Article says that with satellite "latency won't be stellar". But it might be (nearly) astronomical?
Beer for the sub.
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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.
"Some controls like turn indicators have been in the same place for ages"
Not entirely true. Some models here in Oz have them on the right stalk (which is correct), others have them on the left stalk. The wise road user eventually learns to recognise that if the wipers begin to operate then the approaching vehicle may well turn across your path.
I suspect the left-stalkers are cheap factory conversions for the Oz market.
I thought the whole point of brown envelopes is that identity is definitely *not* a requirement. If identity mattered, then payments would be made by direct transfer (thus making NSW ICAC's job soooo much easier).
(GW goes into revery about on-line identity being verifiably set up as "the big man" or similar so as not to have to send a reliable constable around various cafes, pubs, etc to physically collect the envelopes.)
Coat icon because of an old technique regarding "mistakenly" taking wrong coat when leaving ...
"You or I (or the small, competent computer shop round the corner) may say "bloody hell, I could do that for a tenth of the price and still make a huge profit", ..."
London Ambulance system, anyone?
(Tho to be fair, OP did specify "competent".)
And while I'm reminiscing, one of the malls nearby used to play the seasonal music with no lyrics to distract shoppers. I always had a smile to myself when I heard The Red Flag. But I suspect they thought they were playing O Christmas Tree.
Some years ago one of the major supermarket chains here in Oz had the typical high rotation christmas themed pop tunes and carols playing in their shops. But somehow Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas was on the tape. Amused me.
" how does a person suffering from extreme poverty, get access to them?"
Some cynics might think that one way to limit government expenditures is to prevent easy access for those eligible for them.
So why does it need rain sensing wipers? (Hope I am not embarking on the " 7 whys" technique.)
Ok, it might be a showroom model fitted out with driverless tech. But still doesn't have anyone to look out the wiped windscreen. So why leave the rain sensors hooked up to the wipers?
Why does the self driving car car in the vid have its windscreen wipers on? There's noone inside to look out.
TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Service) ...
Wouldn't that be TITSUS? Or have I detected a failure of Processing?
You wrote " Melbournians". But standard spelling is Melburnians.
Could have used correction button, but wanted to use grammar nazi icon. Boring day if this is my highlight.
While watching the tv news in perth ( aka swan river settlement) tonite, the idiot box referred to a washing machine sized space craft. Are oz washing machines the same size as pommy fridges?
Icon cos I know what a fridge is for
" many people can vote at their convenience, but the most disadvantaged have to queue up at a polling station or a library "
Why would the many want to vote in their toilet? And do the disadvantaged have the choice of voting at a public convenience?
Icon cos beer makes me look for a convenience.
People also lock themselves into safes, aka strongrooms. Was once looking at an old bank (not Snowtown!) and it was pointed out to me that the strongroom had air holes to prevent slow suffocation in case of inadvertent closing of the door.
Can see how a quick and cheap way of opening the door could be a Good Thing
Complex systems ... stop airliners and trains bumping into each other
Would have to a very complex system. If they have level crossings on the runways in your part of the world.