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Archive for October 29th, 2009

6.0 + 0.1 = 7 according to Microsoft

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-10-29

Microsoft doesn’t add up… 6.0 + 0.1 = 7.

It’s not surprising that as a self-proclaimed unix bigot, I won’t be rushing to install Windows 7.

That’s because I think Vista isn’t that bad, and the greater convenience touted on security matters ("fewer annoying popups") in "Seven" is oxymoronic.  My Microsoft partition will stay Vista.

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Posted in Economics and Business, Information Management, Language Use | 5 Comments »

Happy accidents – for some!

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-10-29

Are the Libs in Canberra really hopeless?  By accident or design, their Big Carbon backers must be really pleased with how things are going.

Malcolm Turnbull, one of the more environmentally aware Libs, is someone who the ALP might have considered amenable to negotiations about carbon emissions, and therefore, would have softened their approach in the hope of easier passage, even softer than ALP fundraising imperatives demanded.

So… soft legislative proposals, Liberal stonewalling.  Action delayed.

As Copenhagen approaches, pressure mounts, and there was more and more talk of a double dissolution triggered by climate legislation.  All of a sudden, the Liberals say "we are open to negotiations".

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Gubernator Gaffe – Or Goody?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-10-29

A veto note from the Gubernator, 
replete with a profanity 
not immediately obvious,  
intentional or highly coincidental? 
Enjoy the links below.

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Would the Libs attack the ALP on this?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-10-29

There are claims that the refugee processing centres in Indonesia, or at least some of them, have horrible conditions and brutal guards reminiscent of the film "Midnight Express".  If so, it may not be long before a legitimate refugee in such a place would either sicken and die, or suffer terrible injuries.

That would put egg on the faces of KRudd and company.

But if the Libs got reliable information about something like that happening at a centre that received any funding at all from Canberra, would they pass it on to the press?

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