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Delimiter Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:48 Source

The Department of Defence has appointed a new chief technology officer, nicking senior Toll IT executive Aiyaswami Mohan to replace its previous CTO Matt Yannopoulous, who left in October last year to take up the role of chief information officer at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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Delimiter Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:48 Source

The Department of Defence has appointed a new chief technology officer, nicking senior Toll IT executive Aiyaswami Mohan to replace its previous CTO Matt Yannopoulous, who left in October last year to take up the role of chief information officer at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:39 Source

Fresh from Westpac’s Elliot Clarke: The decision made at the June ECB meeting was broadly as expected. Draghi had all but confirmed a change of tack at the May meeting; and, since that time, leaks from ‘well-placed’ sources provided colour on the likely structure of the policy action. Not being in a position to fully [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:33 Source

The AIG PCI is out and: Despite a ninth consecutive month of expansion in house building, the national construction industry has continued to decline. The seasonally adjusted Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) registered 46.7 points in May (readings below 50 points indicate contraction). This was an increase of [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:17 Source

This post has been updated from earlier after a reader noted my Tony Abbott chart was overly flattering. Apologies! —————————– I know the recent Coalition leadership stoush has been stirred up by the usual loud-mouths, but one still has to ask just how badly and resonant the collapse in confidence around Prime Minister Tony Abbott [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:02 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday, I argued that commentators hailing this week’s stronger than expected March quarter GDP result needed a reality check, given that total expenditure in the economy (i.e. gross national expenditure or GNE) actually fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in the March quarter, with annual growth clocking in at below 1% [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:02 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday, I argued that commentators hailing this week’s stronger than expected March quarter GDP result needed a reality check, given that total expenditure in the economy (i.e. gross national expenditure or GNE) actually fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in the March quarter, with annual growth clocking in at below 1% [...]

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Popular Science Friday, June 6, 2014 - 08:17 Source

Lampshades, slippers, natty vests - what CAN'T you make from human skin? Note this is different to the question, what SHOULDN'T you make from human skin. For instance, we think you shouldn't cover a book in human skin, even if the book is about the soul and the afterlife. But book-binders in the late 1880s thought different.

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Popular Science Friday, June 6, 2014 - 08:09 Source

Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: highlights from the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

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WixxyLeaks Friday, June 6, 2014 - 07:59 Source

“Beware the crow that coos like it’s a dove”

That is a saying that some would have been best to take note of.

This week, the walls moved in a little closer again on the Coalitions darling girl who loves to blow her own whistle. I speak of course of Kathy Jackson, and it’s about time too.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 6, 2014 - 07:57 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australia, it seems, is a speculators paradise. While the manufacturing sector continues to gasp for air, with manufacturing employment and capital investment both in the gutter: This week’s national accounts release confirmed that Australia’s FIRE economy – Finance, Insurance and Rental, Hiring & Real Estate Services – continues to grow from [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 6, 2014 - 06:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the week ended 5 June 2014, the RP Data-Rismark 5-city daily dwelling price index, which covers the five major capital city markets, fell by 0.17%. It was the fourth consecutive week of falls (see next chart). Values fell in Sydney and Melbourne, but rose in the other major capitals (see [...]

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Popular Science Friday, June 6, 2014 - 06:31 Source

This yoghurt business is blowing up the internet, so it is. Chobani have been using the “How Matters” campaign to promote their high protein, low calorie Greek yogurts. All was going well until the slogan “Nature got us to 100 calories, not scientists. #howmatters” got picked up by scientists on twitter and, well, they were not happy. Despite Chobani’s claim, it took a lot of scientific expertise to put the nature into a pot. Let’s look at the ingredient list for their fat-free cherry yogurt:

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Popular Science Friday, June 6, 2014 - 06:27 Source

An Xbox One or PlayStation 4 has nothing on a gaming PC. Towers pack so much video memory and such powerful graphics chips that they can render details meticulous enough (smoke, shadows, sunlight) to make a console choke. But with power comes problems. PCs can be large, hot, and loud—not exactly what you want in the living room. For that, look to Steam Machines, a new breed of computer that delivers PC gaming from the body of a console.

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Popular Science Friday, June 6, 2014 - 06:27 Source

Ever thought of animated GIFs as slang? Or as message-board replacements for gestures in in-person conversations? I've never thought so deeply about GIFs, either. These cool insights come from a recent interview Museum of the Moving Image curator Jason Eppink gave to the U.S. Library of Congress' "The Signal" blog.

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