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Attempting to install Windows 10 on my old Win 7 machine. Boy, what a mistake that was! Screen all stuffed up, no wireless connection because my wireless dongle bought three years ago doesn't support Win 10. Thinking that I'm going to have to reformat it and re-install Windows 7. Damned if I'm going to buy yet another expensive wireless dongle.
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It wasn't that win10 had been there.  It's something else. Obviously, you hadn't done this before, so Microsoft honored your key and license.  Ignore.
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I mean, brain the size of a planet, and what do they ask me to do? ... Call that job satisfaction? 'Cause I don't .
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I can't be the first person to say this; but the problem with George Pell's heart is that he doesn't have one.
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On 11 December, 2015, a friend texted me a message about people laughing with scorn when Pell's lawyer petitioned for him to be excused from appearing due to his heart condition.

I replied:

I heard the laughter on News Radio.

If I'd been there I would have been nicked for contempt when the lawyer mentioned 'heart condition' and I shouted, "The condition is that he has no heart!"
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I agree with this doctor: it's been so long since diseases like polio, diptheria, whooping cough, measles, rubella and mumps were prevalent in our society that few younger parents have the remotest idea of how horrible they are. Hence the rise of misguided anti-vaxxers, spurred on by that charlatan Andrew Wakefield, now thoroughly discredited.
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I went to school with two people who had polio. I understood even at a young age the value of vaccinations. 
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Three cheers for a great selection as Australian of the Year!

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"It is an extraordinary time to be an Australian, but I need to give it qualified agreement," the Australian of the Year said.

"For reasons beyond education and professional qualifications or willingness to contribute or a desire to be a part of our society ... too many of our fellow Australians are denied the opportunity to reach their potential.

"It happens because of their gender, because of the god they believe in, because of their racial heritage, because they're not able bodied, because of their sexual orientation."

The Age 26/1/2016
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Google to pay £130m in backdated UK tax. Similar things are happening in other European countries to major internationals.

WHY is the Australian government not doing this to Google? And Apple? And Vodaphone? And Microsoft? And Adobe?
Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes after an "open audit" of its accounts by the UK tax authorities.
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It's quite possible that Australia isn't doing the same to Google because Google is already in compliance with Australian tax law as it is currently written, so there aren't any back taxes to collect.

And if you think that those multinationals should be taxed differently going forward, petition your legislators to change the tax law.
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Normally I treat claims of discovering 'Planet X' with great suspicion, but these results are from Mike Brown (@plutokiller) and his team at Caltech, for whom I have great respect.
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Fascinating discussion on the Unseen Podcast about whether droids or fully fledged artificial intelligences should be granted rights. And what is our moral responsibility towards such entities?
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The community choir of which I'm a member needs more choristers for our performance this year, particularly tenors and basses. If you love to sing and can hold a tune, and live in or near Melbourne (we rehearse at MLC in Kew), please get in contact with us.
Our programme for 2016 will be a bit of a departure from previous traditions in that we shall be singing a selection of popular opera choruses together with front line soloists. In another first for The Star Chorale, we shall be staging two performances at two different venues.
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Likewise, but I'll see what I can do.
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Latest update to Mac OSX El Capitan, which I allowed to install last night, seems to have wrecked Safari. You can't type anything into the address/search bar.

Anyone else experiencing this? (And please spare me the 'Apple sucks' refrain).
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Seems it's a known bug. The work-around is going to Safari > Preferences > Search (at the top of the Preferences window) and removing the check mark in front of "Include Safari Suggestions".
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Is it just me, or is it hilarious that this otherwise interesting article about why Facebook sucks ends with a link saying:

Like this story? Be our friend on Facebook .
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Hmmm... OK. You're right.
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Hmmmm.... This GUI design is, apparently, original and not derivative of existing designs. Somehow I think the US Patent Office needs to get out more.
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Editor, fiction writer, blogger, software developer, technophile, based in Melbourne, Australia.
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I live in Australia and I’m a husband, father (and now grandfather), short story writer, multimedia programmer, shareware publisher, one-time SF fan,  one-time fanzine editor, amateur 3D artist, amateur photographer, amateur choral singer… and probably a bunch of other stuff.

I recently returned to writing fiction after a gap of several decades, and it's what I intend to concentrate on from now on in my life. As a big part of this, I'm establishing a new web site called The Narratorium where I and a few others can feature our work.

I write a semi-regular blog on a variety of topics including what I have read and what I think about things. You can find it here.

I'm something of a latter-day Apple fanboy, after years of being a Microsoft adherent. It was the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad which did the trick. I now do a large proportion of my reading on the iPad. But, on the other hand, I do own some 3000 "dead-tree" books, and I do love a beautifully produced hardcover edition.

I have several works now available in e-book format. These are all available through my web site.

I also now offer services to other authors such as editing, proof-reading, typography and layout for print, and ebook production.

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