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  • We'll all be extincted! | James Purser
    has never been contacted by other civilisations Surely some people like animals have evolved elsewhere Surely we are not in this crowded reality of countless other similar planets the only thinking beings to have turned up Most unlikely So why isn t life out there contacting us Why aren t the intergalactic phones ringing Here is one sobering possibility for our isolation maybe life has often evolved to intelligence on other planets with biospheres and every time that intelligence when it became able to alter its environment did so with catastrophic consequences Maybe we have had many predecessors in the Cosmos but all have brought about their own downfall That s why they are not communicating with Earth They have extincted themselves They have come and gone And now it s our turn Yes He said Extincted I shall leave that there for you to ponder as we move on So Bobs theory is that there might very well have been earlier alien civilisations in the universe but that they all fell to the same problems of biosphere destruction and we re next However luckily Bob has a solution Global Democracy Bob wants a world parliament based on the premise of one person one vote In his Gettysburg address of 1859 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed We here highly resolve that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the Earth 153 years later let us here in Hobart and around the world highly resolve that through global democracy we shall save the Earth from perishing For those who oppose global democracy the challenge is clear how else would you manage human affairs in this new century of global community global communications and shared global destiny Recently when I got back to bed at Liffey after ruminating under the stars for hours on this question Paul enquired did you see a comet Yes I replied and it is called Global Democracy A molten rock from space destroyed most life on the planet those sixty five million years ago Let us have the comet of global democracy save life on Earth this time Leaving aside the fact that Bob has just compared his idea of a world saving global democracy with the event that killed nearly everything on the planet let s see how Bob thinks this World Government would work So let us resolve that there should be established for the prevalence and happiness of humankind a representative assembly a global parliament for the people of the Earth based on the principle of one person one vote one value and to enable this outcome that it should be a bicameral parliament with its house of review having equal representation elected from every nation Right so it s a westminster system for the world Look read the whole thing you may agree with Bob and you may not Personally I think it puts the Greens back in the nice to have in the senate balancing out

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  • The ALP did NOT lose in Queensland Because Wikileaks | James Purser
    to articles like this the Labor Party did NOT collapse in Queensland because they failed to speak out on the continuing attempts to extradite Assange to Sweden or the ongoing campaign to starve Wikileaks of funding and resources The reason that the ALP died in Queensland has nothing to do with Assange and everything to do with being an old out of touch government that despite some very good work

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  • #Facepalmer and #grubbyjournalism | James Purser
    First up we have Clive Face Palmer accusing the Greens and Greenpeace of being front organisations for the CIA to ruin the Australian coal industry Then we have Peter Slipper the surprisingly independent Independent Speaker of the House of Representatives using twitter to take the wind out of an attack article that is was going to be printed tomorrow To be honest Clive Palmers foray into tin foil hat territory while fun isn t as interesting as Peter Slipper s use of social media to defend himself against an attack From the moment he was selected as Speaker Peter Slipper has been determined to make his mark both in the House I think he s ejected more people from the House in his first couple of months than Harry Jenkins did in the last year and without He s always been an active tweeter and his knowledge of the platform and the tools available today allowed him to tackle a potentially damaging attack head on Using twitter and tools like Hootsuite he s released the full chain of email correspondance between his office and the journalist involved This means that not only does the journalist lose any sort of exclusivity

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  • tin foil hat | James Purser
    On Recent content Feed aggregator You are here Home tin foil hat Facepalmer and grubbyjournalism Submitted by James Purser on Tue 20 03 2012 21 24 Well you can t say that Australian politics is dull Blog Catagories Politics media

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  • Not happy Google/Logitech | James Purser
    meant of course that all Android Market apps needed to be updated to reflect the new branding and the new integrated services So the first cab off the rank was my nexus s It s running Ice Cream Sandwich and updated to Google Play without an issue Great I thought then I noticed that the revue was reporting that it had updates waiting I decided to kick off the update when I went to bed I run the mythtv output through the revue so figured it would better to start when no one was watching Having done that I fully expected it to be up to date when I woke up the next morning Except it wasn t It was still trying to run the update Sigh At first it was thought that someone had closed down the update path prematurely but after much digging around by frustrated revue owners it was discovered that only those outside the US had the problem Those within the US had upgraded and were happily accessing all areas movies and music especially the bastards I ve checked and for whatever reason if I access the update URL via a US IP address I can access it without a problem If I do it from my australian IP address I get a cannot be found page Double U Tee Eff That s my rage for the day Blog Catagories Tech google googletv James Purser s blog Add new comment Comments Google TV Google Play update Permalink Submitted by Michael Manning on Mon 12 03 2012 12 55 Hi James So was there a resolution to the problem Were you able to set up and force a proxy server to route the update request through and successfully update Yes I am being lazy and relying on

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  • Blogging makes me feel like real media and other goodness | James Purser
    quick look at the Independent Media Inquiry report and their brilliant idea to start counting page hits to determine whether your site counts as real media or not 41 hits a day is the magical number by the way Julia Gillard and Bob Carr gamed the Press Gallery and the Opposition in a major way this week To be honest I am not displeased by this Bob Carr would actually make a half decent Foreign Minister I d try and keep him as far away from infrastructure and transport as possible though and it s about time that the Government got itself on the front foot I ve dragged out the sourcecode for the OpenAustralia Search Droid and started hacking around on it again to make it work on later versions of Android Hit an interesting bug I ve found that if I do single word searches of hansard everything is fine but phrase searches cause a BufferedInputStream not open error I can t see any differences between the json that I m getting but I might be blind I m searching for the issue but the closest I ve come is the fact that single word searches return a

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  • General | James Purser
    t get caught up in the crap flood that followed the initial article But first an explanation for those of you just joining us Blog Catagories General Politics media groggate Read more about Grog Thoughts James Purser s blog Add new comment Sunday Morning Rant Submitted by James Purser on Sun 08 08 2010 10 32 Okay it s Sunday morning I have a coffee in hand and I haven t had a chance to blog lately so here we go This election has officially jumped the shark That s it this election is officially a joke Neither party is offering significantly different policies the media seems to be more concerned about the Days of Our Lives that is the Labor leadership squabble and now we have channel 9 bringing Mark bloody Latham into the mix as a guest journalist Blog Catagories General Politics Tech Read more about Sunday Morning Rant James Purser s blog Add new comment Really Stupid Dangerous Games Submitted by James Purser on Fri 25 06 2010 12 55 A long time ago not so far away I used to participate in Venturers that s the next level up after Scouts for the uninitiated As you would expect for such a youth organisation there was a good deal of focus on out doors activities including camping caving abseiling and so on It was on my first and as it turns out last caving trip that I discovered an excellent way to satisfy that urge to set fire to something and be completely and utterly physical and stupid at the same time Fireball Blog Catagories General Read more about Really Stupid Dangerous Games James Purser s blog 3 comments Add new comment In the national interest and other useless phrases Submitted by James Purser on Mon 19 04 2010 12 33 Okay here s a list of phrases that have been rolled out in the election campaign whatever anyone else tells you we re in election mode federally so far that I think should be banned In the nations interest Blog Catagories General Read more about In the national interest and other useless phrases James Purser s blog 4 comments Add new comment Dear TV Networks Sigh Submitted by James Purser on Fri 05 03 2010 11 01 Okay Freeview the group that represents all of the major Free to Air Networks including commercial and government owned has announced that it s going to be launching a new Electronic Programme Guide service in June complete with new hardware and something they are calling an Online Catchup Service Blog Catagories General televisionnetworks Read more about Dear TV Networks Sigh James Purser s blog 1 comment Add new comment Never take a photo of a Yeast Ring Submitted by James Purser on Sat 27 02 2010 19 49 Today while out with the family we decided to purchase a treat for the kids So we headed for the nearby donut place to purchase the required sickeningly sweet treat Turns

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  • My DIY Media Setup | James Purser
    around to integrating my Logitech Revue a severely under appreciated tool by the way with the rest of my home entertainment system As such I thought I would put down on bits what I have Lounge Room 1 x AWA TV 42 inch 1080p capable 500 1 x Samsung Sound System 5 1 2nd hand around 200 when we got it 1 x Logitech Revue GoogleTV 90 at the time prices have gone up since Logitech stopped manufacturing them 1 x Office Home Entertainment system Various Consoles most of which were recieved as gifts with the exception of the XBox 360 Setup Consoles The consoles are fed into the AWA TV via an RCA switch while the audio is directed into the Samsung sound system Media Consumption Most of our media consumption up until now has come via the MythTV setup It contains all of our media and music However this morning I finally got around to buying a DVI HDMI cable and fed the video from the Myth box into the Logitech Revue I have also mapped the Logitech Keyboard controller so that the Revue relays all commands to the MythTV IR reciever which means that I can now

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