his is what is happening now. People's choices are being taken over by overzealous and misinformed corporate marketers
Did someone say "nudge" ?
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his is what is happening now. People's choices are being taken over by overzealous and misinformed corporate marketers
Did someone say "nudge" ?
We have a similar thing here, called dial before you dig. BIL is an experienced excavator operator and rang himself despite assurances from the engineers they did. I can only image the look on BILs face whenhe was thrown 30meters when he hit an underground power cable carrying many thousands of volts. DB4UD said it was actually one street over. Lucky bil did ring, power company sent him a billfor 250k , with recording from db4ud , power co withdrew invoice.
As i keep sayingthe times are suspicious, its amaaaaaaaysing that thatsomebody OS thought to hidetheir attack at smoko, lunch and after dinner.
What budget cut?
Normal ups and downs for census.
Another suggestion... pay a bonus for males to 'identify as female.
After all we are being told gender is just a social construct.
Opens popcorn waits for heads to explode,
In the media we see a great diversity of gender& race(to some extent age) , but almost everybody regardless of gender, race, age etc etc holds similar positions on CAGW, Brexit, Trump etc etc.
A long time ago I remember reading that despite making up a few %age points of the population(iirc <10%) , an overwhelming %age of devs(iirc >80%) were of 2 Meyers-Briggs personality types. I am always struck by a Jobs interview from about the time of Windows 3.1 in which he contrasts Apple & Microsoft, which basically boil down to MS employs only techies, whereas Apple employs artists, poets musicians etc - which is why Apple products were more 'beautiful' and had more 'soul'.
I have been showing my classes some of the Google Android Channel videos on youtube on development patterns.It has been interesting listening to the comments my few girls (1/22, 2/22 6/30 and 1/6) make about one presenter (female) in particular relating to her appearance rather than what she says... often with a related comment about computing making you fat.
First, the towers collapsed after the wind farms had failed to perform as required, which involves shutting down without short-circuiting the entire network.
Secondly, even if the tower collapse had occurred prior to the wind farm failures, the effect would have been localised – Adelaide and almost all the state outside the north west would have operated normally.
The problem has been termed a “software glitch” which prevented the safe closure when sequential problems arise. Five of the ten unreliable wind farms have now given adequate assurances that this has been rectified. It is however more than a glitch, which is why one manufacturer, Suzlon, is resisting. All generators suffer less damage if they can close immediately on facing a shock. The faulty wind generators were designed to allow only three such events to take place before abruptly closing down.
Only a month previously, seeking to get special payments for his firms’ coal plant, AGL CEO Andrew Vesey had said, “the rules governing the National Electricity Market need to be overhauled to deal with the unreliable nature of renewable energy sources to ensure a stable supply of power to businesses and households”. He re-iterated such views in the aftermath of the most recent South Australian crisis.
1. Lots of requests for paper forms (postage * 2)
2. Paying more money to those women to chase up why the census hasn't been completed
“The ABS made a number of poor judgements in preparation for the 2016 census that led to the poor experience of many households.
“We made a difficult decision to take the system offline on 9 August to ensure the security of the Census data”, he said, but “the system should have been robust to DDoS events”.
No we badly underestimated peak demand which were just before "smoko", lunch, and "the kids are off to be bed, I have had dinner and I will now do the census" times.
"Airplane", "Return of the Pink Panther", or "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (the Caine/Martin one).
yes, maybe, no
Duck Soup has to be in a top 3 comedies list. I too prefer "Shot in the Dark" to RotPP, but only by a hairsbreadth. Go out 5 and add Life of Brian
FTTP has about a 40% take up rate, while FTTN sits at around 22%.
Do you think that turning off copper networks 6 months after RFS in FTTP areas might contribute to the higher uptake ?
I took a straw poll @ work yesterday - and compared results a year ago. A year ago 50% of my students had NO broadband at all due to the exchange being full -literally (and 2 large containers holding kit as well) short of a massive construction project this could not be easily rectified. This area was a natural choice for one of the first rollouts of FTTN (it was not on the first 3 or 5 FTTP year plans) , yesterday only one student did not have at least a 25mb plan that exception will have it by Christmas (financial reasons).
Wot commswonk said !
Or is it a massive trawl to invent new diseases to scare the worried well, come up with nonsenical new correlation data ?
"When they came for us, they had lists."
Which is why my "mob*" do not put their real ethnicity on census forms in Roumania.
(so many comments & not yet one asking)
Will his coffee machine play Crysis ?
We all know that a sales tax is not a tax on the company, but a tax on their customers. VAT, for instance, is a tax on consumers. It does not tax the amount of money that a company makes, but charges their customer for the privilege of buying the product.
And ultimately who pays the tax on "profits" ?
Hint - its the same mugs that pay pay VAT
Can't disagree with your last para However, we need to make sure that the profits reported in each country actually match the real product, and are not distorted by artificial means to reduce overall tax liabilities.
We had a drier given to us as a wedding present. Lasted 25 years. In the last 10 years replaced 2.
so of absolutely no use to me
Entry in hosts file, and a ghostery block
Problem is, people start thinking those "Four Letters Of Doom" are gospel, and that they will never change.
I have changed - I am now more of an INTJ than I ever was - I just about peg out the 'TJ' bits, whereas in my late teens was only slightly TJ.
At the place where I first encountered this, they did the MB & Belbin tests. The incredibly close & productive team I was part of was regarded as having the 'perfect' makeup of roles and personality types by the facilitator. Of course we were broken up within a week of returning to work. sigh
Better known as the Peoples Socialist Democratic Caliphate of Victoriastan, capital Melbournibad (pronounced Melboring)
Exactly, the supposed times the site was DDoSed correspond with morning tea, lunch, and kids are fed, bathed , ready for bed !
Much as I dislike IBM I think the ABS screwed up its load estimates
These specimens are usually found in finance departments sitting next to 20 year old tractor feed printers .
No they are called teachers, they seem to mostly infect English, History & Home Economics faculties
One of the interesting side effects of a double dissolution is that this is the only time there are no senators, as otherwise senators are elected for set periods. Therefore he should have put those documents into some form of 'escrow' from when the GG dissolved the Senate until until he took office as a senator last week.
"Maybe, maybe not. We might not know until one actually gets sucked into an engine, and then hour like hell it is hyperbole." --- actually we do know since most twin engine jets today are ETOPS rated, which means they are fully able to operate on only one engine.
Yeah & whilst the pilot & co pilot are distracted by all the flashing lights and machines that go 'ping' in cockpit as a result of said ETOPS rated engine failing spectacularly nothing else bad is going happen , if they misread the cause of failure, or they miss something else critical to flight ?
There appears to be about a 500 year cycle between east/west dominance/innovation etc etc . We are in the last part of the 500 year west dominance.
Here in the merry old land of oz its called preloading. As one of mycollegues said, its sad when a studenthas easier access to ice (the drug not frozen water ) than booze and tobacco
I'm not sure if they are referring to same sorts of dolls that we use here, but the teachers have the ability to set "quiet hours", which they do for sanity in the classroom (I currently have 3 girls in 1 class with the baby & not once have they disturbed my lessons by crying), our staff also set a quiet time from @ midnight to @ 4am , so its not a really valid simulation. It has been suggested the girls are given the baby in full "hell child" mode, and they remain at home for the week
your observations match those of a friend who used to design shoes for a living. In the late 90s/early naughties ,he would spend weeks in the factory in China getting it set up to produce his creations.
He described the factory much as you do... The "sneaker line" a bombed out ruin (bombed by the japs in WW2 !) , the machines under the bits of roof that remained, the workers out in the elements,. There was always a pot going in the dorm where a soup was being cooked, everything went into it, rats, pigeons, chicken, etc etc. The upmarket "leather line" was in a new building, but still dangerous conditions, Workers were "hot mattressing " to keep production going 24 hours. This factory produced shoes for many 'name' brands
It had massive fences and gates - not to prevent the workers form escaping , but to stop desperate workes from getting in !
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
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.
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) .
Even better its a a ricker poody and a fangdoodley
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 .
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.
I am reminded that in 2015 the federal government invested $250 million to upgrade ABS infrastructure, systems and processes.
“Lots of people are trying to find out who to blame and what heads should roll.”
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.
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).
Title says it all.
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
I'm Brian, and so is my wife..
Occupation : cheesmaker
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)
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)
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.
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".
'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.
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
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
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
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".
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
marmite bah, too sweet. Real mean eat Vegemite !