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Harry Clarke Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:47 Source

This Age journalist complains about the $18 cost of his son’s cross town journeys to visit his girlfriend. His diagnosis of the problem is, however, wrong. The costs of using CityLink in Melbourne are based on guaranteeing a secure profit for Transurban. The objective is cost-recovery with a margin. The more sensible reason for road pricing is to address traffic congestion in which case, if his son travelled away from the peak, he would pay nothing.

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Global Guerrillas Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:33 Source

Last year I was hired to craft a long term vision for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on how autonomous robots should be used to radically improve how the US military fights wars.  

This year I will be sharing my thinking with you.


The current revolution in robotics is due to rapid advances in the ability of robots to think.  

This means that most of the big improvements we'll see in the use of autonomous robots in warfare will be due to finding new uses of this attribute more than any other.  Let's explore this a bit.  

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:15 Source

By Mel Mac After the Coalition won government in 2013, the then Communications Minister and now current Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull promised that every Australian would have access to the National Broadband Network (NBN) by the end of 2016. This clearly won’t be happening and it’s understandable with such a large piece of…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:32 Source

Ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times! Barnaby Joyce, our Deputy PM, eh? Well, it just goes to show that if you have great ideas and talent, then politics isn’t the area for you. I did like the way various people in the media were re-framing Barnaby over the past twenty four hours.…

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 08:06 Source

I was in remission for a while, but the cancer came back, and had to be treated with further chemotherapy. Two bouts of weakening illness have been successfully beaten back, but further chemotherapy, in the next fifteen weeks, will make inroads, or not.

My case is unusual, my doctor surprised and optimistic, my son the scientist uncertain which way it will go. I am in no pain, but occasionally a litle groggy on my feet and forgetful of surnames.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 06:21 Source

Saturday 13 February. Author’s Note. This week’s announcement that News Corp’s revenue has declined for the fourth successive quarter has sent a shiver down the spine of the newspaper industry. It is now in its inevitable death throes. Further cuts will now have to be made in his Australian publications and when the traditional hard…

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En Passant Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 04:29 Source

Outside Lady Cilento Hospital Friday night. Main protest 12 pm Saturday

Nicole Hasham in the Brisbane Times has captured what is happening at Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane to prevent baby Asha being sent back to Australia’s concentration camp on Nauru. She says:

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Your Democracy Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 01:18 Source

dirty little secrets ...



Media Statement

Senator Jacqui Lambie


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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 00:15 Source

"Four banks, and we all know who they are – the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, and ANZ – three big mining companies, in Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Fortescue Metals, you've got your two big grocery chains, and you've got your big telco, which is Telstra…..They have "unprecedented concentration of corporate influence" in Australia…...The entire political debate has become so dominated by the interests that they're pushing, and the agenda that they're pushing.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 00:14 Source
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Hoyden About Town Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 00:01 Source

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss?...

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Poll Bludger Friday, February 12, 2016 - 18:33 Source

A ReachTEL poll, which I presume to have been broadcast on the 6pm Seven News, shows the Coalition with a two-party lead of 54-46, down from 55-45 at the last such poll three weeks ago. Malcolm Turnbull holds a 75-25 on a preferred prime minister question that allows no option for undecided, partly reversing a blowout to 81-19 that raised eyebrows in the previous poll.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 12, 2016 - 17:59 Source

By Ross Sharp There are occasions, mostly moments of boredom or lethargy, when a perverse impulse takes me to Andrew Bolt’s Blog With No Name, where I quickly scroll down the numerous items he posts on any given day just to reassure myself that, in this ever-changing world in which we live, some things remain soothingly constant…

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En Passant Friday, February 12, 2016 - 17:23 Source

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Harrangue Man Friday, February 12, 2016 - 16:52 Source

I made the day without crying before, during or after work. This morning I had to get in and send nasty emails away to thewife.

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Club Troppo Friday, February 12, 2016 - 16:34 Source

The Giles Country Liberal NT government managed to ram through legislation this week which not only implements optional preferential voting for Territory elections but also prohibits handing out of “how to vote” and other candidate materials to voters on polling day within 100 metres of a polling place.  The ABC’s Antony Green has an excellent discussion of the issues.

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Peter G-W Friday, February 12, 2016 - 16:27 Source

Helped along by the media, did the initial overestimate of prevalence of microcephaly in babies of Brazilian women infected by Zika affect WHO's response and to what extent will a vaccine prove useful?

The post Zika: Science Versus Media Hype appeared first on Peter G-W.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, February 12, 2016 - 15:02 Source

More leaks on proposed changes to the Senate electoral system appeared in the press this morning. Would they work?

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 14:04 Source

Price surges are being blamed on wind energy. Cherry-picked numbers that serve to confirm a belief that already exists is something you're going to see a lot of this year.

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Jack the Insider Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:59 Source

Australia takes another crack at finding good government over the weekend as Malcolm Turnbull mulls over yet another ministerial reshuffle. Since June 2010…

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:54 Source

Energy regulators say they "cannot identify" benefits of rooftop solar and battery storage. So here's a long list, and a blast from leading expert for promoting a "sense of entitlement", serving the interests of incumbents and discriminating against consumers.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:43 Source

Tasmanian Economic Regulator’s draft report on solar feed-in tariff ignores the challenge of energy security in Tasmania, the changes facing electricity industry nationally, and climate change.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:26 Source

After an "excruciating" few months, an upbeat Musk calls Model X the "best car ever" and hints Tesla could soon deliver its first profit.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:04 Source

What is this government trying to do and why? They want lower taxes and smaller government but why? They want a surplus but why? They want to boost economic growth to create more jobs and provide more revenue but how? One reason they are finding it hard to even appear like they have a plan…

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:50 Source

That's what Starfleet calls them, so that's what they are.

Nice story in The New Yorker about how we captured them and made them our slaves*.

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Delimiter Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Australia-based law firm Macpherson Kelley has deployed Commvault's data platform and Pure Storage FlashArray in order to improve information management and boost efficiency.

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The Tally Room Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:35 Source

According to a report in this morning’s Guardian, the Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon appear close to an agreement on Senate voting reform. There’s also an accompanying media release from Lee Rhiannon.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:29 Source

Around 60,000 years ago, modern humans left Africa to begin exploring other continents. Along the way they met other early humans, such as Neanderthals, and the different species periodically bred together. Scientists have known this for a few years—there's evidence in our DNA, of which 1.5 to 4 percent in modern Europeans and Asians is Neanderthal. But scientists never knew if those bits of genetic code had a lasting effect on our health.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:29 Source

HBO's Silicon Valley is the best comedy about the tech industry in recent years (sorry Big Bang Theory — but not really). Actually, I would go as far as to say that Silicon Valley, created by former tech drone Mike Judge (of Office Space, Idiocracy and Beavis and Butthead fame), is actually one of the best comedies overall on TV these days. And now it's returning for a glorious third season on April 24.

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