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Finally got #ChromeOS to connect to my #OpenVPN server. God that was so unnecessarily difficult. For an operating system with supposedly "built in" OpenVPN support, Google sure makes it difficult. There is no interface to add a VPN connection, you have to make this ONC file (for which there is basically no documentation or tools other than the spec). The way it accepts certificates is also fiddly and full of bugs... but anyway, it's done now, and I'm a happy chappy! 
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Had a chance to go to the Alfred Nicholas Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges yesterday. Magical place, so worth a visit. 

#victoria   #australia   #gardens   #nature   #photosphere  
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"All he had was his prison clothes. That's all he's been wearing for 30 years." http://theatln.tc/1q6C22g
When Glenn Ford became a free man last month, his friends had the idea to build him an Amazon registry for all the things he needed. But after a lifetime behind bars, where do you begin?
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"Much of the cheap clothing we consume in droves is like our fast food diets—high in calories (quantity) but low in nutrition (quality). We are a culture that buys a lot of junk. Think about your own wardrobe—consider how many items of clothing you own and how often you wear each of those items. My guess is that most of us wear about 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. That is a lot of wasted space and wasted money."

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From the 1900s to 1950s, American consumers spent approximately 12-14% of their annual income on clothing. Today, we spend about 3%. But our closets are actually bigger. The average American house has doubled in size since the 1950s and closet space has increased, too, particularly with the advent of the walk-in closet in the 1980s....
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ZigZag winery around Daylesford, VIC, yesterday. 

Lots of amazing and awesome wines. I can still taste that 2011 Merlot, and very well priced too. Make sure you head down to this little winery if you are in the area. 
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In Defence of Brendan Eich, former Mozilla CEO. 

I've been most dismayed by the furor that Brendan Eich's appointment as CEO of Mozilla has caused, and his eventual resignation has pushed me to finally come out in his defence, albeit admittedly too late. That in this day, a man can be prosecuted for his ideas and beliefs, beliefs that have nothing to do with his ability or capacity to act as the CEO of Mozilla, has been most disheartening. The whole episode has laid bare the hypocrisy of those who claim to fight for equality and justice. 

Brendan Eich made a personal donation to the Proposition 8 campaign in California which intended to outlaw gay marriage in that State. As someone who has marched on more than one occasion in Pride March in Melbourne with the LGBT community, let me firstly admit that the politics of gay marriage are long and twisted. I have friends who self-identify as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual who are against gay marriage (mostly because they are against the concept of marriage, as well as various other reasons). Merely being against gay marriage, or donating to the Pop 8 campaign or conservative candidates does not make a person a bigot.

Brendan Eich has been instrumental not only in creating Mozilla, but in having an open Web as we know and enjoy today. As the creator and father of JavaScript, his technical expertise and suitability for the role are without question. He has put his life into the project that is Mozilla, helped found it from the ashes of Netscape, and has assisted in its mission in various guises ever since.

Remember the dark days of 2002-2006, and how IE-only the Web was becoming, and then think for a second what the Web would look like today if Firefox hadn't been there to challenge Microsoft and remind everyone to avoid turning the Web into a proprietary platform. Were it not for the Mozilla Foundation and had Microsoft been successful in its "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" campaign with the Web, our world of computing would look very different today. Neither Chrome, nor Safari, nor Android, nor iPhone would have been possible the way they are. And I firmly believe that without Brendan Eich, the Mozilla Foundation would not have started the way it did, and would not be where it is today. We all owe this man a huge debt. 

Eich has been the CTO of Mozilla for many years now. The position of CTO is a high-profile position, the second or third highest position in an organisation such as Mozilla. In this position, he has overseen work by many, and has had the opportunity to shape the careers of many more. Not a single claim has been made by those who have worked with him that during all his time at Mozilla, he has acted discriminately or has treated any LGBT employee any differently. Let's be clear here, we have prosecuted a man for merely having ideas and beliefs that differ from ours, not for having done anything wrong. 

Free speech isn't cheering only for those whom you agree with. Let me be clear: I disagree with Brendan Eich vehemently on the subject of gay marriage. I believe in the context of US Politics today, gay marriage is very important step towards equality of rights. While my preferred solution would be to get the State out of the business of sanctifying/classifying people's private relationships with each other, as that is a far fetched goal, I support gay marriage as an intermediate measure. But what happened to the whole "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"? Is true liberalism really dead?

The treatment that Brendan Eich has received bears all the signs of an orchestrated witch hunt. To prosecute a person for their personal beliefs is wrong. Merely supporting Prop 8 does not make Brendan Eich a bigot, but even if you think he is, bigots have every right to be CEOs, as long as they don't act based on their bigoted beliefs. 

I am sad that this is what the LGBT community and its allies have seccumbed to: Prosecuting thought crime. 

#Mozilla   #LGBT   #gaymarriage   #BrendanEich   #ThoughtCrime  
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" The future economy will be largely based on knowledge, and not on sectors such as exploiting natural resources. It’s about time people already working in Australia’s knowledge industry started making some noise around that rather obvious fact."

#Australia   #DigitalEconomy   #Knowledge   #Innovation   #Google  
Google Australia has published a new 47 page book. Dubbed 'Australia's Innovation Generation' and part of the search giant's Start with Code campaign, the book chronicles the stories of ten innovative Australian entrepreneurs, including high-fliers such as Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes and entrepreneur-turned-investor Niki Scevak.
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A very apt analysis of the long-term effects of Russia's annexation of Crimea by Reuters. 

Putin might be basking in glory and riding on the waves of nationalistic pride right now, but in the medium to long run, this short sighted move will do a lot to weaken and isolate Russia, re-unify Europe and put the spotlight on the US as still, the leader of the Free World. 

Europe will increase spending on Defence and will rid itself of its reliance on Russian gas by exploring shale gas in the Continent and increase use of Nuclear energy, depriving Moscow of much needed revenues. NATO and EU again find their raison d'etre, allowing Europeans to put their petty squabbles aside and work together again. Eventually, aging demography and decreasing population, weakening trade and investment, and mismanagement and corruption will bring down Russia. 

#Russia   #Crimea   #Ukraine   #Europe   #Putin  
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The +Australian Labor Party and Tanya Pilbersek should go fuck themselves. 

There, I said it. 

#Australia   #Politics   #DataRetention  
Wondering how the MP widely considered likely to become the eventual next leader of the Australian Labor Party views the controversial data retention and surveillance issue? Wonder no more. Deputy Leader of the Opposition and former Health, Human Services and Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek is all for it.
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Very good kebab, all the ingredients were fresh, the meat was of high quality, service was fast and very polite even on a busy Saturday afternoon. If you like Turkish kebab, you won't go wrong here.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Great coffee, amazing food as long as you can put up with the hipsters ;-)
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reviewed a month ago
By far my favourite place to relax and get a nice massage in Melbourne. Both Caroline and Josephine are extremely good at what they do, are very professional and very friendly (without ever getting too friendly, which I'm sure everyone has sometimes experienced with some massage therapists). They are very punctual and always on time, and the place is very clean and the atmosphere relaxing. What else could you hope for in a massage parlor?
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Haven't tried the food, but the coffee is just excellent. Good coffee isn't hard to find around here, but Fruits of Passion still manages to stand out. Good ambiance, staff are friendly and attentive, and the coffee is fabulous!
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 11 months ago
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Extremely rmpty on a Thursday evening at 7, I was literally the only person there with one bar staff. But the music was great (which drew me in) and while the collection of beer was nothing to wrote home about, the Little Creatures Pale Ale was solid. Solid bar if you want to have a drink by yourself.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Food is very good, the ambiance is passable but the service on the other hand is excellent and friendly. Had the Roghan Josh which was very good, if not the best I've had. Price is very reasonable, most mains are about $12 and starters around $8. Beware of the hot here, it's not Australian hot, it's real Indian hot. I like it but you need to know it before ordering.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Caroline is really lovely. She knows what she is doing, is very professional and takes pride in her job. Personable without being nosy. Highly recommended.
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