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Victoria Police’s ethical standards officer has been caught trolling ex cops on Facebook

Tags: australia

The Victoria Police officer in charge of ethical standards, Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin, has been caught out trolling former officers using a fake name on Facebook.

You can’t even make this up! His defence, when coming clean on talkback radio (of all places) was that had he used his real name the Victorian Police would be automatically associated.

What did you think would happen when the people you were trolling (in a public group for ex police officers) found out who you were mate?

This from the bloke in charge of ethical standards for the Victorian Police force. Absolutely comical.

Source: A Police Officer Was Caught Trolling Former Colleagues Using A Fake Name On Facebook

Apple releases another fix for another character bug

Tags: tech

Apple today released software updates to all of its platforms to address the Indian character crash bug discovered last week. The fix is included in iOS 11.2.6, macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update, tvOS 11.2.6, and watchOS 4.2.3.

Another week, another bug. For those of us who’ve been under the Apple spell for decades this definitely isn’t the norm.

For everyone else who’s jumped on board the iPhone train, life continues as expected.

Apple to take a long hard look in the mirror come WWDC I hope.

Source: Apple releases iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates with Telugu character fix | VentureBeat

The A-League’s esport counterpart is proving more popular

Tags: australia, gaming

The FFA dipped its toe into the rapidly growing world of competitive video gaming, E-Sports, with the launch of its E-League on Thursday night. It attracted an audience reach 16 per cent higher than the average A-League match, raising questions over the direction of sports broadcasting.

While the figures and interest in esports don’t particularly surprise me there are a couple of things they sort of fail to mention…

For a start, to watch A-League games in Australia you need a Pay-TV subscription with access to Fox Sports. There’s also one game a week shown on free-to-air TV that SBS hosts but with Pay-TV numbers in the toilet they’re never going to get astronomical numbers.

The “E-League” was streamed on Twitch, where it pulled in (at one point) 138,000 simultaneous viewers.  it was also broadcast on Fox Sports but they don’t have those figures yet and are basing the 16% increase on the streaming alone.

Does this mean the A-League is dead? No, of course not. Is it a surprise? Not really.

Less than 20% of Australian households have Foxtel, a smaller subset of those have a sports package to watch the A-League. More than 80% have the Internet, and Twitch streams globally, for free, where people watch random crap all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see esports doing so well and this was an interesting event to watch. I just think the article is a bit of fluff to get more eyeballs.

Source: FFA’s E-League proves a bigger hit than A-League games

Amazon’s policies are hiding unwanted sex toy gifting harassers

Tags: tech

Someone is shipping out unsolicited products, frequently sex toys, to seemingly random customers, and the company does not yet know why they’re being purchased, and why they’re being shipped…

At first glance the story seems kinda funny. Someone is playing a joke, sending out packages to random people. Then, as you read through the story you quickly see the horror the recipients are going through and how Amazon’s gifting policies are essentially hide the harassing party’s details.

Amazon’s customer service, or lack thereof, is focused on heavily too as many of these reports appear to be ignored or fobbed off. One woman mentioned in the story was given a fake complaints number to call by one customer service rep for example. Very poor.

Source: Someone Is Sending Amazon Sex Toys to Strangers. Amazon Has No Idea How to Stop It.

The Commonwealth Bank wont let you buy Bitcoin on credit (anymore)

Tags: australia, tech

The Commonwealth Bank has announced an immediate ban on the use of CBA and Bankwest credit cards to buy cryptocurrency, though it will not ban other methods of fiat payment.

My guess is that has happened because a bunch of people bought into Bitcoin at it’s media frenzied peak and now can’t pay their credit card bill as it bottoms out.

Makes sense. The CBA is following the lead of UK’s Lloyds and pretty much every US bank so I’d expect others in Australia to do similar soon too.

Source: CBA blocks crypto coin buys on credit cards – Finance – Security – iTnews

Uber pays Waymo US$245m to settle trade-secrets theft lawsuit

Tags: tech

Uber has reached a settlement agreement with Alphabet over its lawsuit against the ride-hailing company claiming theft of trade secrets.

Uber has agreed to pay Alphabet the equivalent of $245 million in equity. The agreement specifically requires Uber to give Alphabet 0.34 percent of Uber’s latest funding series. Sources involved in the negotiations say it’s based on a $72 billion valuation.

That’s a spicy meatball! On the upside for Uber all those figures that were being bantered around for their value during their last series of funding were actually lower than what they’re really worth.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi still seems to think they did nothing wrong despite the settlement saying:

“…we do not believe that any trade secrets made their way from Waymo to Uber, nor do we believe that Uber has used any of Waymo’s proprietary information in its self-driving technology…”

I don’t know dude, say what you want but your company just paid US$245m to end a lawsuit. It certainly makes everyone think Uber did.

Source: Uber and Alphabet have settled their self-driving lawsuit with a $245 million equity payout – Recode

Royal Adelaide hospital’s theatres lose power due to software glitch

Tags: australia

Surgeons at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital were forced to stop operating on patients yesterday morning after a software glitch took out power to parts of the building for 20 minutes.

The AMA told media as many as 14 operations were underway at the time of the outage.

Holy crap! 14 surgeries underway that had to what, stop? And for 20 minutes?! Jebus-H-Christ!

I hope they’re all ok, that’s one place and time you do NOT want the power to go out.

Remind me to not have surgery in Rads!

Source: Software glitch takes out power in Adelaide hospital surgeries – Software – iTnews

Here’s all the new Emoji for 2018

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Emoji 2018

The new Emoji 11.0 set is fixed and final, and includes the data needed for vendors to begin working on their emoji fonts and code ahead of the release of Unicode 11.0, scheduled for June 2018. The new emoji typically start showing up on mobile phones in August or September.

There’s actually 150 new Emoji characters coming. Everything from superheroes to cupcakes to leafy greens are coming in the June ratification.

To see a full list head over the Unicode standard’s blog which has samples of them all or watch the video below that cycles through all of them, including their skin tone variations.

Source: The Unicode Blog: Unicode Emoji 11.0 characters now final for 2018

Tesla has their worst fiscal quarter ever

Tags: tech

Tesla posted a loss of $675 million for the quarter, a rather significant increase from the $121 million loss it posted during the same quarter a year ago, and the worst profit figure the company has ever recorded.

Not exactly what you’d expect with the world living in a Musk-bubble for the past 12 months.

Tesla are optimistic about the downturn in profit and blowout in costs as their Model 3 is expected to ramp up its production. In fact they’re so optimistic they fully expect to turn into a profitable company this year.

This of course is reliant on their factory hitting production targets, which they’ve indicated March’s new target to be 2,500 Model 3s per week. An improvement over current output but far behind their initial targets for the same period.

Source: Tesla posts its worst quarterly loss ever, but Model 3 should lead a turnaround in 2018 – BGR

Snapchat shows positive growth in last quarter

Tags: tech

…Snap’s fourth quarter earnings were significantly higher than Wall Street expectations, with sales of $285.7 million, or a 72 percent increase over the same time a year ago, and a net loss of $350 million.

Well stick a tree up my butt and call me a Paddle Pop, Snap Inc didn’t lose as much money as everyone thought they would last quarter and investors are lapping it up. Perhaps our (my) continuing comments about its impending end are a little presumptuous?

They did still lose US$350m here, lets not gloss over that. It’s just they were expected to lose US$405m so Wall St sees that as a win.

The other actual positive for Snap is that their daily “Snaps sent” figures have trended up for the first time in a while. Is it enough to stem the flow?

Source: Snap stock soars on first ever better-than-expected earnings – The Verge