* Posts by Diogenes

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Re: Victorian Numberplates

At the time the second half of the tag line was ...

"... to Queensland"

That was the time Joh stopped death duties, and Kennett was setting about fixing the mess left behind by the previous governments

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Re: Maybe this explains the Aussie Olympic team's disappointing performance?

I don't know about your definition of recent , but 4 Ulympics ago was Siderney (quickly checks Bing to make sure Siderney has not been moved to Siberia - nup all good)

At least you didn't make the mistake, a print journo did, who totally forgot about the '56 Ulympics , which according to Bing maps were held just off the coast of Japan.

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Australian States stutter in coding-for-kids bandwagon-jump

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NSW Position

Simon,

I was at a meeting of TAS (ie Home Economics, Industrial Arts, & ICT) teachers to discuss the draft directions document convened by BOSTES, and we WILL be getting a new Tech Mandatory Syllabus that includes the 5 areas of agriculture, food, digital tech , engineering and materials(materials = textiles, wood, timber, polymers, graphics etc). - Ag, Food & DigiTech are national priority areas and we will get them by hook or crook.

There are no timings yet, but BOSTES have said we will have the final syllabus in our hands for 12 months before it is implemented. The final directions document (instructions to the syllabus writers) will be completed during September based on feedback from the consultations & surveys, and we will get at least 1 draft syllabus for comment before BOSTES endorses the syllabus & the Minister signs off on it. Given that commitment, I would suggest an implementation in 2018 is possible, but unlikely, with 2019 being more realistic.

What is worrying is that apart from a requirement to cover every area in 200 hours over 2 years there is is no set minimum time for teaching any of the areas. If I was a school administrator concerned with covering my backside & just boxticking I could choose to to do ag & DigiTech in 1 term (@40 hours) and do very very very shallow learning, and change nothing about the Tech Mand projects we already do.

The other areas are panicking at the thought of loosing hours for compulsory DigiTech & Engineering(on top of the generic requirement for developing ICT capabilities) and they were quite aggressive in wanting the emphasis on Digitech toned down in some areas (specifically the rationale). We also suggested to BOSTES that some of the draft outcomes specific to DigiTech are changed (and there were some other changes to the objectives overall) .

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Brisbane council loses $500k to scammers

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Re: It's a ripper!

Even better its a a ricker poody and a fangdoodley

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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The logical step given the grunt inside the phone

The next step is to what Microsoft proposed and did not follow through on with their phones, ... pop the phone in a dock with a mini HDMI connector attached to a 24in monitor, and ethernet , full size USB ports, and charger(like the Surface dock), bluetooth a mouse and keyboard and use the phone as a BYOD computer - especially in a school situation. - Most kids here have a smartphone, but no computer of any sort at home, let alone one they are allowed to bring to school .

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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Re: Yeah but , what budget cut ?

What Budget cut ?

From Perfessor Sinclair Davidson (RMIT) ...

One of the arguments going around is that we shouldn’t blame the ABS for last nights shemozzle as they had had their budget cut. This is a very sneaky “blame the Coalition” tactic. Of course this tactic will have some traction because it is widely believed that the Abbott government slashed spending in its first budget.

Now it is true that Joe Hockey cut funding to the ABS by some $7 million in his first budget. Not as much as the $19 million Wayne Swan cut from the ABS in his first budget.

But as the graph below shows (data taken from the Budget Papers) it is simply not true to suggest that the ABS had had its budget cut. There is a clear pattern in the data – ABS funding ramps up dramatically in the year before and the year of a census and then falls back again. The Australian government (of either persuasion) is funding the ABS to undertake the census.

http://catallaxyfiles.com/files/2016/08/ABS-budget.jpg

I am reminded that in 2015 the federal government invested $250 million to upgrade ABS infrastructure, systems and processes.

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Turnbull advocating beheadings ?

“Lots of people are trying to find out who to blame and what heads should roll.”

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#Censusfail Australia: Not an attack, data safe, no heads to roll

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Spikes easily explained ?

just after 10 am - morning tea or got the kids off to school and just got home "ish"

just before 12pm - lunch or I'd better do this before I get the kids "ish"

after 7:30 - got home, had dinner, littlies bathed and off to bed or otherwise winding down "ish"

I went to a local club last night to help celebrate a neighbour's birthday. 12 households - 11/12 tried to log on sometime between 7 and 8 (the 12th couple us decided to use a form knowing their would be a titsup).

One Sydney dead tree rag has even quoted from a survey conducted last year that 16% of households use a VPN , and many are set to "US" source.

Massive, it should work in theory, lets forget about real human behaviour, fail.

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Australia's online Census collapses, international hackers blamed

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Yep who'da thunk that most people would leave it until they got home from work, had dinner, put the kids to bed and tried to log on at once (ie @ 7:30pm - 10pm).

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Defuse census outrage with independent oversight of data-handling

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The answer to more government is NOT more government

Title says it all.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: It aint just this upgrade

Location Australia, Keyboard layout US. Every 2nd freaking update decides to change my keyboard to UK layout - not a problem unless you don't realise before entering your p@ssword.

Or which happened on the weekend, logged on fine with the US keyboard layout, and in mid browser it session changes to UK , and I lock myself out of a few sites. I don't have nor have I ever had a UK KB layout and delete it every single freaking time (not happy I had again get rid of a whole pile of unwanted apps..

Happens on my big box, and SP3 as well

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IT analyst: Oz census data processed as plain text

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Re: I'm Batman

I'm Brian, and so is my wife..

Occupation : cheesmaker

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Australia hires former head of controversial UK care.data plan

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First the census , now this ...

With apolgies to Cato the Elder

Ceterum censeo factio Liberalis esse delendam or the shorter version

factio Liberalis delenda est !

(Apologies if the latin is not quite correct)

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census

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Data matching

Whilst the ABS may not be able to supply any unanonimous data to another body, I can see nothing that stops,say, the ATO - sending the # of Rufus T Firefly 123 Somewhere st Freedonia 1/1/1900 , declared income range 45-40k - and the ABS adding a 'yes/no' flag and sending it back, or Satanlink sending - same #, 4 kids y/n

This is why do not trust the ABS as far as I can drop kick it and I stopped trusting the BOM , when they totally and utterly screwed up the aussie temperature record (Acorn -SAT)

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Other issues

Our network nearly died after O2016 was deployed.

Every time a kid went to create a new document, the request to download all the templates went out, and was replied to.

Oh and could they remove the Xbox, TV & Movies, Groove and "solitaire collection" apps as well. Currently, collectively, the Microsoft caused banes of my life, there are others, but those are caused by our IT Department.

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Apps record your heartbeat but now you worry the Census will remember your name?

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A loophole

The legislation says I must answer all questions truthfully in the manner required.

In all my previous dealings with the ABS I have completed the form, cut out the reference number and signed declaration, and put the rest through the shredder & return the chaff, reference number & declaration in the envelope supplied.

The one and only time I got a follow up call (it was a business related survey I was forced to participate in) I was threatened with dire punishments until I had replied that I had complied with the requirements of the Act, I had honestly answered the questions in black ink on the form supplied and signed the declaration attesting to same. Nowhere did it say that I had to return said form in one piece.

ATM I am planning to have a cup of coffee with my FIL in a town located @ 4 hours away (ie drive 4 hours, have a cuppa, and come straight home again) & genuinely answer I was not at home & therefore do not have to complete "the form".

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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Yet another conspiracy theory

'twas a 3 letter agency based in the US. A three step plan

1. Hillary wins the nomination "dirty" as was mentioned up thread.

2. Hillary is forced to withdraw either some form of "October surprise" or the death of a 1000 cuts also mentioned upthread all arising from the emails

3. At the last moment a certain current female resident of the White House is drafted to great acclaim using the halo effect of the bloke she is married to.

Result..

The Obama's do not need to move out.

NB This is not my crazy theory - it was one that was raised on another site

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Trump's Trek

Now it just means kill the Other,

I presume that is where your reference to Trump is coming from (and nowhere might I add, has Trump ever advocated killing anyone).

I saw it as a parable of the "collective" vs the individual (or Neitschen "superman"), or in politocal terms the leftist versus the libertarian. Krull was quoting , or at least paraphrasing Neitsche, and was having collectivist theory thrown back at him - they were really really belabouring both points - "The twig in a bundle" etc , Kirk, although he acts as a Neitschen superman, "its the whole team" stuff at the end - I saw a Krull = Trump undertone

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: Three Laws Of Robotics

Oh so 3 or 4 laws dreamt up by a novelist have any legal force ?

Rushes off to write a novel in which I am the King of the World & worshipped as a God, and people willingly follow all my diktats

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

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Been on both sides of this debate & it ain't pretty from either side

I'm not a PHB, but a 'umble teacher , having been in Software Dev for 30 years before that.

Our corporate IT department has no idea how a school operates - we have just been taken of our own domain and put onto the mega-corporate domain.

Access to printers is determined not by person, but computer"role" (student or teacher) and room. Which is fine - except on a typical day I will teach out of 2-3 rooms - if I want to print to my staffroom printer from a room that is not assigned to that printer - tough.

The @!#$@s have decided that students don't neeeed to have their "documents" folder mapped to a network drive so when they save their work it is on that machine only. , I am most annoyed that f'wits with no clue are telling me what I am allowed to to teach with (I use as much FOSS software as I can so the students can access it from home ).

I would like to apply the Rabz Doctrine (normally said of government departments) "Sell the staff into slavery, Kill it stone dead, , burn it with fire, salt the earth containing its ashes".

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Internal Purchases

When I were a younger tacker I worked for a large computer manufacturer that also had a global software arm (hint an AI is named after a former CEO - Think! about it :-) )

We had brand new IBM (oops) 486 delivered with a whopping 32mb RAM to run Win2K. Our 300 page design spec took 20 minutes to open, one intrepid SE privately purchased another 32mb stick, to double the RAM and had it open in 30 secs.

PM submits request to procurement -

response OK $592 each ,

response to procurement - we can get them from Dick Smith for $120 each full price, and the qty we require will drop the price to $99 each.

Procurement - ah , but are they standard IBM part# 123 , negative parity ? -

Response Yes, and they will be drop shipped directly from YOUR warehouse -

response - buy any of those and you will be sacked.

PM's responses which was then emulated by many other PMs, document the time difference between 20 minutes and 30 seconds for each developer & internally charge procurement for the time wasted, Escalate to State Manager when charge disputed.

Result 30 sticks 32mb sticks delivered next day at a cost to the project of $90 a stick

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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Re: @ Ol'Peculier

marmite bah, too sweet. Real mean eat Vegemite !

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Telstra's 'future of medical diagnosis' needs just 5Mbps

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But you get at least more roads for your money today...

Niece in Wollongong final year of nursing, in the whole exchange not 1 free ADSL port,- getting FTTP in 4 years in no use to her today, She now has FTTN

Students on Central Coast, again not a single port available , and Telstra simply could not add more DSLAMs as the building would have needed to be built and the power to the exchange upgraded. No use to students today to get FTTP sometime after the first 5 year plan was completed - They now have FTTN

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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Totally misses the monopoly argument

Sure tech can provide lots of competetition and lower barriersto entry, but even a well funded alternative to uber or airbnb will struggle, as even Sir Richard Branson found . Give any tech marketplace just 2 to 5 years and it will settle into a pattern of a 600lb gorilla, a 300 pound gorrilla, and who?

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Australian pre-election leaders' debates take to Facebook, not telly

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Re: Facebook <> Media

Me neither. Only 2/6 of my year 12s have it, 2/11 year 11s, and about 15 of my year 10s.

Given kevin turnbulls rapidly deteriorating "base", it is just another sympton of we "don't matter' how THAT remark will come back to bitepoll guru Mark Textor

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Sammy must use the same hw vendors as NSW DoE

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/31/printer_drivers_ate_homework_says_nsw_dept_of_education/

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

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Re: circumvent

Nope. They are for life.

When I moved from NSW to Queensland my NSW drivers licence # was 1234XX*. I had a new licence issued in Qld & surrendered my NSW licence. On moving back to NSW 22 years later I found I was issued licence number 1234XX*.

*Not actual number.

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Telstra gets AU$180 million to run national cancer register

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The real question

Why are the Feds keeping such a register anyway ?

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Is it just me?

Neat - if you not a bird. The US Fish and Wildlife service investigated this plant and there were hundreds of bird carcasses collected from under the mirrors, including one Peregrine falcon.

IIRC they spent somewhere north of $2m on building a fence to keep some tortoises out.

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Re: Gas-powered solar...

According to the Press Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. , Ivanpah emits enough CO2 that it will “be required to participate in the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions.”

In its first year, Ivanpah emitted 46,000 metric tons of CO2. That’s about as much as a Frito Lay plant in Bakersfield emits.

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NBN leak pits minister against AFP commissioner

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parliament has been dissolved therefore no privilege therefore do not to be placed under seal

Following the double dissolution there are no members of the house of representatives and no senators. There is no House, no senate and no committees. This is the meaning of dissolution,

Stephen Conroy is not presently a senator. He is a former senator and a candidate at the forthcoming election. Therefore he does not have parliamentary privilege.

The House of Representatives Practice (6th edition), p. 224 states:

Dissolution has the following effects on the House of Representatives:

. All proceedings pending come to an end—that is, all business on the Notice Paper lapses.

. Members of the House cease to be Members, although those who renominate continue to receive their allowances up to and including the day prior to the day fixed for the election. Ministers, however, continue in office and the Speaker is deemed to be Speaker for administrative purposes until a Speaker is chosen in the next Parliament.

. Any sessional or other such non-ongoing orders or resolutions cease to have effect.

. All House committees and joint committees established by Act or resolution cease to exist.

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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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Easy peasy to change the stats

Have a large portion of your male staff "identify" as female , it is after all just a tick box.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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An older variant of the typography baseline shift

Sent an auditor insane playing with Advanced Function Printing for the IBM 3800-3. Firstly I moved individual characters in fields around, and wrote a little proggie that intercepted the print stream & moved lines in what was supposed to be a sorted list around into random positions (I was "loaned" a Red book with the internal commands by a friendly IBM SE)

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

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Sorry to down vote you .

I am on the end of long piece of string tied between 2 string cans on a really good day, at 2am I get 12mb, when the kids get home from school or if it rains - 1-2mb . I would rather a good solid 25mb within the next 3 months (when our FTTN node goes live), rather than wait for 2020 to get the Rolls Royce solution.

As South Korea has had super doper fast internetz for years - what is the killer app use there that would make me want to reach my hand into my pocket to buy the Rolls ?

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

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Re: I wonder...

@John Presland,

the Viet Minh used the same tactics against the French between 45 & 54, Where did the AC who raised the point ever mention 60s & 70s ? BTW The FLN (Algerian Socialists) used the same tactics against the French as well.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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It could be the bounce wot kills u

Head on little effect, depending on where it it hits the smokebox. as the debris could bounce & take off the safety valve, or take the head off the driver who has his head out of the window.

Odds very small

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Australia has been there done that. I do not watch ABC or SBS, but still contribute whether I want to or not. I wish our government would remove funding for both services.

It has grown so large & powerful, pollies form both sides fear the consequences of cutting funding. It s "free" services are also canabalising sales form other news outlets, especially the ones on the same "side" as the ABC such as Fauxfacts (sorry Fairfax)

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Re: Missing the point

have an upvote.

Would allow teaching of networking & setting up servers which would be a lot less expensive than doing it the way we do now.

Set up as a server I could do some decent testing of more complex websites submission of forms especially) of website s & apps, especially now that parse is being shut down

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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Re: Quibblage

What is the Law called that states 2 identical computers (sequential serial numbers even), with exactly the same configuration, with 2 identical USBs will take wildly different time to complete a program instillation ?

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US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

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Smith said the Australian ambassador to Washington had declined to give evidence but he repeated his invitation to talk to the committee either publicly or privately.

Firetrucking Joe Hockey, he was a lazy child of unmarried parents as Treasurer of our beloved land.

Given that our "beloved" former PM has put his hat in the ring to replace Spanky Moon, as Gen Sec, expect the whole UN to become even more dysfunctional

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Several Problems

The aunt & uncle who live in SFO do call it the Peoples Democratic Socialist Republic of SFO, As soon as they resolve a boundary dispute with a neighbour they are out of there.

They love it, but the city govt is squeezing owners & landlords to get the last bit of juice out of the pips (amazing how that happens hen a majority of voters are tenants).

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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It really gets hot in acar

http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/queensland-heat-melts-car-dashboard-39711

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Budget cuts bite National LIbrary of Australia's digital archiving ambitions

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Standard Trick

Well done El Reg, you are falling for the standard trick when a government organism is faced with a budget cuts ...

Thomas Sowell expressed this trick the best ....

Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?

The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.

At the local level, the first response to budget cuts is often to cut the police department and the fire department. There may be all sorts of wasteful boondoggles that could have been cut instead, but that would not produce the public alarm that reducing police protection and fire protection can produce. And public alarm is what can get budget cuts restored.

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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Re: Whoa, High rollers!

How about - you pay me to take this stinker of your hands ?

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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Re: A little knowledge...

school teachers tended to be hell for me. They are always right about everything, never listen, always know better, even if they fail to understand what they are talking about. Apologies to teachers not like this, I know you exist.

I feel your pain. As the one and only IT teacher in the school ...

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Telstra proclaims free data day to make up for epic TITSUP

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If it was AXE node

then I would understand , unless things have changed enormously since I used to play with exchange management software eg to connect a customer the command was SULII, to disconnect SULIE

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: re.Mutti

Earlier this year my cousin,a Frl Dr.-Ing who lives in Hamburg, has stopped calling her Mutti, and has started calling her another name, replacing the M with an F in her regular emails to me.

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Internet idiots make hoax bomb threats to UK, Aus, French schools

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How to discourage done right ...

The boss called an assembly yesterday to go over the evac & lockdown tones for the new starters.

He did say that every threat so far has been a hoax, but we will evacuate to the oval regardless. He pointed out that the oval has no shade or cover & the forecast for the rest of the week is either a hot & humid 30c or rain. He then went on to say that if we do evacuate, we will be sitting on the oval until police have checked the whole school, which will take between 3 & 6 hours, even if the threat is called 30 secs before the going home bell..

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

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use existing budgets !

It should come out of the existing budgets of security services, councils and anybody else that has asked for access (RSPCA etc)

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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Back in the days of the cold war

there was a study done, where the FBI determined it was cheaper to track a member of the Soviet Embassy whenever they left said embassy if they gave them a no limit CC , than to use real live agents, Between that a modern mobile phone ...

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