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16 posts • joined 24 Aug 2012

Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

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might be sacriligious but ...

http://xkcd.com/1281/

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

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Dr Sir Les Paterson may have prior art

I seem to recall the cultural attache to the court of st james posing the question "what do you do if a bird shits on your windscreen?"

To which the answer was along the lines of "You don't take her to the drive-in next time!"

Somehow seems relevant to this topic.

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Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

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kpis etc

Yr humble correspondent has some experience with the service model of " get bonus if exceed KPI, pay penalty if not meet KPI". Is not that how {a large southern metropolis} allegedly makes sure that itsits railway franchise is encentivated to drop services, omit intermediate stops, run direct to flinders st rather than go thru loop, and generally game the system.

go you pillock.

PS I seem to remember also that having two operators was thort to be a Good Thing. Right up to the point where one operator threw in the towel at a moment's notice. Just before chrissie,just to add to the sense of chaos,ifirc. Can't see why 121 operators would make more sense than 2 under the local monopoly scenario.

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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double entendres*

Trying to do something with double double,but can.t seem to get it in hand. As per ordering a coffee.

*did you see what I did there?**

** ie, pandering to french requirements. Boom boom

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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ghost of the civil dead

Your humble correspondent was once a sentenced to a period of light labor in a large bureaucratic organisation*. During a spending clampdown in the mid '70s**, us (very) junior clerks were required to show our worn out ball point pens to the senior clerk in order to be issued with a new pen. It was said at the time that this was to deter us from taking pens home and next morning asking for a new pen.

wonder the the garda are (suspected of) running the same scam?

* as an employee,for the sake of clarity.

** 1970s. Not 1870s.

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Big Content wants Aussies blocked from Netflix

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buy dvd on holiday ...

Seem to recall that it might be illegal to change the region code on yr aussie dvd player to play the us code dvd you bought on yr US holiday. Possibly under the humorously named us-oz free trade agreement.

so much for that strategy then.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Re: they don't need to know yr name or actual date of birth

Perhaps I wasn.t clear enough. The bottle shop attendant only needs to know that yr 18th birthday is in the past. They don't need to know exactly how old you are.

So what is needed is an Over-18 card. (Which is what they are called in some places,except such cards also get overloaded with name, photo, address,date of birth.* ) What I was suggesting was a document that says "The true holder of this card is over 18" - and nothing more.

*which turns them into a general purpose ID card. and a general purpose ID Card is thought by some people to be a Bad Idea.0

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Big Brother

do you mean ID or do you mean Proof of Age?

Bernard M. Orwell says "I can understand the need for ID when going to places that sell alcohol"

Beg to differ.

Actually the legal requirement is proof of age - all that the rubbidy or bottle-o or Uncle Dan's needs to know is that you is over 18 ('cos that's the age here where I live).

They don't need to know yr name *, but rather that you are legally old enough to buy the demon drink. But the prob is that they (meaning the employer of the slightly-older-than-18 uni student who scored the late shift at the drive thru) *think* they need POID instead of POA. I realise that the "document" that proves yr age needs some sort of binding to the person showing it to the attendant, but they don't need to know yr name or actual date of birth or address.

Thumb print? Iris pattern? Lipstick impression of chocolate starfish? Signature on doc matched to signature signed in front of attendant (but no printed name on doc)? Starts to make it complex. Much easier to ask for a document designed for another purpose.

* may need to know yr name in some parts of Oz, but that's for different reasons**

** Northern Territory, I'm looking at you with yr banned drinkers list

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Asbestos finds interrupt NBN preparations

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Facepalm

Re: and in breaking news

"Otherwise I may have damaged these lines and been bankrupted by the repair costs."

there is always http://1100.com.au or for us older units, Dial Before You Dig *

Tho, knowing roughly where the water, gas, leccy and phone lines are on my own piece of suburbia, I would think it would only be a good guess by 1100, having seen *and heard* what a landscaper did to the gas line in my front yard with a bob cat. I was wandering back from the train station when I heard the gas hissing! (Escaping gas also gives off a good looking vapor plume!)

Which makes q11 relevant at http://1100.com.au/aboutus/frequentlyaskedquestions#

* Used to be Dial 1100 in the PMG days. Dunno who runs it these days. Prob the Singers Govt seeing as they own most of the infrastructure near Glenners W.

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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Big Brother

"because you, reading this, are in the matte camp. ..."

"... I can’t be bothered to explain how I know this, I just do"

Yes, I am reading this on a matte screen. Now I am worried.

BB icon, pretty obviously.

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Satnav blunder sends Belgian granny 1,450km to Croatia

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Headmaster

license

Or, back in the 1980's , the noun was spelt that way in New South Wales. Took me by surprise when I saw it spelt with an s on a very official looking poster in a post office in Woden ACT *. Something like "license photographs taken here" . So I did a bit of checking, and damn me if that's not how they spelt the noun in NSW.

Strange that a country that (allegedly) doesn't have regional accents, does have regional spellings.

* which in a way is in NSW, but also isn't **

** ACT being competely surounded by NSW

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Another Apple maps desert death trap down under

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Pint

Re: which way is the sun?

Eddie E says "Hence, the shadows would depend on your local light source, not on the light source at the mapped location"

Yeah, i'd thought of that one. I always have my desk lamp pointing at my work from under my left arm pit to throw a shadow to the upper right. Which would give me a shadow to the nor' east while I'm sitting at my desk. But perhaps not so much in the back o' beyond while I'm trying to drive to the Isa. Or Mildura.

I did have a bit of mental confusion as to what time of day would lead to a nor'east shadow in the outback. But then i thought "If I was in a car on my way from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa, that is local to me" and so in the morrning, the shadow should be W to SW and in the arvo SE to E. And as Eddie says, at night pretty dark so not much shadow. Or light!

My original point was probably that the application is saying "we're not from these parts", which should be a warning. But a bit too subtle for those people who having paid for a software bundle, think that an application should be fit for purpose. Which it doesn't seem to be.

Need a beer after thinking that hard

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glen waverley
Pint

which way is the sun?

I notice that the pins, eg on the Mt Isa maps, have a shadow pointing to the north east. The developers of the pin-drawing applications (which may not be Apple, nor Google nor even Uncle Tom Cobbley) really ought to know that in the southern hemisphere shadows fall to the south, shouldn't they.

Or are the shadows just some sort of decoration? In which case why do it?

Al in all, it doesn't really inspire confidence that the product actually understands what it is trying to do. Which I suppose is really the point of the article, and also the Mildura article.

Beer icon - well it is Oz, after all

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Malware slurps rocket data from Japanese space agency

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Black Helicopters

Re: Some things shouldn't be plugged into the interwebs

Bring your own device, any one?

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

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Red back native?

There is a theory that the red back spider is not native. But may have arrived with First Fleet, perhaps having boarded in Sth America. Evidence is that there is said to be no word in Indigenous languages for our dunny-dwelling 8-legged friend.

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Mr Bank Manager, help yourself to my smartphone contents

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"give them unchecked access to your current account"

Shirley you mean "unchequed"?

Oops, must have left the book in my other coat. Tide me over till Monday?

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