Virgin has the Galaxy 2, the Xperia X10, and the Xperia Arc (which is like the
X10 but with more RAM and newer Android) for free on the $29 per month plan,
they also have the first 3 months free which means you pay $25.38 per month on
average over the 2 year contract.
The $29 plan includes $450 of phone credit which at $1 per minute and $0.40
flag-fall means something like 360 minutes of calls per month - more than
enough for most people. It also includes 250MB of data which is adequate for
non-technical people and barely adequate for people like us if Wifi is used
for Android market.
This seems to be the best deal available now if you need to buy an Android
phone. If you already own a phone then TPG and Amaysim are two of the better
If anyone knows of a better deal then please let me know. A couple of my
relatives will get Galaxy 2's on the Virgin $29 plan very soon if I can't find
a better offer.
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i'm cc-ing this back to luv-talk (mostly because i hope someone knows of
a decent - i.e. low tosser ratio - audio web site / forum). hopefully
anyone replying will remember to cc their response to you.
On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 11:04:43AM +1000, Lindsay Sprinter wrote:
> The BX5a's are deffiniely better than the AV30's although they (the
> AV30's) are no slouch (Note 1) MAudio also have a CX something. I
> have not done a direct comparison with the Magnaplanars, this would
> unlikely be a profitable exersize as experience has showed the they
> will show up anything.
I can't really justify spending over $400 on speakers. $150 is OK.
maybe even $229 for the AV-40 if they were significantly better. but
i doubt if i'd even notice or care about the difference betweeb $150
speakers and $400 speakers.
given the bass requirements below, though, i'd even consider paying more
for a separate subwoofer to place on the floor, especially if it was
something i could add later if needed - but i haven't seen any for less
than about $400.
and if i bought one of those, how do i find out what's involved in
setting it up - do i need some sort of splitter/filter to route the low
freqs to the subwoofer and everything else to the monitors? am i better
off with a separate amp and unpowered speakers?
what i'd like to find is a web site for practical audio information
without raving reviews by wanky audiophiles of $1000 gold-plated cable
and similar ignorant-of-physics nonsense.
> Note 1: Listening to music is one of the most subjective things on
> this planet. The only real way is to listen to something to see if
> some audio item suits you and what you listen to.
yep, i know.
i've got two main uses for speakers - listening to music, and playing
for playing games, good bass is important for the explosions.
for music, i've got eclectic but very selective tastes. Sturgeon's Law
applies to music too. i mostly like ambient, trance, chill, various
other forms of doof (so, again, bass is good), some classical and
earlier music (have developed a liking for some medieval music and
baroque guitar), some "world" music, also Dead Can Dance / Lisa Gerrard,
and other stuff that provides complex entertainment/work for my brain's
audio pattern recognition hardware.
i like some rock and pop type music but despise most of it (even the
best of it tends to be boringly simplistic), and i like individual
pieces in all sorts of musical genres....pretty much anything except
for C&W and the various metal sub-genres.
i prefer instrumental music or music with lyrics in languages i don't
understand so i don't have to know how banal the words are and can
hear the voice as just another instrument.
> If you search for subjective reports on the MAudio's you will find
> plenty of support for how good they are. StoreDJ also had a large
> stack of them in the shop both times I was there (around 1.25 metre
> cube) so one would assume I am not the only one that thinks them OK.
BTW, i noticed that storedj also has a BEHRINGER MS40 with optical spdif
input for $209 - any idea if they're any good?
craig sanders <cas(a)taz.net.au>
BOFH excuse #205:
Quantum dynamics are affecting the transistors
Alex's lightning talk on reading the python code of OpenShot to add a
keyboard short cut reminded me of some of Diomidis Spinellis's blog
posts - his IEEE Software "Tools of the Trade" columns, the latest of
which are now available as podcasts
Applied Code Reading: GNU Plotutils
Applied Code Reading: Debugging FreeBSD Regex
I think they may be from his book "Code reading:
the open source perspective"
I should have read one post more closely "Process Substitution" was
something I didn't know, advanced plumbing ...
Chapter 22. Process Substitution
Process substitution is the counterpart to command substitution. Command
substitution sets a variable to the result of a command, as in
dir_contents=`ls -al` or xref=$( grep word datafile). Process
substitution feeds the output of a process to another process (in other
words, it sends the results of a command to another command).
Command substitution template
command within parentheses
His example follows..
To locate classes that call the method userGet, but don't call the
method userRegister we process their source code with the following bash
comm -23 \
<(find . -name \*.java -print0 | xargs -0 grep -l userGet | sort) \
<(find . -name \*.java -print0 | xargs -0 grep -l userRegister | sort)
The script depends on a wonderful feature of the bash shell: the ability
to make the output of a command appear as a file.
I am looking for a (most likely USB attached) microphone that I can
place in the middle of a table during a conference call. It should be
able to capture everone's voice while she or he is up to 2 metres away.
The problem is to have it here before Thursday. That rules out buying
online, I think.
I haven't been successful finding a shop here in Melbourne selling
such item. Maybe one of you know a place?
Thanks for help
On Mon, 17 Oct 2011, Russell Coker wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Oct 2011, Chris Samuel <chris(a)csamuel.org> wrote:
> > As for RAM - well Java is not known for its light memory limits,
> > there's one Java code that's run at VLSCI that can fail if it
> > gets less than 30GB or 60GB of RAM, but we believe that's because
> > it's doing stupid things with its file IO. :-(
> There are also Java implementations on smart cards with RAM measured in
> The RAM use is determined by what the application does and also by the garbage
> collection system. Often people tune their JVM to not do GC very often to
> save CPU time at the cost of using more RAM.
> One thing that's worth noting is that in many environments Java code is
> written by people who don't know much about how computers work at a low level
> (they are the people who can't write a C program that doesn't SEGV regularly),
> so they tend not to be efficient with memory use. I think that Java gets a
> bad reputation because of this.
Is it possible to write a java gui that feels snappy? I've never seen
one, but it could be due to the widget set being extremely high on
overhead, or it could be due to people trying to do too much work in a
single threaded application without yielding to the GUI often enough.
Any examples of java software that doesn't suck?
recently I had some trouble with a login page of a commercial website
that is providing a Java applet.
Sometimes the login was successful, sometimes not.
As the main user has a Windows XP desktop, I concentrated on the
particular machine in question but I saw the same on my Ubuntu desktop
Anyway, it seems to be resolved by putting more memory in the machine
Do you know how Java applets behave regarding memory? Do they question
the host system at startup and adjust the memory settings?
I know about the Java Control Panel and the applet settings - but I
did not change them. Still: the increased system memory seems to have
solved the problem.
On a side I love an app that answers with "Login failed, wrong user or
password" when it is an Out Of Memory. I requested password resets
---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [free-software-melb] Rare opportunity on software patents
From: "Ben Sturmfels" <ben(a)stumbles.id.au>
Date: Tue, October 11, 2011 3:23 pm
The Australian government is requesting comments in a review of
"innovation patents". Submissions close *this Friday* 14 October. This
is a rare opportunity to be heard.
Please write to <mail.acip(a)ipaustralia.gov.au>, explaining the problems
of software patents and pointing out that "innovation patents" are the
same, but worse. (I've added some notes below to help get you started.)
1. Please focus on software patents only, not patents in general.
2. Please BCC to <swpat(a)sturm.com.au>.
3. Try get your colleagues and organisation to co-sign.
For more on the campaign, please visit:
The ACIP review:
Thanks for your help.
Ideas for your email
Please feel free use your own words and ideas too.
FYI: "Innovation patents" came about in 2000 as a replacement for "petty
patents". They have a term of 8 years (std. patents 20 years), minimal
examination and much lower barrier of "inventiveness" - easy to get,
just as hard to defeat.
Intro ideas: software patents in general
- you're in the software industry
- patents on computation and information processing do the opposite of
- harmful to both software industry and society
- as such should be abolished
- you're one of the thousands who signed the paper petition to the
House of Representatives calling for this
Body ideas: "innovation patents" are the same but worse
- pose all the same risks as standard patents
- are worse because they have lower requirements for examination and
- should also be abolished
- you wish you'd been aware of the 2009 Review of Patentable Subject
Matter so you could have commented on that too
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There was an interesting interview with Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen from
'The Serval Project';
on Radio National 621's Bush Telegraph this morning (Wed12/10/11).
Nice ad for FOSS, with an application to run on Android and Nokia
seems to set up a self-organising wireless LAN for emergencies when the
cell network falls over.
Would be interesting to know whether the software could be ported to GSM
and NextG phones
Seems to be a site here:
regards Rohan McLeod
some very naive IP network questions;understanding seems to come very
slowly to me;
but I am very 'nosy'.!
I have an iPrimus ADSL 2Plus account providing an internet
connection via a DSL-502T router ,
accessible via ether USB or Ethernet cable; which is still functioning !
I had an iPrimus 'NBN Co First Release Trial' account providing an
internet connection via a
Linksys 2000; accessible via Ethernet or wireless; internet access
is currently blocked,
pending the replacement of the ADSL account with a NBN-Fibre account.
Details of the latter: $66/month bundled internet and phone, VOIP
mobile at $0.30/ min no flagfall; 15GB/ month cap , 25 Mb/s down 10
Realistically I'm expecting about 1.25MB/s down ! which is still an
improvement on my ADSL;
which is only 0.150 MB/s on a good day.
1/ The DSL-502T has a web interface at 10.1.1.1 and a 'system' interface
at 10.1.1.1 using Putty;
the Linksys 2000 has a web interface at 192.168.1.1 but no system
interface at 192.168.1.1;
why is that ?
2/ I take it that 10.1.1.1 and 192.168.1.1 are the local IP addresses ;
other wise I would be accessing everyone else's routers ?...the
mist clears very slowly !
3/ Would the NBN Network Terminating Device which appears to be a
m/n 1-240G-R ;which has an Ethernet connection to the Linksys 2000
have a local IP
address ?; talking to the cable tech's who installed the NTD it
would seem to have an
external IP address; any way to determine this ?
Please feel free to correct me if the questions are 'wrong';
regards Rohan McLeod