11 posts • joined 24 Aug 2012
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.
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
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
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.
"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.
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
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
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
Re: Some things shouldn't be plugged into the interwebs
Bring your own device, any one?
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.
"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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