* Posts by Annwyn

27 posts • joined 15 Feb 2010

Cockatoo grabs his tool, manages to get hold of boffins' nuts

Annwyn

Re: Hooray for cockatoos!

I know that feeling - The neighbors at my parents place have a huge walnut tree the cockatoos used to LOVE visiting EVERY BLOODY MORNING at dawn.

They are very destructive little buggers too - they especially like the rubber seals on street lights...

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Facebook won't pull unmarked police plates page

Annwyn

Re: Mods

so true - reminds me of a time (many, many years ago) when a quy I knew with a suped up car made the mistake of talking back to a cop. The cop then spent the next 30 min going over the car until he found something to defect it on

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Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

Annwyn

Re: Blocked here?

Yep, mine too, with a highly descriptive "Open/Mixed Content" categorisation - which is less annoying than the "Hacking" one I frequently get for tech forums, yet a lot less humorous than the ones that get blocked because they're apparently "Educational"

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Curiosity's new OS upgrade ready to go live

Annwyn

Amazing pics, but...

I've just been checking out the "First Hi-Res Color Mosaic of Curiosity's Mastcam Images" on the NASA site and is it just me, or do the "The black areas [indicating] images not yet returned by the rover." look more like redaction than missing data?

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Oz regulator tells telly-makers to mind their language

Annwyn

Re: Re: ACCC are reasonably good at common sense

"Australians pay more for just about everything"

Really? Are you sure about that? And compared to what?

It's true for a lot of things - especially for electronics, designer clothing and, well, don't get me started on video games...

But, for example, today's average unleaded petrol price in Sydney - 137.9 cents per litre (lowest is 127.9). I wish I was only paying £0.89 per litre for my fuel, even if the Yanks pay hardly anything by comparison.

And my grocery bill is a lot higher since moving to the UK too - I almost [accidentally] turned vegetarian because I was subconsciously converting to AU$ and saying "I'm not paying that!" every time I ventured into the meat section.

The weekly fuel price fluctuations are a reality, but fairly predictable. The school holiday increases are a bit annoying, but on the whole if the pump prices are lower mid week, then fill your tank mid week - simples

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

Annwyn

Re: The really don't "get it"

There's no u in Qantas.

Oh, and you've made a small spelling error there too.

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Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM

Annwyn

RE: I could see this as a secondary unit...

These would also be great for rural communities that the banks have removed their branches from because it's not cost effective.

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US breakthrough in Oz bomb hoax case

Annwyn

Re: The big question is...

Just the main character's name apparently, although the Daily Telegraph was kind enough to report which parts of the book THEY felt were relevant.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/ill-detonate-bomb-threat-to-maddie/story-e6freuzi-1226108265266

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

Annwyn

This is not a good thing...

Can't understand why the beeb are so cheerful about this.

Also curious about Bernie's statement duing this morning's free practice:

"When asked whether he felt it was a shame a terrestrial broadcaster would no longer be showing every race live he said: "It was not us who made that decision"."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9550970.stm

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Rogue kangaroo floors broom-wielding 94-year-old

Annwyn

Expat...

"The only country where, without exeption, EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF LOCAL WILDLIFE IS TRYING TO MURDER YOU!"

I really should start using this as my answer when asked "What on earth possessed you to move to the UK from Australia?"

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Annwyn

@AC

My first reaction to this story was one of surprise that the trusty country QLD coppers didn't shoot it - so unlike them really.

But, for the record, there's no Rabies threat in Oz - one of the many reasons the quarantine checks at Aussie airports are such a pain in the arse...

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Aussie carbon tax in actually-makes-sense shocker

Annwyn

We're already paying 10% GST...

@Charybdis

Ahh, makes me homesick - I do miss only paying a 10% sales tax...

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Revealed: Secret security plan should Kate leave Wills at the altar

Annwyn

Playmobil

Seconded

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User data stolen in Sony PlayStation Network hack attack

Annwyn

A-hole equality

I'd say there's an equal amount of responsibility here, but that's just me.

A-hole hackers - Just becase you can, doesn't mean you should!!!

Sony A-holes - evil evil evil

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Computer glitch opens un-staffed supermarket to happy Kiwis

Annwyn

@ So you keep all of your receipts?

Well presumably they have cameras pointed at the self scanners, so I imagine it would be pretty easy to ID those who had done the right thing…

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Customs officers get X-ray machines for down under searches

Annwyn

200 searches is not a lot...

... in the grand scheme of things. It's less than one plane load.

I guess those other 150 passengers would possibly have prefered the quicker option though.

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Bus spotter admits £11k database fees fraud

Annwyn

@ DPA issues

"I also wonder what other sort of personal information the government is prepare to sell to those with a "legitemate interest"?"

VERY GOOD POINT

When I worked for an insurance company in Australia we were required by law to obtain a REVS report before paying out a "total loss" claim on a vehicle. Said report outlines all sorts of info about the vehicle in question such as the registered owner's details and whether there was any finance owing, etc.

Any mug can purchase a REVS report for about AU$15! I don't believe you even need to have a legitemate reason. Very scary if you think about it too hard...

Of course, I only saw the ones that we got at the insurance company - maybe the version that Joe Citizen gets is different???

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EU to lift flight ban on carry-on liquids

Annwyn

@Erm.. duty free shops

You're OK as long as you don't have any connecting flights.

If, for example, you fly from Sydney to Heathrow with a connecting flight to Manchester (or any other EU destination) - you can take the duty free grog you bought at Sydney airport on the flight to LHR, but you won't be allowed to take with you on the connecting flight.

You used to be able to transfer it to your checked luggage when you went through customs, but I've heard they've put a stop to that.

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Great white sharks menace Blighty

Annwyn
IT Angle

Ahh, it must be Friday

No IT? Who cares? It's Friday and we all love stories like this at the end of the week.

Love the genius delivery - I got many a puzzled look from surrounding desks as I giggled away...

P.S. Check out the awesome pic the Sun pulled out to accompany their account if you haven't already!

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British bank cuts 4,500 IT jobs

Annwyn

Or...

How about limiting the % of non-UK staff they can have. If sporting boards are can do it (for less important reasons at that), why not impose it on business?

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Moms stand firm against antenna madness

Annwyn

Did you know...

...that you can light up a fluorescent tube with one of those toy/decorative plasma balls?

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Exiting workers more likely to steal data than stationery

Annwyn

From what I've seen...

... it's not so much a case of the departing employee taking the stationery with them. The speed with which other staff swooped in to clean out an empty desk has always amazed me, especially as the stationery store is not locked.

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Swiss do lady-friendly iPhone 4 launch

Annwyn

In all fairness...

Insurance companies are "allowed" to charge women less because premiums are calculated on risk. All jokes about women drivers aside - women have more fender bender accidents, but when men crash their car they to do it in a more spectacular fashion and therefore cost more to repair (statistically).

But apart from that, I totally agree. I’ve especially always found those “Women only” gyms a bit offensive. By all means have an area within your gym that is for women only, but…

For the record – I am a women.

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Chilean tarantulas menace Bolton

Annwyn

"they can't survive in the wild for long with the UK climate"

Umm, no real danger of a sustained mass invasion then...

Besides, people keep these types of spiders as pets! As Scott has pointed out already.

I'd be more worried about the Redback invasion at Warton - at least those things can kill you (if you're unlucky)

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Wikileaks founder relieved of passport in Oz

Annwyn

Aussie media & truth in the same sentence...

You've got to be kidding me! They're almost as good at making s**t up as the Gov is.

You can't always believe everything the media tells you, you know.

Sensationalism = ratings = money!

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Windows Phone 7 Series website collapses under weight of traffic

Annwyn

Not just the one Microsoft site...

Hotmail also had the same message for a short time yesterday evening GMT - hmmm...

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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon to a toy store near you

Annwyn

Good Game?

Computer Engineer Barbie bares a striking resemblance to "Good Game" presenter, Hex (Aussie gaming TV show that airs on the ABC) – just swap that bizarre binary t-shirt for a Good Game one and hey presto!

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