under the Southern Cross I stand. ...
Nice shot of the Southern Cross in the photo of the 35m dish.
102 posts • joined 24 Aug 2012
Nice shot of the Southern Cross in the photo of the 35m dish.
Or have their arse dragged around? To match the punishment to the crime!
I saw what you did there!
I used to work in a very large organisation that did all its IT in-house. It was widely understood that the celebrations for getting a new product or an "enhancement" deployed *had* to be held about 9 am on release day.
Because by morning tea time, the phones would be going crazy with fault reports and all the real workers on the dev team would be working on fixes. And all the project managers would be writing briefing papers on why productivity in the wider organisation was approaching zero.
Ahh. Synners. Have an upvote for mention of obscure melbourne train station
November is university exam time. When I was a uni student (not in Victoria), I always seemed to have an exam on cup day (not a holiday where I was, being outside Victoria). If the exam was in the afternoon, as soon as the Cup was run and won, an invigilator would write the result on the whiteboards at the front of the exam hall while the exam continued.
This is how the Great Southern Land emphasises its heritage and brings foreign students into our culture.
Icon, cos it was an IT degree.
My understanding of the situation in Oz for employees is that any IP developed in the course of your employment belongs to employer. Gets tricky if you work on a private project while you aren.t clocked on.
Contractors are different - they own their IP unless contract says otherwise - which is why contracts written by Megacorp Pty Ltd (other employers are available) claim ownership of IP developed by contractor.
To my eyes, looks like Telstra was covering its bases when it took Tac Eht Xilef off EBA and onto individual contract. EBA = clearly employee. Workchoices contract = better be extra sure.
I think the eponymous Lovejoy, after whom the comet is named, is an Australian.
Can't say who was original author but I first heard a version of this in the 1970s.
Version I heard was the Texan trying to impress an Aussie cockie by mentioning that his ranch was so big, he could ride his horse all day and still not have ridden off his own ranch. Aussie responds " Yeah, I had a horse like that once."
Have an upvote anyway.
Agree with AmCt.
Yrs truly once spent an afternoon comparing prices of car tyres for the chariot. Then went out and purchased same, fitted to vehicle. For next month or more, I got ads for tyres on every web site.
Now accept that I let the system down by not ordering tyres via interweb, paying via paypal and having the rubber donuts delivered by amazon drone. How were targetting adverts meant to know i was no longer indulging in my hobby of checking car tyre prices?
Bugger. Missed the edit window.
Re the till...
Was once drinking in pub in the northern suburbs of Darwin during the afternoon with a few other thirsty humans. Bar wasn.t busy, given the time of day. Suddenly, lightning hit the power lines in the street, rendering the pub powerless.
As described by Andy A above, beers could still be poured and rums could also be dispensed. But the till was a (back then) new style electronic till. No power meant the cash tray wouldn.t open. Bar manager and barmaid tried to get the tray open while the drinkers offered suggestions like "How about we give you the right amount and you just stick the money in a jug".
Anyway after about 10 minutes of fiddling, the bar manager managed to use a knife to prise the tray open. Service restarted, yrs truly ordered and paid for a round, bar maid takes the money, sticks it in the tray and by force of habit slams the tray shut. As an example of learning curve, manager re-opens the tray using the knife in less than a minute. And puts a glass longways in the till to stop it being closed.
So, yes to battery backup or mini UPS for tills.
"A beat combo, your honour."
Article says that with satellite "latency won't be stellar". But it might be (nearly) astronomical?
Beer for the sub.
Rider in stock photo cannot be hipster. Is not sporting a Ned Kelly beard.
Or are the style rules for hipsters different in northern hemisphere? (Assume northern hemisphere as London black taxi in foto, and WashPost mentioned in article.)
Accuracy of location data ...
A few other thoughts.
1 Many people live in apartments/flats/tenements. AC's comment re 5 or 10 m accuracy would smear the location across many possible units. So plausible deniability there. Plus, altitude does not seem to be in the dataset, giving much more candidate units if a highrise building.
2 Unless they take lat and long from address, not gps data. Which might well be billing address for the credit card. You know, the one you used to pay the $19 to get rid of that very data. Need address to verify credit card for "card not present" transaction. AM might as well do a quick geocoded address lookup while waiting for the credit card transaction to go thru.
Fine is now around $ A187. Plus a free kicking or broken arm from the authorised officers if yr under about 20 yo. Tho you can opt for an on-the-spot $75 if middle class.
So the economics have changed.
AC said "I may as well attempt to prove I didn't read a particular story on El-reg as far as I can see."
Based on my experience perusing El Reg, the usual method of showing one did not read the article is by posting a comment.
Plus kids are at school, parents are at work during daylight hours. So not many electrical appliances being run at home. That might be relevant to usage patterns.
Conversely, the households of dole bludgers (TM) who are at home running tv xbox phone rechargers etc during the day tend to be in rentals. Which typically don.t have solar panels.
Icon cos No sh!t Sherlock.
"BBC's radio adaption of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
I thought HHGG was originally a radio show. The book came later, I thought. But more books and more radio shows followed ...
Sad news tho.
I remember a news item about an ex British colony that decided to change the cars to driving on the other side.
Worked so well that 2 weeks later they decided to also change the side the trucks drove on.
( IT angle - a phased implementation may not always be the best method.)
"Nice try, but that's the only thing we check ..."
I think a tachometer tells you what your engine revs are at a point in time. I think a tachograph records how long your engine has been running and what revs it was doing at every point over a period of time.
But Tim's point, i think, was that if a truckie wants to work extra hours then s/he should be allowed to. Like doing a 168 hr week then having a 7 day break. Run from Melbourne to Darwin and back, no need to waste .money on motels. Negotiate a decent rate for getting the load there quickly.
Shirley you aren.t suggesting that the police should be enforcing annual leave or public holidays. That sounds like socialism to me.
"exploited in the quest to make bigger profits, if the laws and regulations allow it, because employees at that level can often be replaced on the same day, if they don't fully agree to the employer's terms."
Have an upvote. That used to be called the bull system on the docks.
Many commentards over the years have observed that *effective* outsourcing requires that technical expertise be retained in the organisation so that one knows whether or not the wool is being pulled over one's eyes. So the Home Office ought to retain a sizeable technical staff.
Not saying that is the case here. Quite possible that the HO staff are there to pay each and every invoice submitted by the outsourced provider without question or quibble.
"while my toilet remains out of order, use the old printer to shit in"
(Now I'm not sure that is coffee spatter on the keyboard, despite what I have always assumed.)
Able to give us an idea of which state? Assume US.
Interested as a city near me still has statutory 'dry zones' where bars and pubs don.t exist. (In Oz, if you were asking.)
"Neil Young yanks ... "
Shirley he is a Canuck, not a Yank.
Icon cos no beer for the subeditor
Back in about 1966 i.d be willing to bet west pennant hills were all fields around there. So no surprise lots of suburbs now share 2125 where DiViDeD and his mate live. (And it was PMG back then, not Aust Post)
But as mentioned above, delivery point identifier aka DPID is much more precise. Tho not known to the public.
Post code back in 1966 was designed to get mail to the local post office for sorting to rounds. Where actual humans knew the area. Much has changed since postcodes were allocated.
Along similar lines re computers "learning" the wrong thing. I once heard a story about war game software related to convoys and navy escorts*. One of the important things about a convoy is that it travels at the speed of the slowest ship in the convoy. The navy escort of course has weapons and can shoot and sink ships - to guard against attacks on the convoy by the enemy.
In one simulation of an enemy attack, the navy ships started shooting at the slowest members of their own convoy, causing them to sink, and thus speeding up the whole convoy.
Not quite the real world example one wants.
*Might have been US software.
Can I qualify for extended support as my old (now out of service) XP machine has battleship on it?
Tim said "broken down by race, gender, ..."
Back in my days as a junior data analyst we used to have a joke about tabulations of staff broken down by sex.
How we used to laugh.
."Sending out stimulus cheques in the US (George Bush essentially saying, send everyone cheques for dollars as a method of stimulus) did work. But it was noted that if people were sent one for a few hundred, or a reasonable portion of a thousand or so, then they would indeed save it, use it to pay down debt"
Or a still running argument in Oz. The then govt gave an extra $ 900 tax refund when people put in their 2008 tax form. Coincidentally tax time was the same time as the GFC crash. The mantra was go hard go early go households. Allegedly everyone's $ 900 was spent on brand new TVs. Current govt is still whingeing about this. But weird that Oz seemed to avoid worst of the GFC.
"The rest of the world has retail and mid-voltage delivery run by _ONE_ company"
Beg to differ. State of Victoria has generators, hi voltage transmission, mid/lo voltage distribution and retail as 4 separate layers. Not saying it has benefitted the poor bloody householder tho.
Which in a way supports AC's argument.
"Those who have had their data leaked will be able to receive 18 months of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection."
So the bad guys now know they have to sit on the personal data for 19 months before applying for the dodgy loans. That's how I read it.
"If someone reported me what does Facebook do, ask me for a notarized copy of my birth certificate?"
The birth certificate name might be the "real" name (for some values of real) for males but not so for married women in the anglo world. So not quite enough documentation.
Was City of Caulfield. Now city of Glen Eira. But city of St Kilda now city of Bayside. So a few more chances of misremembering "correct" answer.
(Same logic applies to yr real suburb since all the council names were forcibly changed in the 90s.)
And on some cars, but probably not modern ones, turning the engine off by key could cause the steering lock to engage. Not a good thing in a moving car
Shirley a hilux is a ute.
Dave says "Other countries have PR or AV or other versions of democracy... but are any of them utopias? Nah, they might be better on some respect or other for some people, but none are many miles ahead of us."
Oz has both AV (mostly for lower houses aka assemblies) and PR (mostly for upper houses and a couple of assemblies).
And i know most right-thinking people would agree with me that Oz is much better than the old country.
I think borkbork misses the point, at least as far as Victoria is concerned.
The retail companies are separate from the distribution (LV poles and wires) companies, which are separate from the generating companies (I've left the HV transmission companies out of this model). Admittedly, AGL both own generators (such as the notoriously bad brown coal generators in the Latrobe Valley) and are a retailer.
But a retailer can't "make up for lost revenue" by "increasing the daily supply rate for the grid connection" because the retailer merely passes on the distributor's (regulated) cost - they are separate items on the power bill (even if a quick read of my bill (not AGL) doesn't make it obvious that the supply charge is being collected on behalf of the distributor) . Maybe AGL could arbitrage the cost that it sells its generator output to its retail arm, but I'm not even sure if that is possible under the national energy market despatch model.
I suspect that what AGL might be doing here is building off peak capability, and possiby even peak surge capacity, by storing the solar in people's homes when the sun is shining so that they can tap it when demand is high and the sun isn't shining. With the advantage that the capital is being put up by householders, not the company. And they don't have to pay for warehouses to store the power. And under the gross feed-in model that most people seem to be on, AGL get to charge retail for the power the household uses, but pay wholesale for the power (panels plus battery) that the household sells to them.
Coat icon cos that's how dealing with the retailers feels like - their hand in my pocket
"Oddly though, in the days when I worked a milk round, there was no recharge on the bottle though you were expected to leave the empties out to be collected by the milkie."
I thought the number of empty bottles you put out indicated the number of full bottles you wanted supplied. But maybe that was just in my area.
PR (proportional representation) requires multi member electorates. Alternative vote aka preferential system works for single member electorates.
Further information comes to hand via the online edition of The Age.
Some of the money was paid into an account held with the Commonwealth Bank.
Asked if that was a "blunder", Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis replied: "What do you think?"
Bank staff in Oz generally get perks on their personal accounts with their employer. Higher interest rate on deposits, lower or no fees, more favorable foreign exchange rates, that sort of thing. An extra 0.5 % interest and a lazy few basis points on the USD/AUD exchange on $1.5M might be worth it. Or maybe not. Actually, almost definitely not.
Three letters. SPC
Passing strange how seat of Shepparton* was lost by Nationals and picked up by an independent in recent Victorian state election. Nats might just be shitting like a big black alsatian 'right 'bout now.
* The S in SPC.
I always thought there is a clear distinction between a pasty and a pie.
Had to use it at a job site some (ok, many) years ago. Loved the way it separated content from style sheets. Avoided using MSWord for many years for the duration of that job.
" Grounding to a water pipe -- used to be a common practice."
Same in Oz. Copper or steel pipe buried in the ground made perfect sense from an electric perspective. Then unplasticised PVC pipe was introduced. Naturally it got used for repairs by plumbers in existing installations with the unexpected result that the (electric) ground was now isolated from the (dirt) ground by the nonconducting section of uPVC. What I suppose we might call a domain problem. Plumbers and electricians are different trades.
I still remember almost a year's worth of quarterly water bills in the mid 80s begging consumers to get a sparky to check that any plumbing work hadn't compromised their dwelling's electrical safety.