Let’s Get Microsoft

In the lead up to the release of Windows Vista in January 2007, some 19 million computers were sold in the US with labels saying they were ‘Vista Capable.’ A distinction was made between ‘Vista Capable’ and ‘Vista Premium Ready.’ Computers which were ‘Vista Premium Ready’ were required to have more memory and better graphics peformance …

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Handouts Working

Federal Government handouts designed to stimulate the economy by taking money from people who earn it, and giving it to people who don’t (OK, I know that’s a generalisation) seem to be working well. If you make underpants, or run poker machines. Otherwise forget it.

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Russia Halts Missile Deployment

This is good news. But… Russia says its change of mind is based on a change of attitude in the US administration over plans to install a missile defence system in Eastern Europe. ‘Russia had said the US missile shield plan in Europe was a direct threat. In November last year, Mr Medvedev announced that short-range …

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‘Racist’ Shirts

OK, I can see why they might be offensive. On the other hand the first described is moderately amusing, precisely because it isn’t true except as a stereotype of white Australians. The second is perhaps a natural over-reaction to unpleasant complaining about Australia, its customs and people, from some recent immigrants. But even they if are offensive, why is necessary …

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Leave The Poor Old Chaps Alone

A patronising headline, but I agree. Victoria is possibly the worst run state in Australia, with chronic underfunding of essential infrastructure such as roads and water storage, a police force (sorry, service) which has been progressivley ninnified over the past several years, and ongoing financial difficulties. So in the midst of all this, to what …

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What a Scummy Thing to Do

You’re called to save the life of a teenage boy suffering a seizure. You can’t, or in any case, you don’t. Then when you find out who his family is, you try to blackmail them. Allegedly.

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Windschuttle, ‘Gould’ and the Quadrant ‘Hoax’

In an article on Real Clear Politics, Thomas Sowell wrote: ‘No one in his right mind would say that the Bush administration was flawless. But many of their worst political mistakes were the kinds of mistakes that decent people often make when dealing with indecent people, both domestically and internationally.’ The same could be said …

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Secret Whale Deal

Despite Peter Garrett’s angst, I think this is possibly a reasonable option, if only because it will stop some of the whining from local anti-whaling activists. However, stopping any taking of Minke Whales in Antarctic waters may not be a good thing for endangered whale species. Minke Whales are widely distributed and abunbdant. On the IUCN …

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From Well Meaning Politicians …

Good Lord Deliver Us. There should be a rule that anyone wishing to enter public life should have worked with his or her hands, and should have owned, or at least managed, some sort of business. This would help to get rid of the idea that there is such a thing as free money, which the …

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Serial Murderer Milat Cuts Off Own Finger

Outstanding. He can cut off anything he likes as far as I’m concerned. And if that sounds harsh, well tough. The movie Wolf Creek, which was based in part on Milat’s murder of seven backpackers (it’s a vile film, I don’t recommend it), did not exaggerate the horror of Milat’s treatment of his victims. What …

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What the … ?

Australia Day honours and all that. A chance for recognition for people who have made a substantial contribution to their local communities or to state or nation. In addition to many other awards, numbering in the hundreds, each year one person is selected by a committee to be ‘Australian of the Year’. My understanding is …

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Gay MPs Demand Death Sentence for Disagreeing With Them

No that is not an overstatement. Members of the European Parliament have called for the suspension of all aid to Nigeria following the Nigerian Parliament’s unanimous support for legislation prohibiting marriage between persons of the same gender. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. Despite recent reforms, it still needs help to overcome violence, poverty, lack …

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Why Can’t the Liberals Win an Election?

Or even a single seat in a by-election? How many elections now is it since the Liberals had a victory? (Not counting the minority government of Colin Barnett in WA). For non-Australian readers, the Liberals are the conservative party in Australia – we’re on the opposite side of the world, so this is perfectly logical, really. But some things to …

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Oh Yeah, That’ll Work

Hamas says it will be the only body to oversee relief efforts in Gaza. Given Hamas’ record in the prompt and careful delivery of aid, giving this job to some other organisation might produce a better outcome for the people of Gaza. Mahmoud Abbas says (of course) that the Palestinian Authority should be in charge of …

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This Must be Some Sort of Record

A Mexican man has been arrested after confessing to dissolving some 300 bodies in caustic soda. The bodies of victims of drug related violence in Northern Mexico were delivered to him for disposal by gang members. He was apparently paid $600 a week for this service, a substantial amount in Mexico. Incidentally, caustic soda is not an …

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