* Posts by Diogenes

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Another day, another cryptocurrency miner lurking in a Google Chrome extension

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As long as I am asked

Give the choice of seeing ads or using my cycles while viewing your page, and don't be d**k and hog 95% and I would happily mine coins for you

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Telstra said its 7-incher was really an 11-incher, left customers frustrated, unsatisfied

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Re: Telstra, has replied to those complaining

No no they are holding it wrong

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Some people can sleep anywhere

After a very tyring exercise as an aussie, ARes infantry platoon sergeant, i copped 6months extra duty for sleeping through a tri-company attack on the same feature (better known as a battallion attack, which we were not allowed to be doing) . 500 soldiers (including my platoon), hueys, 40 ish m60s, artyand mortar sims, and the quack playing the bagpipes. Luckily, my extra duties only lasted 6 weeks, until I was commissioned.

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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

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Our generation

Wasnt it our generation thatsaid 'dont trust anybodyover40' ?

Qoute attributed to Beatles. And i am closer to 60 than 55

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Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

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Re: Who Is Buying Surface ???

As a teacher, it is an almost perfect classroom device. Touch and stylus and the tablet formfactor are really useful when wandering around the classroom, and it uses the software that is on our desktops.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Re: Considering how much it costs

Not all. They were also spending bigly (@ 14% according to Borrel so therefore @ 250 million) on social media advertising and according to citi farce-book got 2 out 5 dollars spent on online ads. Thus farcebook would have received some 100 million from both sides.

Given these numbers, i wonder what those dasterdly russians did differently to have their 200k be sooooo much more effective than the 30 million hillary is said to have spent in the last month of the campaign

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Considering how much it costs

100k and 200k is a rounding error. According to Bloomberg, Hillary spent 1.84 Billion and Trump 646 million (yes the b and m are correct) .

I am sure that spend of 3-400k made ALL the difference

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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They probably do it for the same reason that US and state flags are everywhere...

Usaians are so terrible at geography they need to be continually reminded where they are

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AI in Medicine? It's back to the future, Dr Watson

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Experience and subtle clues

Late favourite no 2 son had a very rare metabolic disorder in that he had only 47 % of an enzyme critical in the Krebs Cycle. Working through the standard differential diagnosis / tests process took 5 years to finally get a confirmed diagnosis. He was the first child in Sydney diagnosed, and the first seen in Brisbane with that condition when we moved there. After a year or so, other kids were diagnosed with what the boy had, and a lot faster in both Sydney and Brisbane. Why? Because Drs and nurses say, hmm I have seen something like this before, and short circuit the differential diagnosis. Try encoding that in an expert system !

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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Re: How about some balance?

Interesting seeing most coomentards seem to assume the anti semites are white folk. Given transcripts/recording surfacing t the moment, I wonder how many were from followers of another ME based religion

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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Peter,

And Democrats foounded and supported the KKK until the 70s , so your point is what exactly ?

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Underage kids and perverts and leos

Most of the kids in my year 7 classes have FB accounts, eventhough they are under 13. Then there are the fake accounts held by pervs to groom children and the fake accounrs set up by the police to catch saiid pervs. I suspect the underage kids could account for the much larger percentage.

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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Sortition anyone ? anyone ?

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WhatsApp irons a shirt, dons a suit, prepares business services

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Re: Enterprise class

If it did all that I might actually be tempted to install it ;-)

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Copyright violation ?

Will John Cage's estate sue? It is a blatant ripoff of 4'33 aka Four minutes, thirty-three seconds. (yes it is areal thing - look it up)

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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not a huge sample

We have 10SP3s, I am typing this on one of them. So far only one non user caused failure , a problem between the charger input and battery.

Having said that this week 3 of them started to show signs of the screen shimmy , mostly stopped for now by displaying seconds on the taskbar clock... mostly, it still happens sometimes on googles search results page when using chrome

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Similar supposedly crashed server at SYD

Heard from an IBM engineer who claimed to have been there, that there was server that would not boot. It would crash at some random time with a few seconds. Everything replaced, until engineer looking out of window noticed it would crash when the radar dish was pointing at the building.

I heard the story whilst working for a QANGO in the city (between 1983 & 86) as it was the reason for an interesting test . When the recently removed monorail was being built, it was at the same level as the mainframe room. As part of the testing, all load was shed from the mainframe, but it was on, and the monorail repeatedly passed with driver continually on the radio and numerous 'fake' jobs were run, no issues were found .

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RentBoy.com boss faces six months of hard time

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Re: Marine supplies

That would have been RentBooie using the funny pronunciation the septics use.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Abomination in the sight of God

Just wattched an episodeof the Australian Better Homes and Gradens, and blasphemy of blasphemies, has a donut made with beetroot

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Obsfucted plaintext ?

Jean has a long moustache.

Wound my heart with a monotonous langour

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Is his name really Naruto?

How do PETA know it his real name? Has he consented to the use of the name Naruto or would he rather be known as ..... .?

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Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

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Calling Dr Laffer

Of course, if the french dropped their tax rate to match the Irish rate they would get more money.

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Now Uber sued for textual harassment

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As did my SWMBO. While she was thinking back, it dawned on her there was an unclosable popup on a webpage. She came to me because this thing was asking for permissions. App uninstalled lickety split.

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Costly, under-featured MyGov is just fine, says Oz national auditor

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This year will pay to avoid it to lodge tax

Did the eTax thing through mygov last year, it was so painful that I will pay good money to avoid doing it again and lodging through a tax agent - despite my tax affairs being very simple (1 employer, no investments, @1k in deductions)

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Roos, and emus as dumb as politicians

Roo stands perfectly still until you are level, then jumps as your nose passes and ends up trying to come in through the rear door. Don't ask how I know this .

Emus are as stupid as roos, and exhibit the same behaviours as bep describes above.

I have also almost collected an eagle the size of a large child, feasting on roo carcass courtesy of an earlier truck, decides to take off before I get to him and has not compensated for the n many kilos heavier it is . Its talons left a small chip just above the windshield.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Re: Sex offenders covers a lot of ground

No we got them as well - we call them "wowsers" rather than Puritans

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Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

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This is also happening for some systems that i have to use as a teacher. What is particularly galling is that in my previous life as a developer, i designed those systems and they were y2k compliant when written in 1987! Admittedly the code has changed, but 95%of my database design is still inuse, with extra tables for new functionality

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Don't do much coding these days

but when I do it is either polyphonic (eg Thomas Tallis , de Morales etc ) or Baroque up to and including Mozart

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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works both ways

Vet customers - charge a premium for those who smoke, consume drugs, drink excessively, or do not exercise,

A review of published studies has found that people who exercise excessively may be prone to acute or chronic gut issues.

The authors state that "catastrophic brain injuries such as stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage and retinal detachment have been associated with weight-lifting."

Two separate sites - google the phrases I have chosen

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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Re: THEY aren't hiding in shame.

Not all women are comfortable flashing and doing the "look at moiee, look at moiee" virtue signalling when breastfeeding and prefer some privacy. My D-i-L who is no prude, always retreats to the parents room when out, as the grandson is not as distracted and takes less time to latch on, on stays latched on rather than be startled by noises, & generally try to take in everything going on around him.

A lactation room gives them the choice, but if they prefer to feed in the middle of a cubicle farm as long as company policy does not force them who gives a rats.

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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As a former IBM PM

I took over a project that had a travel budget that was totally unnecessary, but I needed some RAM for dev machines. Could I swap the travel budget for the RAM (some special +ve polarity IBM made RAM $500+ a stick @ internal price vs $90 from Dick Smith - same IBM part number) ? Answer was a big fat no.

The RAM was needed so we could have the spec and the code editor open at the same time - it would have paid for itself in 2 weeks in productivity improvements :-(

Got smacked in the internal PIR for not being +/- 10% on the travel, I was exactly 100% under budget (ie hadn't spent a cent on travel) , and 11% over on delivery time (& therefore outside the +/- 10% tolerance). So no bonus for you !

Was glad to be made redundant 2 years later.

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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

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Re: Sounds awesome

wax on - wax off

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Ona serios note

Lots of RAAF VC winners could be commemorated.

Or on a less serious not e 'lemon meringingue pie'

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Re: I blame the management....

Nope,

More a case of you went the toilet, and turned the tap on, and found that you had no water because you neglected to pay your water bill, and you were out of soap because the beancounters decided it was no longer necessary.

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Infosec, e-health, Vets' Affairs scoop up cash in Oz federal budget

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Finally a use for IoT

You missed the other boost to IT - the foreign owners empty house tax ($5k pa). As the new tax would be policed by water/power usage checks, buy IoT things eg lights and taps. Turn on and off at random until something approaching 'normal' single person usage is achieved - an all be controlled from anywhere in the world.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Re: Wake me up …

That is bog standard Win10, with a time & purpose limited limited licence.

It is NOT the same as Win10 for Ed which is licenced to Education Departments, Schools and School Districts

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Re: Wake me up …

Telemetry is switched off for the education skus

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Mushroom

Lost because female ?

I suppose she supports Marine Le Pen and Theresa May then.

I did a variation on this with our extremely lefty female union rep when she tried the "Clinton lost because female' in the staff room just after the election. I asked if at the next election she would vote for the only party headed by a woman - Pauline Hanson's One Nation. The faces she pulled as she tried to digest the question, and frame an answer was priceless.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Re: Elephant in room ?

Slurp is turned off for educational skus.

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Boeing 737 turns 50

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resurrecting an old meme

Pilots: Compare the original 737 flight deck to the state-of-the-art MAX glass displays

Does MAX allow them to play Crysis ?

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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Re: Its the death spiral stupid!

gee that sounds familiar

but with the following ending.

The company now has an accurate inventory of its systems, and at the end of the contract they decide to split the contract into 10 smaller ones going to different outsourcers. The local IBM entity that did all the work is not even allowed to submit a bid - but the equivalent IBM entity from India is. 2 subcontinental entities win two of the contracts, Accenture another and the rest go IBM's Indian entity.

The IBM India entity does not have manpower so subcontracts the local entity, who are shedding (expensive) TUPE'd staff who understand the business backwards forwards and sideways and replacing with (cheap) graduates with no understanding of the problem domain..

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Green software blacked out Australian State

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Even if it didn't fall down the Heywood was shut down to prevent burnout/overload. You cannot loose 33%*(cough, snigger , chortle) of your generation capacity in 17 seconds and not expect some problems. The rest of the transmission system was fine.

*notional capacity - as I type this actually generating 223 vs nameplate > 1400 (google nem watch)

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Mr Trumbull is spending $2 billion d just that. Pumping water back up hill in off peak

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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There are going to be a lot of people dying surprised

They never smoked, exercised religiously,walked or cycled instead of using a car, avoided drugs,, drank/didn't drink; booze, coffee, water, milk, Kombucha, wheat grass, green tea etc , ate/didn't eat; their 5 a day, red meat, white meat, fish, protein , carbs, glutens chocolate etc; did yoga, tai chi, meditation, practiced mindfulness etc ; used handsfree mobiles ; had full medicals every six months ; colonic irrigation; massage

If I sound cynical - mum died 12 years ago today - all the women in her family died of various cancers of the gut (stomach, pancreas, liver, colon etc etc) - so she did everything recommended to prevent it - and firetrucking leukaemia got her !

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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Statute of Westminster

The Commonwealth isn't a political union, and the United Kingdom government has no authority over any of the other Commonwealth Nations' territory

Yeah but nah but err...

The Statute of Westminster, of 11 December 1931, was a British law clarifying the powers of the Commonwealth Dominions. It granted these former colonies full legal freedom except in those areas where they chose to remain subordinate to Britain.

Buuuuut as reaffirmed in a recent court case, there is the concept of parliamentary sovereignty (also called parliamentary supremacy or legislative supremacy) is a concept in the constitutional law of some parliamentary democracies. It holds that the legislative body has absolute sovereignty, and is supreme over all other government institutions, including executive or judicial bodies. It also holds that the legislative body may change or repeal any previous legislation, and so it is not bound by written law (in some cases, even a constitution) or by precedent

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Uber bans 'brilliant jerks', will train staff on Why Diversity Matters

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Re: Same HR people?

(Moriarty* voice on) you silly boy (off)

You have forgotten the role of hr is protect the company from its employees

* goon show Moriarty

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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I actually documented something similar to this - prior to checking out the code, the developer has walk to exposed brick wall next to the lifts(elevator) and strike his/her head thereon 3 times, and complete the Register with time & date noted -(This was to prove a point to our QM)

We passed not only an ISO audit & CMM-CEI level 5 audit with this sort of nonsense (the devs just signed the register at odd times) - my continuous improvement was to reduce the number to 3 from 5 and I was able demonstrate a small improvement in productivity :-)

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: Complete f'ing idiots compounding their Security Theatre fails

Great boost for the Canadian/Mexican economies, fly into the closest city, hire a car & bingo bango bongo most of security theatre avoided,

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Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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Re: Not fixing the problem

No Enron was an example of crony capitalism , which is not the same a free markets or even true capitalism

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Re: Sorry but how

So you'd rather waste 100% of the excess generated energy then be able to store 80% and use it later during times when it's needed.

Yep and it will all discharge in 4-30 minutes depending on conditions.

There will be very little 'spare' power to capture - especially when the leccy flowing across the Heywood connector reduces/becomes non existant when Hazlewood closes down. With mooted closures/ maintenance shurtdowns of black coal generator in the Hunter as they reach their end of life there will be very very little 'spare' leccy to shunt around the country.

The only way to fix the mess is to get rid of the stupid 'must take' laws, ie if soloar & wind are generating anything, that must be be purchased first - which is what is making switching Pelican Point on unviable.

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