Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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August 13th, 2013

That Sydney to Singapore trip was a luxury experience. In today’s money, a return ticket would cost $72,800.

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It’s the 75th anniversary of Qantas’ Empire Class flying boat service, Sydney’s Rose Bay to Singapore in four days. ausbt.com.au/the-way-it-was…

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It was a surprisingly engaging conversation about how the internet uses electricity. It seems we’ll have a problem dealing with the growth.

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New Corrupted Nerds podcast: Dr Kerry Hinton of @CEETunimelb wonders if the cloud could run out of steam. corruptednerds.com/pod/c00004/

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John Oliver’s “The Daily Show” piece on the Australian elections is indeed worth a watch. youtube.com/watch?v=lnGhFJ… HT @joshgnosis

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“Hi, I know this is your family BBQ, but I saw your SUV. Do you mind if I talk to you about car loan repayment plans?” NO FUCK OFF.

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There’s a reason we don’t sell 30-second spots in our phone calls to Auntie Susan when arranging the babysitting for Muriel’s 60th do.

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One day someone will finally realise that conversations amongst friends and families are not a venue for your bloody advertising.

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RT @STWnextness: Social media is not helping brands sell clothes nym.ag/15KFsOA [Neither are window frames or frogs. HT @ben_hr]

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Planning my coverage of next week’s Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in Sydney. gartner.com/technology/sum…

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: Looking down Montgomery St at 2145. The Samsung Galaxy S4’s night photography is much improved. instagram.com/p/c8L8TPi2oD/

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I congratulate @firstdogonmoon for his invention of the “Liberal Party Porn and Prawn Fundraiser” today.

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@0x1C @gamambel That’s an interesting map. My @crikey_news deadline expired hours ago, but I’m still interested for future yarns. Thanks.

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Me at @crikey_news: “Crikey Clarifier: how the FBI cracked Tor, the ‘secret internet’” crikey.com.au/2013/08/13/cri…

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@0x1C Oh. Spelling. Does spelling matter? I think spelling matters. With spelling, I found this. uscyberlabs.com/blog/2013/06/2…

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@0x1C Ta for that. My Google-fu has been shit today.

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Sudden severe fatigue. It must be all the nights of irregular sleep thanks to the blood-filled nightmares. The one with fishhooks was weird.

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@jeffsonstein I haven’t read Vernor Vinge, or indeed any SF for some years. Thanks for the heads-up!

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tysone The shiny, futuristic vision of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is boldly illustrated in a PDF exported by Microsoft Word 2010. spacex.com/sites/spacex/f…

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This, @jeffsonstein, was Clive James’ point in his over-long book “Cultural Amnesia”. Me from 2007: stilgherrian.com/politics/stay_…

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RT @jeffsonstein: @stilgherrian or does each generation need to learn the same f*cking lessons, over and over again?

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“Grandpa, when they finally dismantled the surveillance states of the early 21st century, were you just ‘following orders’?”

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Wasn’t the point of America precisely that it didn’t do that kind of shit? I’m sure I read that somewhere. Or maybe it was on South Park.

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In the latter I refer to “generational-scale anti-surveillance pushback”, like Vietnam Moratorium. But has America forgotten its own vision?

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… and me from last week, “Can Australia’s digital spooks escape an NSA-level backlash?” zdnet.com/can-australias…

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Compare with me from July, “Microsoft sucked into ever-growing NSA vortex: who’s next?” zdnet.com/microsoft-suck…

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“The NSA Is commandeering the internet”, writes an even blunter than usual @Bruce_Schneier, security megastar. theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

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Has anyone seen a good visualisation of the Tor network that conveys the scale of the thing?

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@johnluu I reckon so. It’s not a thing that, well, younger males would encounter. Plus English as second language etc.

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RT @johnluu: “suppository” a popular term on @googledownunder with 20,000+ searches. google.com.au/trends [God bless Australia.]

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Here’s @MarkusMannheim’s yarn, “Public servant loses fight over Twitter attack on government” smh.com.au/national/publi…

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RT @MarkusMannheim: Judge’s decision in Banerji v Immigration Department scribd.com/doc/159857195/… [Ta, this is the “sacked for a tweet” case.]

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It’s true that “premises passed” is an industry term, and as wobbly as those “audience reach” figures for global events like the World Cup.

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“One third of NBN premises passed can’t connect”, exclusives @joshgnosis. “Exclusives” is so a verb. zdnet.com/au/one-third-o…

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@theshaun @transeunt Excellent, and I’m assuming you have a glorious selection of candidates to choose from. “Vote early, vote often!”

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My @crikey_news story has just been filed, so it’s time to cook the Breakfast Pig.

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@seancarmody Thanks. I want to explore the “railroad depot” variants too, I suspect that might be part of it. And consult dictionaries.

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@MarkusMannheim Thanks, Markus, much appreciated. It’s a damn interesting story!

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OK, time to start a-writin’. You lot can amuse yourselves for a while.

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Me from yesterday: “Why people who say ‘train station’ sound stupid”, with three charts. stilgherrian.com/language/train…

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Pennycopter Cat has the duck in its sights…this could get messy. pic.twitter.com/xcRGWMTAky

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@franksting As I say, I’m reserving my judgement [ha ha] until I’ve read the actual decision.

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Dear lawyers, I’m assuming that the Banerji case decision will appear on this page? Federal Circuit Court? austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/F…

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This “public servant sacked for tweet” yarn seems important, though I’ll read the actual judgement before commenting. smh.com.au/national/publi…

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Tue plan, draft: Finish @crikey_news yarn; plan next week’s coverage; finish corruptednerds.com crowdfunding plan and episode 4; TGIT.

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@CosmicRami @SachaBlumen There is much to commend your plans, gentlemen.

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Some better pictures of the Bennie Monorail System in Glasgow, Scotland. darkroastedblend.com/2012/05/drb-pi…

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Later today, I shall be announcing my plans to transform Sydney Trains by building the Derpoloop under Sydney Harbour and the CBD.

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Meanwhile Scottish independence is fuelled by the country’s network of Bennie Railplanes. io9.com/5915280/this-p… img.gawkerassets.com/img/17ong62w0c…

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And of course we now all have our own personal Aérotrains! rodedwards.ca/wp-content/upl…

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Hyperloop makes perfect sense. Europe’s transport is now dominated by Aérotrain. retronaut.com/2012/09/the-ae… retronaut.com/wp-content/upl…

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It would appear that @mappingbabel and I are on the same page. Time to close the storm shutters, folks. It’s gonna be a big’un!

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mappingbabel I am Silicon Valley reporter who specializes in phablets here Is My 2Cents on Engineering behind Hyperloop & why it will “disrupt” planes

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“Today on ‘I’m an Instant Fucking Expert’, unusual high-speed rail concepts!”

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RT @gusworldau: that’s onesie weather, clearly [I’ll pretend I didn’t see you say that, and you can avoid the otherwise inevitable shame.]

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Apparently temperature -6.2C out there, eh? Then there shall be pants today.

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Hello, Tuesday. I see that you are still windy.

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