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puzzlemuseum.com
How does this guy (Harry Eng) get stuff into bottles? Amazing.
Posted: June 9, 2014 @ 10:30
Tags: Geeky
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yro.slashdot.org
And I'm sure there is more of this to come.
Posted: June 9, 2014 @ 09:22
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yro.slashdot.org
Government, big business - whatever. In this case, big US government surveillance and "justice" departments are conspiring to screw everyone over. I'd like to believe it is just incompetence but it goes too far for that.
Posted: June 5, 2014 @ 13:04
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bigthink.com
Back in the day at Com Tech our culture was (in summary) "Employees first; customers second; suppliers third - everything else will work itself out". This was amazingly successful and was driven (lived!) from the top down by David Shein and his team. When Matt Sullivan and I created L7 we managed to capture that again - because it was a great feeling working at Com Tech and we wanted to get that back.
Posted: June 5, 2014 @ 09:44
youtu.be
This is actually a serious topic but done very well by John Oliver. My favourite line: "The Internet - aka the electronic cat database".
Posted: June 4, 2014 @ 17:54
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delimiter.com.au
I won't rehash the article - but the important point here is that our government is building a framework for access to media that is built around what the industry wants - and is excluding what consumers want. In short, propping up the incumbents in a technologically changing environment can't last long - the industry needs to change its business model pronto.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 12:03
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delimiter.com.au
This is very interesting - it would be good to see politicians in general get to the level of knowledge that Scot Ludlam does. So kudos to Labor for going down this path - it would be amazing to see the Liberal party to do the same but I'm not holding my breath.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 09:10
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tamino.wordpress.com
I really can't add anything to the discussion so I won't. Lots of posts out there - this one is a good summary but there are many more. The image at the bottom of this one was moving - and I don't mean that in a good way.
Posted: May 29, 2014 @ 08:31
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www.abc.net.au
And then they wonder why people don't take public transport on the weekend. Because the frequency of PT on the weekend is way lower than during the week! And it often doesn't go where people want to go (even in Melbourne, with a good train network and great inner-city tram network). Governments need to be continually expanding their public transportation system - otherwise roads will get clogged.
Posted: May 24, 2014 @ 14:27
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junkee.com
The funny thing here is that nothing in this article is exaggerated. I don't like it when anyone unfairly characterises other people but in this case - it is all just true.
Posted: May 23, 2014 @ 09:26
Tags: Politics
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www.theatlantic.com
Worth a look.
Posted: May 22, 2014 @ 07:33
Tags: Space
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www.nybooks.com
If someone ever says "we're only collecting the metadata - it doesn't mean much" they are lying. Completely. This article is title "We Kill People Based on Metadata".
Posted: May 21, 2014 @ 18:08
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www.newsweek.com
My favourite bit: "Why deny it if it isn't true" - a denial is confirmation that the conspiracy exists. Madness. And this isn't just America - it happens here in Oz too.
Posted: May 21, 2014 @ 10:29
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www.alternet.org
No surprise to anyone who has been paying attention but the NSA (and others) have well crossed the legality line and it didn't have much to do with 9/11 - it was planned before then.
Posted: May 20, 2014 @ 17:05
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www.askamathematician.com
A handy dose of physics for your Friday afternoon. Excellent stuff.
Posted: May 16, 2014 @ 17:28
Tags: Geeky, Science
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www.techtimes.com
While not conclusive the evidence is starting to point that way. Regardless, we need to take better care of our environment.
Posted: May 16, 2014 @ 13:53
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www.theatlantic.com
The cars only drive within a certain radius of the Google headquarters - and those roads have been meticulously mapped in incredible detail including things like curb position and height. In short, the people have done a bunch of work to make it easier for the computers in the car to do the driving. So not necessary applicable to the rest of the roads.
Posted: May 16, 2014 @ 09:03
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www.glennmurray.com.au
Unless you're big business or able to (as an individual) practice some tax minimisation schemes.
Posted: May 15, 2014 @ 09:23
youtu.be
Dog attacks child without reason; cat defends - very cool.
Posted: May 15, 2014 @ 09:20
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www.wired.com
If a crash is inevitable, should a robot-driven car crash into a smaller or larger car? If it always chooses (say) the larger car does that mean larger car owners have a legal right to sue the makers of the robot car?
Posted: May 14, 2014 @ 10:06
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