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  1. Its only divisive because the country is full of self-seeking socio-political groups trying to run stuff their way and who tend to toss the toys out of the cot and start crap like this if they don't get their way. The date on which "Australia Day" is another.
  2. FFS Surely there are more important things going on in society than to waste time on unimportant divisive crap like this. BTW You're missing the "Who Cares" option
  3. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    Yeah its been good hasn't it. For reasons I've explained elsewhere, We've really been doing the sums about our expenses and how/where we can cut down should the worst scenario occur. Turns out that at the moment while this is going on we're saving somewhere between $110 and $130 per week by me not commuting into the office and buying lunch and a takeaway coffee a day and then another $30-$40 per week because Mrs AJ doesn't have to cart the daycare kids to various activities. Due to the lack of driving we havn't had to fill any of our cars in the past 5 weeks (only driven a total of 45km in that time instead of the 300km/week that I normally do) And as an added bonus... for every hour that I work from home the Tax man is going to give me an 80c deduction off my income for the year. In the best case that could amount to 500+ hours worth. 😁
  4. You know they'll want 3 screens. My eldest has 3 monitors for his gaming - 26" curved screen in the middle and 23" (or 24") monitors either side. Its a cool setup but I got motion sick after watching it for 10 minutes
  5. Your alfoil hat is next to mine. They're in the secret ASIO storage facility In the locked storage unit in the basement. Go past the armed guards and the security camera and stop when you get to the "hidden" microphone. The storage unit is hidden behind the life size mural of John Howard. (so look down) To unlock the unit you'll need to scan the ID chip in the back of your head and provide a DNA sample to the anal probe. Thats why my hat is still there
  6. Well I am genuinely surprised. They are apparently letting the source be reviewed by some qualified bodies of experts. I may have to reconsider my previous concerns.
  7. Yep and it bypasses standard bluetooth security to do so. Usually BT security is handled by one device authorising the other device to connect e.g. headphones paired to a phone. From what I understand, the technique this app uses involves a global broadcast (e.g. I'm here who else is here) and a "security key" (for the want of a better term) to allow the app to talk to the same app on the other phone without the users having to authorise the connection. From a security (or lack thereof) perspective, If you know the key you can build something to communicate with the app. (which is why they probably won't open source the code so they can keep that part secret). Probably needless for me to say that I have Bluetooth turned off as well. Only ever turned it on for handsfree when I was driving long distances. Not driving anywhere at the moment so no need to have it on.
  8. I havn't seen the source code so I don't know for certain and I doubt you have either so I can't see how you can state this as fact. Until the code is open sourced (which I doubt it will be), we will have absolutely no idea what the app is doing and how it is doing it. It may be legit but given I have politicians telling me what it is and isn't doing, I'm suspicious. I don't have Google Home and I have the Location services are turned off the media giants don't track me either. Apparently I havn't existed since early 2018. 😀
  9. Assuming they actually test you beforehand. But hopefully they've learned lessons from the Ruby Princess.
  10. What some politician says its supposed to do and what it actually does right now or even some time down the track after it gets autoupdated on your phone may be 2 completely differently things. After all, far too many apps get updated without people even being aware of it. And once the technology is installed and permissions "granted" anything can happen. And realistically, if you're unconscious in ICU and you're the only one who knows the passcode on your phone then the information can't be released until somebody can access the phone. Minor (and unlikely) point I know but it outlines one of the critical limitations of the system as stated which in turn hints at a server based backend for storage. Like I said I don't have a problem with the app being used for its stated case. I do have a problem with what it may used for apart from that..
  11. I don't balk at them getting it back on track. I balk at having an app on my phone that I have no idea about what data it records and the data that it sends back to the central server. And the more a government type person downplays that aspect the more suspicious I become. Why? Because history has shown that various agencies will (not might) abuse access to the data. Today it'll be tracking you for virus notification. Tomorrow you'll get a fine in the mail because the app has identified you as not isolating. Next week you might find some enterprising policeman has used the data to identify you as a person of interest in a crime because you were in the location. And don't say it won't happen because it happens now. Some will remember the kerfuffle a few years ago about the government wanting to store ISP metadata and the promises that were made that the data would safe because of the stringent controls . To my knowledge there have been at several major breaches where the police have asked for and got meta data without the correct authorisations (i.e. a Warrant). In at least one case the size of the request suggests that it might have been a data farming exercise rather than a targeted search related to a specific crime. And its only going to get worse because now there is a push for the ISPs to store more data (including unencrypted contents of emails and messaging apps) for longer periods for all users. This is one of the reasons why the police want IT companies to stop providing secure messaging and firms like Apple to provide back doors into their hardware. For the record, I don't have the McDonalds app for the same reason after I saw just how much data was being fed back from that app and if I could completely turn off Google on my phone I would. Speaking about Google, late last year I was at my nephews 18th birthday party and as usual my phone was sitting on the table. The conversation around me turned to a some product (I forget which) which I had absolutely no interest in, had never never spoken about and had never searched for information about. And yet the next day my social media feeds were full of ads about this particular product. Obviously Google had reacted to the conversation that it heard via the phone. And this was after Google said that they didn't do stuff like this. Don't be naive about this, if the data is out there somebody will use it or abuse it. The scary thing is the amount of data that is out there and who already has access to it. Big Brother may not be watching everything yet but he's working on it.
  12. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    Till you get sued and then it becomes bloody expensive
  13. Given that I have absolutely no confidence that the data Will be accurate enough for the intended purpose Will only going to be used for its intended purpose and Will only be used by the people who absolutely need it and not be shared to everybody who think they need it. then yes...much better to either isolate everybody as we have been for the last 5 weeks or so or isolate nobody.
  14. Nope. Be interested to know what technology is being used to determine the relative "closeness" of people and thereby pass contact details.. Locator services will only work if they're turned on (Mine isn't), triangulation from mobile towers wouldn't be accurate enough, and NFC wouldn't be strong enough. And then theres the question about how the data is passed between phones. I can see a world of pain where people are told to go into isolation because they "might" have come into contact with somebody who has it could lead to a lot of people being put in isolation for no good reason.
  15. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    I'd say you've got no chance of getting there in October considering I reckon our Canada and Alaska trip in May 2021 is probably not going to happen.
  16. Hey. I can remember the time when we were supposed to working with another team that literally sat in the next cubical. However for contractual reasons the communication path between the 2 teams involved 10 steps and took the best part of a week. In absolute frustration we ended up designing the whole interface between the systems in the tearoom and sent the completed design down the communications path.
  17. https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/president-trump-addresses-who-funding-threatens-to-use-constitutional-powers/news-story/ae3727a218f2a2724f571bd01c8dca39 Hmm. Wonder if he'd actually adjourn Congress and the Senate or its all bluff? Given what I've seen over the past few years, I wouldn't put it past him and it would take him one further step down the path to dictatorship.
  18. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    Now that is just insulting to all Lunatics.
  19. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    No he has all the attributes of a snake oil salesman
  20. Yeah and there nothing I can do about it. I'm not in any position to be difficult. Mrs AJ just had her income slashed by (according to our figures) 65%-70% for at least a month thanks to the Governments new "Free Childcare". Thats crap too. Still does the same job, works the same hours but for significantly less than the minimum wage. (A burger flipper at Hungary Jacks gets paid more per hour) Might be able to claim the JobKeeper allowence but that doesn't start till next month and apparently its not retrospective. So at the moment, theres nothing funny here with WFH,
  21. Its NOT funny when your boss drops a not so subtle hint that I should be working this weekend if I want to still have a job when my probation expires next month. 😡
  22. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    Whoooo....flatten the curve on that excitement level dude. This social isolation stuff has a long time to go. Don't want to use it all up at once
  23. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    Just watched the news. Apparently chasing George Pell across 2 States is considered essential travel for our hard working media hacks. Ironically it was followed shortly afterwards by a story about the number of people who have been fined not not adhering to social distancing and isolation rules and a comment about people still not getting it. Hypocrites. AJ
  24. -- AJ --

    Coronavirus

    Maybe it shouldn't be Bill Gates involved in this. His previous track record concerning preventing virus infections isn't too flash #ITJoke AJ
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