to see he was wearing a shirt and taking time out from looting the nation and poking the eyes out of the  opposition to engage in sharing with young people.

Putin draws cat from behind: http://youtu.be/afe2Tzv7EyQ
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #89 on: September 09, 2013, 05:02:04 am »
I was surprised to see he was wearing a shirt and taking time out from looting the nation and poking the eyes out of the  opposition to engage in sharing with young people.

He is known for "taking out time" for such propaganda events. I.e. he or his yes-men plan and stage such things regularly to improve his image. Politicians around the world do it, too. Putin is just going a bit more over the edge. Piloting a mini submarine and all that. Or when his former judo trainer died he arranged for a picture and TV footage that went around the world. He lonely walking along a road after the funeral. State TV present, busy road closed and empty, security just staying out of the camera view.
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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #90 on: September 09, 2013, 01:17:45 pm »
For example apropos  of your dick and balls ballot artistry Vlad Putin was recently visiting an Art school where he instructed the students in the technique of drawing a cat from behind. I was surprised to see he was wearing a shirt and taking time out from looting the nation and poking the eyes out of the  opposition to engage in sharing with young people.

Putin draws cat from behind: http://youtu.be/afe2Tzv7EyQ


Perhaps considering the recent crackdown on homosexual rights activism the Kremlin advised him to abstain from any further shirt-off homoerotic photo ops (seriously, how many women are turned on by fishing?). He doesn't seem to be a very good artist unfortunately.



The crucifix necklace is a nice touch.....
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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2008/11/fidel_gets_religion.html
http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/why-a-conservative-evangelical-took-a-shine-to-vladimir-putin/?_r=0

......... despots, bigots and the overtly, fervently pious - the world over they're basically one and the same thing. The only difference is some have a greater reach with their claws than others.

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #91 on: September 10, 2013, 09:27:50 pm »
The election of Wikileaks into the Senate would have sent political shock waves around the world, and they planned on giving all senators secure USB keys and a mechanism to anonymously leak important information if they deemed it was in the publics best interest to know it. That would have changed the game of politics a lot.

Your Kidding me !!!
No wonder they lost so badly.  Any politician with an Axe to grind would just take down the whole senate and possibly the country if they felt like doing it.
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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #92 on: September 13, 2013, 06:24:06 am »
I'm also on copper and get 40Mbit / 10Mbit.  (VDSL2 cabinet at the bottom of the road which someone recently took too with a spray can).

As I read the comment about someone taking a spray can to the cabinet I had visions of the typical graffiti one sees. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fairly decent piece of art. Any idea what animal is in the space suit?
 

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Re: OT: 2013 Australian Federal Election Rant
« Reply #93 on: September 13, 2013, 07:22:39 am »
I'm also on copper and get 40Mbit / 10Mbit.  (VDSL2 cabinet at the bottom of the road which someone recently took too with a spray can).

As I read the comment about someone taking a spray can to the cabinet I had visions of the typical graffiti one sees. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fairly decent piece of art. Any idea what animal is in the space suit?

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