I want to setup a new MythTV media computer as a present and I'm
looking for a hassle free HD TV Tuner that I can buy in Australia.
The last few I've bought have required binary blob drivers or
load-on-use firmware and have painful reliability issues as a result.
I'm after something I can plug in, maybe at worst compile some
libraries, and then expect to work well forever. I'd prefer an
internal card though ease of use will win in my choice and a LIRC
compatible remote control would be a bonus.
I am well aware of the wiki lists of 'compatible' cards and used the
V4L one for my last two purchases which turned out to be rubbish.
So is anyone aware of a tuner card they can recommend that meet my
we are living in a country who's press landscape is described (and
experienced by me) as a prison experiment:
"Australia has unwittingly become a social experiment. A ruthless
experiment on the fate of a society when a single media conglomerate,
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, owns 167 newspapers and controls around 70% of
the printed media market."
"That is what happens when a media conglomerate and their allies go out of
control and escape accountability. The result is a society poised to
embark on a Stanford prison experiment."
Well, if Rinehart virtually takes over Fairfax
(Murdoch's Sydney newspaper)
"She is also asking for the right to make significant editorial decisions
such as the ability to hire and fire editors."
.. we have actually the choice to read Murdoch's "News" or Rinehart's.
That's it. If you put it in "party terms" 100% Liberal supporters (with a
touch of One Nation in it, see Bolt & Co).
Before I came here, I was used to choose between various German newspapers
who appeared to be run independently, and considered it as being at the
heart of a working democracy.
I wonder whether there is any concern and opposition amongst Australians
related to that here? Do you all consider it as normal to live in a gold
rush were few get mega-rich and buying up the society?
To be honest, I don't care so much about who is runing a country in a way
as it pleases them, whether there are Chinese Communists or Australian
If we don't have the freedom of free expression it isn't a democracy.
free press is part of it.
I wonder what to do at this point. I consider it as a tipping-point in the
development of this country - and I don't like where it is heading to.
Rick Moen <rick(a)linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:17:30 -0500
> From: Beth W <badastrum(a)gmail.com>
> This isn't a political party for the sane, rational, and educated.
> Well, from a cynical perspective, it's a party designed by the smart
> and ruthless to appeal to the not-so-smart or not-so-devious to get
> them to support a political agenda that is inimical to their personal
And this, as I remember, is precisely Paul Krugman's central argument in "The
Conscience of a Liberal", except that he thinks racist politics in the U.S.
has played a major role in encouraging people to vote against their own best
I think we've discussed that here before, so I'll leave it there.
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I am, for all practical purposes, OFF THE INTERNET.
If you are able to help, PLEASE TEXT OR PHONE ME ON 0427 024 735. That
is the only reliable way to get in touch with me now.
Are you an Austel-licensed landline techie who visits the Bayswater area?
I'm unemployed, and I've just moved into a new home. Have signed up
with iPrimus for a landline and ADSL package.
Have received sms notifications from them telling me that my landline
voice is now up and running.
But we can only find two wall sockets, and tested them both with a
known-good handset. No dialtone.
MY MOBILE IS 0427 024 735
The supposedly active landline is 9720 3975
Can probably pay you a bit, or repay in some other way, as it looks like
it will require an on-site visit, and iPrimus or Telstra would probably
charge a lot to fault find. No doubt landlord will claim that a phone
is "not an essential service" and not pay for any fixes done.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, if you can help, and for not replying to the list,
which I basically can't access.
24 / 30 Elizabeth Street
On Thu, 21 Jun 2012, Alex Hutton wrote:
> Consider that you as an individual could commission a journalist (or
> better yet, an investigator) to investigate into a particular matter
> that you might be interested in,
No. I can't. And the majority of people can't. I don't have the income
necessary to sponsor a journalist.
BTW, In Germany, there is one newspaper founded in the last 50 years, the
tageszeitung (taz - http://www.taz.de) who is sponsored by members, in a way
communal radio (e.g.) is here.
It is there since early 80ies, grown out of grassroot movements (Green,
It is struggling to survive for most of its life.
The German market is ca. 4 times the Australian population.
A similar Australian newspaper, online or not, should share content with
international, english-speaking media, to become sustainable.
The Huffington Post has localized websites, New York, San Francisco, and U.K.
That looks like a model to to me.
BTW: even the "metropolitean" Australian press seems to be very city-centric,
and then the rest of the world is covered by European or American views.
Occasionally I read The Australian, and one of the resons is: It covers the
Australian outback, including Aboriginal affairs, in a way The Age doesn't.
The surrounding island countries are very foreign for us too. Papua-Neuguinea
is the country with the Kokoda trail, isn't it? And Singapore is the place
thousands soldiers became Japanese prisoners of war.
I don't want to belittle this, it is part of Australian history, and good to
know. But the current politics, including our dealings with them (e.g. our
mining interests), of these places, these countries are virtually unknown to
the majority of Australians.
An English or American view does not shine a light here.
My Chinese wife bought a Taiwanese magazine recently. It was interestingly
written in English and Chinese side by side, and covered topics completely
unknown to me.
Given that my company has business relations to Taiwan, it isn't really far-far
away. But in regards of knowledge of their society, it is.
Coming back to the orginal topic, I learnt over the last days that a take-over
attempt around 1990 sparked protest and a movement, including an attempt of
"Friends of Fairfax" (or similar) to buy the newspapers, and a rally lead by
Whithlam and Hawke, and leading to a contract guaranteeing the acknowledgement
of editorial indepencence by the board.
It seemed to matter to the public then. It still does?
I joke sometimes that Australians cannot breed a Hitler because they are too
lazy to be fanatics.
Which is a good thing. The other side of the coin seems to be complacency, the
majority seems to care about anything anymore, and I find it quite frustrating.
My Gay friends are really pissed off at this nonsense.
Why must the Greens continually insist that an individuals rights to
freedom of association/religion is somehow anti same sex marriage.
The tone of this obviously biased story is that people of religious
bent are drones willing to listen to what is preached.
A person who commits to another person for life deserves common law rights.
Mixing that up with religious mumbo jumbo will illicit responses like
this Australian trash every time.
....someone needs to sit down with the Greens PR wankers and tell em
to pull their head in!!!
In short, the watermelons need to shut the fuck up or else they will
screw up the very thing that they and majority of us want!
.. aka staff, I have just a very great example amongst my friends.
She is working for a bigger company for six years by now. For most of the
last year her manager was sick (cancer) so she filled the role, without
any pay rise, organizing everything as he would be there. And she was the
"to go to" for every contact from other departments.
It looks as the manager is loosing his battle, sadly.
Now the HR people hired someone to replace him.
At no stage she was asked.
In this company it looks as women are treated like cleaners. While they
are running a lot of the business, management and money is reserved for a
boys club, it seems.
I wonder whether she has any chance to launch a complaint.