Re: Cut/n/Paste was Weirdly, I get on better with OpenOffice..
But, isn't that a Paste Special option?
351 posts • joined 20 Feb 2007
Sorry, but "El Wedge" sounds a bit kiwi, doesn't it?
We could try to take a leaf out of the old Japanese TV advert - can't rememebr the product, but the Australian reporter to HO was Mr Ockamura, who failed to report because he was enjoying the delights of sun, sand, surf and girls on Bondi beach. I seem to recall that his NZ colleague was Mr Kiwimura, but that didn't work as well.
Is OckaReg too bogan?
At least we haven't got Wayne, Julia or Penny as reporters.
Why on earth are we attempting to proceed down a path of LESSER automation, and GREATER intervention?
Will the person reporting on phone control of a Porsche please tell us all if that extends to disabling the automatic transmission and reverting to phone control of a clutch pedal and manual transmission?
It's obvious that evolution is a crock - we are going backwards not forwards.
<quote>Even if I accept that the peak oil people are utterly crazy, I find it hard to believe there's INFINITE fossil fuel.</quote>
Umm, I suggest that you Google for "renewable crude oil" and read what you find...
Furthermore, I offer this analysis:
Where, currently, do we find it more amenable to live - in warmer or colder climes around the globe? [Rhetorical question, surely?]
So should the overall temperature trend be on the rise, I put it to you that the global effect will be to expand the warmer regions towards currently colder latitudes. Equatorial latitudes might become 2-4 degrees warmer by the end of this century, but so will temperate and frigid zones IF the prognostications achieve their worst predicted outcomes.
Why should such trends represent "the sky is falling" doom & gloom panic stations?
I posit that the result should lead to a reduction in fossil fuels being used for heating, and that more temperate acreage might mean more plants absorbing CO2. Some nicely positive feedback effects, no?
<blockquote>The "natural variations" crowd are like believers in "intelligent design" (creationists). They too explain changes based on unknowable forces at work, which cannot be analysed and understood by man.</blockquote>
Oh, er do you mean unknowable forces, akin to unknowable substances like "dark matter", Oort clouds as a source of comets, and so forth?
I thought I heard someone whispering "unicorn"...
The NBN is approaching TNM stage = The New Monopoly.
The current gummint (ALP or new labour flavour) has never hidden its disdain for the ideas of competition and free enterprise, even whilst enjoying the benefits.
Despite the bungled corporatisation of the old PMG - separation into Australia Post (highly successful commercially) and Telstra (highly successful financially but abysmal structurally, and with a woeful corporate culture), the country has some competition in telecomms.
Now that Telstra (11billion), Optus (about 900million) and whoever the hell the third carrier is, have sold their freedom to NBN, there will be no more competition: there will only be the NBN game in town telecomms-wise.
So AC above, if you want to see us go back to six-week lead times for a single telephone line install, go right ahead. If you want to have lovely 100Mbit speeds (theoretical) for traffic within Australia BUT no change for incoming international traffic, go ahead. If you want to pay over the odds for high-speed services, or be content with affordable middle of the road services at speeds we already have, go right ahead.
But don't expect me to put up with it. I'll go wireless to bypass the lot.
Ye gods! Turnbull has dropped two catches in the slips, and managed an overthrow for more runs.
Obviously doesn't belong there. He should be either third man or twelfth man.
The big scam which is the NBN is the sheer grandiose scale of FTTH. The Coalition policy of expanding fibre through the backbone then going to the kerb, with scaled expansion would have cost approx AUD4-5Billion in 2007 dollars, when it was their election policy.
The Rudd-Conroy Axis of Stupidity decided that a logical, affordable, progressive rollout had to be trumped by big numbers - hence a figure out of the air - 42Billion, with a net cost of 26Billion (after private sector buy-in).
There was not even a back of the envelope costing or a Compaq table napkin business plan.
So Turnbull is attacking in the wrong place.
Either get him out of there, or get him better advice.
A typical cover the backside report - telling insurers (and everybody else) that they must do better next time.
Pray tell, how is a digital broadband network going to keep operating when an area is entirely flooded? When power has to be cut off, the network will be bereft of electrons to push around.
Yes, other parts of a city will be OK, but all this huffing and puffing about improving the infrastructure is all fine in theory - but how will it cope in practice?
And I notice that Big Brother is being told to gather and store more data. Yeah, right!
PayPal's T&Cs are fiddlesticks - they hold themselves out to be "the easiest way to send or receive money around the world". But every single T or C which restricts that represents more and more misleading advertising.
I hope that one day someone with deep enough pockets takes them up on their whinnet-ridden (thank you, Douglas Adams - a truly pungent turn of phrase) T&Cs and goes through the organisation like a dose of salts.
your comment is a dangerous half-truth.
C-14 has a half life of approx 5700 years, right? 5730 to be precise, Thomson. Thank you Thompson.
C-14 radiometric dating is capable of reasonable dating within human history, because it can be cross-checked against external historical evidence.
It has it's limitations of course: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon-14 (Wikipedia for speed, only). So it cannot be extrapolated to millions or billions of years via the use of other isotopes.
... for two weeks the ADSL2+ "service" from Telstra has been crawling and then stopping every half hour or so at worst, every two hours at best.
We have to go and power cycle the ADSL "modem" aka NTU and <sigh> whilst hoping that it somehow forces the service back on air.
Don't talk to me about Telstra - again!
I am just amazed at the loyalty of the techs who do a marvellous job, but they bust their guts for a service that totally sux where we are.
...which is that whatever the terminology used, the strategy seems to be a most effective way to undermine their opponents, by undermining the institution.
I disagree with what they are doing and with MS for supporting it, because I think it is an illogical (and deceptive) case, and the use of "equal rights" terminology is a false argument.
There are already restrictions on who can marry. The current laws in all jurisdictions do not simply allow any two (heteros, although NB this is NOT stated - more below) who love each other to marry.
There are limitations based on
a) existing married status
b) close blood/family relations (the taboos - usually listed) and
for example. The definition of marriage as between "a man and a woman, entered into exclusively for life" should preclude a lot of short term relationships too, but easy divorce has undone a lot of that.
Secondly, the argument as put is that marriage should be available to "any two people who love each other" rather than being restricted to "a man and a woman", but this shifts the basis from something biological (capable of scientific testing for example) to something emotional (consequently variable and impossible to assess, realistically speaking).
And looking at the emotional turbulence regularly portrayed in public, one has to wonder whether this represents a good move for a start, before we have even considered the children (won't somebody think of the children! There I said it for you all).
Thirdly, the definition does not say anything about heterosexuals or homosexuals, it simply requires that the two parties be one each of "man" and "woman" and that the relationship be exclusive. If the parties can't meet the definition, then marriage is not for them. But this is where the "gay lobbyists" are deliberately working to undermine the definition. However, they are sawing off the branch on the wrong side and they will go down once the saw cuts through (great cartoon humour, but there are serious repercussions to what they are doing).
The moral of the story is:
Be careful what you wish for: you may very well get it.
When the first mechanical typewriters were invented, competent typists could jam the mechanisms with the speed of their work.
Therefore Mr Scholes invented the QWERTY keyboard layout to avoid jamming the key mechanism. A partially intended consequence was that typists were slowed down and thus rendered less efficient than they might otherwise have been.
Now we have a sub-optimal keyboard layout represented on screen, but superficial factors appear to necessitate dropping of keystrokes. Argh - it's deja vu all over again!
Check this and follow the links:
And look for Donna Laframboise "The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert"
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...are on the loony left extremity of Australian politics.
The only problem at the moment is that the ALP (Labour/Democrat equivalent, being so-called "progressives" - mainly closet socialists) is a minority government hanging onto power (whatever it takes) by forming a coalition with the Greens Party and three independents.
Consequently, the Greens tail tends to wag the ALP dog, and we have a PM largely hostage to a deal signed under some duress, aided and abetted by her socialist past which was redder than her hair.
Personally, I would put the Greens on a level somewhat lower than Screaming Lord Sutch and the party he established (Official Monster Raving Loonies). The Greens take themselves far too seriously, and we don't do eccentricity anywhere near as well as our colonial masters.
This Senator had the hide to harangue Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, at an enquiry into the lockout of three unions back in October, when he didn't even know what the legislation said about company options in a dispute. Mr Joyce ate him up and spat him out.
Sen Ludlam was one of three such Senators who attacked Alan Joyce as being duplicitous etc etc., and who tried to tell him how to run his airline, when none of them have had any (repeat ANY) business experience in their entire working lives.
And now he says "he did meet with Swedish justice officials to discuss the extradition process." Lemme see, that means he could have merely met with a clerk of a court, and been given a printout explaining court/extradition procedures. He may have had one of his staff point out that it was in Swedish, and he could have gone back to ask for the English translation.
I have no time for such blind incompetence.
Hmm, Gerry must have finally got the first part of the message. He admits that whta he rails against is a collection policy at Aust Customs, rather than a legal exemption from GST.
We can only hope it will take less than 12 months for him to understand the second part of the message, as clearly enunciated by Term for example.
...but you will have created a simple error of chronology, by attempting to relate two separate and unrelated things. Have you seen someone about that cognitive dissonance problem of yours?
I am a Christian and no, I do not propose "going thermonuclear" - I will simply shake my head at the lengths some people go to in trying to discredit my beliefs.
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