Karl and Noel write,
I note that more and more mobile providers are now charging for data
sessions by rounding each session up to the next megabyte.
This is something which strikes me as unfair - any person who uses
their smartphone in an area with less than perfect coverage can have
In terms of advanced Google search techniques, here's the best advice I've
The Prospects for Consumer-Oriented Social Media
The term 'social media' refers to a cluster of applications and
online services that support human interaction and content
broadcasting and sharing .. An
Driving Business Innovation
Driving Business Innovation is a new $16 million Victorian Government program
that supports Victorian businesses to develop new products
Google Glass Explorers
Our Glass Explorer community, which consists of people from all walks of life,
actively participates in shaping the future of Glass.
With new technology comes new questions, and our Explorers help to answer
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:34:58 -0800
Subject: Re: [LINK] Poorly Managed SSH Keys
On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM, Stephen Loosley step...@melbpc.org.au wrote:
Poorly managed SSH keys pose serious risks for most companies
Three in four have
Maybe of interest .. if you use Google's Chrome browser .. enter:
Without counting, there appears over a hundred Google browser experiments
Google say, WARNING. Careful, these experiments may bite. These experimental
features may change, break, or disappear at
Online overtakes TV for ad spending: IAB
Banner ads and other general display advertising show strongest growth
BY ADAM BENDER (CMO) 24 FEBRUARY, 2014
Spending on online advertising has beaten free-to-air TV for
RSA security attack demo deep-fries Apple Mac
By Ellen Messmer (Network World) — 26 February, 2014 20:13
San Francisco -- How bad can cyberattacks get? How about burning the internal
components of a machine, whether PC or Mac, to a crisp so there's no thought of
it being recoverable?
EU could extend copyright levies to cloud services
A new law on copyright levies was passed by the EU Parliament
By Jennifer Baker (IDG News Service) 27 February, 2014 19:24
Controversial rules to maintain copyright levies on mobile devices, and
potentially extend them to cloud services,
NBN Co tells iiNet: Use Broadcom chips in VDSL routers
ISP also planning Zigbee-powered connected home router
By Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb
iiNet, Australia's third-largest internet
From: Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos nmav at gnutls.org Subject: gnutls 3.2.12
/ GNUTLS-SA-2014-2 Newsgroups: gmane.comp.encryption.gpg.gnutls.devel Date:
2014-03-03 06:22:41 GMT
I've just released gnutls 3.2.12. This is an important bug-fix releaseon the
current stable branch which
Mozilla Research: Expanding the Foundations of the Open Web
Introducing The ‘mozjpeg’ Project
By Josh Aas, March 5th 2014
Today I’d like to announce a new Mozilla project called ‘mozjpeg’. The goal is
Hands up who doesn't like Tina Arena?
We need better ICT systems for our artists ...
AFTER losing more money than she has made in a 38-year
Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia
Ignoring proposed 'intelligibility assistance notices' would be a crime
By Richard Chirgwin, 18 Mar 2014
Full Disclosure Mailing List
A lightly moderated high-traffic mailing list forum for disclosure of security
information. Fresh vulnerabilities sometimes hit this list many hours before
they pass through the Bugtraqmoderation queue. The relaxed atmosphere of
Discovering Two Screens Aren't Better Than One
(MARCH 19, 2014. Farhad Manjoo, a tech columnist for The New York Times, turned
off a monitor at his home in California. He said his return to a single display
was punishingly cramped at first, but soon helped him improve his focus on
In Pictures: 3D printing: How does it really work?
Here are the nine most common 3D printer technologies
By Julie Sartain
Three-D printers are the hottest thing on the IT landscape. Everyone —
The Scale of the Universe ..
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to suffer from all of this.
- See more at:
This paper by Mark Zukerberg is certainly worth a read ..
(in relation to..)
Why Zuckerberg prefers drones to Google's balloons
The Facebook chief explains his thinking behind Internet access
Several interesting news items regarding Microsoft today. Thinking about it,
with some smarts, it seems quite possible Microsoft will remain the dominate
world ICT player. For example, free mobile phone etc operating systems that
readily function as fully networked remote extensions to home
A few lucky customers of the AmazonFresh grocery store will be able to order
products just by speaking into the Amazon Dash, a futuristic wand that the
company started offering by invitation on Friday.
The Dash is a narrow handheld device that talks to a customer's home Wi-Fi
This recent study, financed by NASA, found that because of financial inequality
and environmental problems, the industrial world could suffer “a precipitous
collapse” within decades.
March 19, 2014
From: DANIEL LEWIS (d...@deakin.edu.au) Date: 15/4/2014 7:05 AM Subject:
Wish to post a Call-For-Papers in relation to Deletions' Special June Episode.
The Deletion Special Episode CFP: Doctor Who: “...definitely a madman with a
For want of industry policy, our living standards are set to fall
By Goran Roos, Professor of Business and Strategic Design at Swinburne
University of Technology 15th April 2014
Blog: MICHELLE ROWLAND MP
Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications
Malcom’s multi-mix: An (up)load of rubbish
April 12, 2014
“The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of
So said Sir William Preece, the chief engineer of the British Post
A correction from Optus regarding the comparative coverage of the Telstra and
Optus mobile networks
In a television advertisement broadcast from about 26 January 2014 until 18
February 2014, Optus represented that the difference between the Optus mobile
THE WEBBY AWARDS
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the
Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, The Webbys is presented by the
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Reflecting
American telco giant ATT has revealed overnight that it will deploy Fibre to
the Premises in 100 major US cities in the United States, delivering gigabit
This FTTP model directly contradicts statements by Communications Minister
Malcolm Turnbull that the telco is focusing
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:56:37 -0700
Subject: Re: [LINK] FTTP soon normal
Up to 100 cities in 25 markets is very, very far from pretty much
Despite living in the middle of Silicon Valley, my city isn't on their list
of 100 cities.
Even their own map
YESTERDAY, the aerial search for floating debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight
370 was called off, and an underwater search based on possible locator beacon
signals was completed without success.
Although efforts to find the missing aircraft have not been abandoned, Angus
Houston, the man in
Glen sensibly writes,
When so much is connected to the Internet, why is the aerospace
industry using technology that predates fax machines to look for
flash drives in the sea?
That is to focus on the device rather than on the system. For sure
planes could send data
BIG DATA: SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES, PRESERVING VALUES
May 1, 2014
DEAR MR. PRESIDENT:
We are living in the midst of a social, economic, and technological revolution.
How we com-municate, socialize, spend
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 09:46:10
Subject: [LINK] Bring your Own Device
As usual, what I heard of this discussion, focussed on the device
rather than the human capability of schools/teachers to support
the stuff ..
Victoria government issues $1700 fines to Uber ride-sharing drivers as media
May 8, 2014 by Ben Grubb
The Victorian government is
Outcrop find could boost WA's gas share
AAP MAY 16, 2014 11:05AM
THREE rocky outcrops discovered off the Kimberley coast will prompt a redrawing
of Western Australia's maritime
Columbia University Department of Computer Science
Projects: Cider, Native Execution of iOS Apps on Android
Cider is an operating system compatibility architecture that can run
applications built for different mobile ecosystems, iOS or
Telstra to pour millions into national wifi network
Linker Stil writes realistically, over on Crikey, regarding this initiative.
With our home routers creating this Wifi world, it seems Telstra will know the
exact location (as well as much else besides) of many Australians
Anyway, 340-undecillion does sound a lot ..
20 May 2014
Remaining IPv4 Addresses Nearing Total Exhaustion
ICANN announced today that it has begun the process of allocating the remaining
blocks of Internet
The virtual grandstands of professional video gaming
By Brendan Keogh Tue 3 Jun 2014
We're not likely to see a report on the 6 o'clock news about the
A well-informed email to Bolt or Jones re the NBN might have results (See
paragraph 4) :-D
Fairfax Media, June 6th 2014, by Heath Aston and James Massola (snipped)
The public undermining of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull have been
linked to expectations inside the Coalition
Many servers expose insecure out-of-band management interfaces to the Internet
By Lucian Constantin (IDG News Service) on 07 June, 2014 01:14
Many servers expose insecure management interfaces to the Internet
According to this news item, Hewlett-Packard may soon revolutionize computing.
Up to three quarters of HP lab staff are now working on 'The Machine' ...
By James Niccolai (IDG News Service) on 12 June, 2014
.Hewlett-Packard has kicked off an ambitious project that aims at nothing less
China begins work on super-secure network as a ‘real-world’ trial successfully
sends quantum keys and data
By Jane Qiu
Cybersecurity is a step closer to the dream of sending data securely over long
Governments' IT projects needn't cost the world. Here's how we can do better
By Malcolm Turnbull
Friday 20 June 2014 http://www.theguardian.com
Australia has ambitious targets to improve the relationship between citizens
and the government: all correspondence will be able to be conducted
Help shape Victoria’s Digital Economy
Welcome to The Victorian Government’s online community.
We are seeking your input into the development of a strategy to support
Victoria’s digital economy and encourage you to submit your ideas and
Doing an ad search of Gumtree, using Crome, doesanybody else currently get this
The Website Ahead Contains Malware!
Google Chrome has blocked access to www.gumtree.com.au for now.
Even if you have visited this website safely in the past, visiting it now is
very likely to
* Why can't I browse ads? A security message pops up instead
Our team is aware of an issue causing a warning message to pop upwhen you try
to browse ads on the site. We're working to resolve thisas quickly as possible!
We apologise for the
Stephen Loosley wrote:
Doing an ad search of Gumtree, using Crome, doesanybody else currently
get this site-wide message?
The Website Ahead Contains Malware!
Google Chrome has blocked access to www.gumtree.com.au for now.
Even if you have
Firefox falters, falls to record low in overall browser share
Apple's Safari also sheds combined desktop-mobile share, while Google's
browsers gain impressive ground
By Gregg Keizer (Computerworld (US)) on 06 July, 2014 22:53
Firefox's user share on all platforms - desktop and mobile - has
Angry birds, candy crush .. next .. 2048
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Superclass - 14 of the world’s best living programmers
When developers discuss who the world’s top programmer is, these names tend to
come up ..
By Phil Johnson http://www.arnnet.com.au/slideshow/549441/
* Jon Skeet
Main claim to fame: Legendary Stack Overflow contributor
Rick (and Jim) note,
Facebook went with a novel programming methodology,
called functional programming,
Novel, eh? .. Novel to the reporter does not novel make.
Yes, indeed true Rick :-)
Mind you, I also think this reporter has indeed spotted the beginningof a major
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:59:45 +1000
While you're here Jeremy ... thanks for supporting Tassie
programmer-turned-lawyer Michael Cordover in his FOI request for the source
code of AEC software, developed in-house, for conducting Senate
SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE REGARDING THE KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (Summary)
Like many people I am deeply concerned that our government is signing a
Samsung, Arm and Nest launch Thread Group to tie devices together
By Stephen Lawson (IDG News Service) on 15 July, 2014
The Google subsidiary, Nest, and other heavy hitters including Samsung
Electronics and Arm Holdings are launching a bid to make
Although perhaps one can't be sure of the stats, this divest idea is sound.
And so, as good old Ticky Fullerton reported on 'The Business' tonight ...
I love corporate sponsorship like this ... appealing, artistic and intelligent
WE'RE GIVING AN
A SECOND CHANCE
AND AN AUSSIE ARTIST THEIR FIRST ..
Biologists discover bacteria that eat pure electrons, redefining life
By Sebastian Anthony on July 18, 2014 www.extremetech.com/extreme
Some intrepid biologists at the University of Southern California (USC) have
discovered bacteria that survives on nothing but electricity — rather than
designed to ensure that Australians are treated as second-class citizens.
On 28 July 2014 00:57, Stephen Loosley stephenloos...@outlook.com wrote:
Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper
ICT in Schools
The ICT in Schools program allows you to work with teachers and schools in a
flexible, professional partnership.
You will provide valuable ideas and inspiration for teachers and students; in
turn, you will
T'would appear our traditional, fair-enough copyright concept
is now corrupt, with any number leeching and bottom feeding ..
Advice from Google and others that piracy is primarily a pricing
and availability problem has fallen on
Why do we have to fight the Abbottom government on everything that matters?
Australians considering putting solar panels on their roofs might want to get a
The price for a typical system
Seems to me, in future, when our phones are our life-remote-controls, we are
going to need much better app security and IPv6 number-allocation systems than
we have now. Ideally every electronic device in our future lives will have a
unique IP address. So, maybe when we are born we should be
The Cavalry is a global grassroots organization that is focused on issues where
computer security intersects public safety and human life.
We strive to ensure that these technologies are worthy of the trust we place in
We are seeking to organize as a
New programming language accommodates multiple languages in same program
August 7, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University
Computer scientists at
The NSW Government Have Your Say website
Consult with the NSW Government on plans to keep the state moving and growing
into the future
Have Your Say provides details of current community consultations taking place
throughout the state of New South Wales.
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:11:59 +1000
Subject: [LINK] What Today's Economic Gloomsayers Are Missing
Technology is not our enemy. It is our best hope.
Yes, agreed. And going forward, I think technology and specifically
ATO set to apply GST and capital gains tax to Bitcoin
By Brian Karlovsky on 21 August, 2014
The Australian Tax Office is set to apply GST and capital gains tax to bitcoin
in its first move to tax the digital currency.
The ATO does not deem bitcoin as
for just such a
reason. Hopefully will have more info on this shortly. In the meantime
check out... http://www.nanotransactions.com/
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Another perspective regarding security ...
ONE of US President Barack Obama’s national telecommunications security
confidants says the Abbott government’s proposed mandatory data retention
This is the lead story for the New York Times today.
It's an altogether rather hopeful and even quite heartening story regarding the
hither-to very sorry tale concerning the world's inaction regarding climate
change. Especially and particularly America's sickening denial of real
End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email
By CLIVE THOMPSON AUG. 28, 2014
THIS Labor Day weekend, odds are you’ll peek at your work email on your “day
off” — and then feel guilty about it.
You might envy the serene workers
Australian Crime Commission rejects limits on website blocking
ACC also wants inquiry to examine penalties for non-compliant ISPs
By Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) on 04 September, 2014
This Thursday, 11th September EFA is running a panel session
on the merits and risks of mandatory data retention and mass
surveillance more generally. The panel comprises: - Dr Roger
Clarke - current Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation and
a tireless privacy
Andy notes ..
Thanks Andy. On world climate change, this Abbott government is embarrassing.
Rather than accepting the conclusions of the IPCC’s 1250 international experts
(as approved by every major government) Abbott’s chief business adviser is
An appropriate response Roger. Also one might say, after Snowden's continued
revelations today, that Aussie efforts regarding any secret retention of local
data in future might well be irrelevant given probable NSA interception. Haha,
apparently the Americans will be 'secretly' collecting
No matter how real the terrorist threat, the pre-emptive surveillance of every
single Australian would be an extraordinary policy in every sense of the word
way outside the bounds of proportionality, and, way outside the boundaries of
legitimate government action in a free country.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, September 18th, 2014
at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at the Harvard University
PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE [AUSTRALIA, UK, USA]:
For a laugh, trying searching Twitter for #HeyASIO ..
michele @micheledbell 9m
#HeyASIO knowing you can see everything I do reminds me of Santa
Anna Spargo-Ryan @annaspargoryan 1h
I had children with this person. #heyasio
EmTech: Google’s Internet “Loon” Balloons Will Ring the Globe within a Year
Google X research lab boss Astro Teller says wireless balloons will test
delivering Internet access throughout the Southern Hemisphere by next year.
By Tom Simonite on September 23, 2014
MIT Technology Review:
IT skills that are in demand, and those that will be
IT professionals seeking certifications in the coming months may get their best
return with cloud and security-related certifications.
By: Patrick Thibodeau (Computerworld (US)) on 29 September, 2014
China’s cyber-war costing US companies billions, FBI chief tells 60 Minutes
AFP OCTOBER 06, 2014 11:05AM
The head of the FBI has likened Chinese
Perhaps of interest. The U.S. is introducing online standardized tests to
measure American school students’ mastery of their Common Core, the new
academic standards that have been adopted by most (42) of the U.S. states.
Here are the online practice tests by the
French bank, Twitter team up for money transfers via tweets
Sunday, October 12, 2014. By LEILA ABBOUD AND ERIC AUCHARD FOR REUTERS
PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – One of France’s largest banks is teaming up with
Ultra-fast charging batteries that can be 70% recharged in just two minutes
Date: October 13, 2014
Source: Nanyang Technological University
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have developed
a new battery
The announcement of the death of cookies is very premature ..
Yes, agreed Ric. Although an interesting and otherwise informative article
(thanks Jan), in referring mainly to mobile phone net access, the author does
seem rather carried away regarding his predicted death of
Malicious advertisements are being 'micro-targeted' at defense companies
By Jeremy Kirk (IDG News Service) on 17 October, 2014 13:01
A major change this year in how online advertisements
Sometimes the internet (hmm, it seems our world is now beyond the proper noun
'Internet') .. anyway .. although a senior cit.. sometimes the net, and people,
still surprise you. For eg .. Hot Chips and a link there-in ..
Hot Chips http://www.abc.net.au/hotchips
(Quote) In May 1995, this web
Vale Gough Whitlam
A pity such a bright light has currently been replaced by such a feeble, dim
Green Economy Index 2014: Australia ranked last for leadership
By Inga Ting, October 21, 2014 (snip)
(Quote) Tony Abbott may think coal is good for humanity but it's not
particularly good for climate change.
It's been a big few weeks for coal and also for the climate.
We've had the ANU divestment decision, Tony Abbott opening a mine and telling
us all that coal was good for humanity, and Joe
Why Google wants to replace Gmail
Gmail represents a dying class of products that, like Google Reader, puts
control in the hands of users, not signal-harvesting algorithms.
By Mike Elgan (US Computerworld) on 25th October, 2014 22:11
It's fairly obvious to me that embedded intelligence will
continue to increase over time. We are clearly in the
prototype era. Hitting the sweet spot that aids rather than
hinders, balances automation with user control, and doesn't
subsume users needs to corporate objectives, in
Check this out .. :-)
The Martin Jetpack
Ready to fly?
Named as one of Time magazine's Top 50 inventions for 2010,
the Martin Jetpack is the world's first practical jetpack, set to
revolutionise the industries of aviation, recreation and transportation.
Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?
Impress at your next dinner party with this primer on what's happening at
the ITU gabfest
30 Oct 2014
So .. a quantum particle is here, and the waves are in the other universes ..
investigate whether quantum theory can be understood as the continuum
limit of a mechanical theory, in which there is a huge, but finite,
* Teachers are supported to undertake professional learning in key areas of
Institute of Teaching
NBN Co set to halt fibre-to-the-premise deployments
By Brian Karlovsky (ARN) on 13 November, 2014
NBN Co is set to pull the plug on fibre-to-premise deployments, but will
consider a 'fibre on demand'
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