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#1199199 mygov seems to be down - at least in W.A.

Posted by chrisg on 16 January 2018 - 02:21 PM

...That's the problem Ry, my details are saved as well, today it does not want to know me...

Sorted it out via interminable phone calls but essentially it is useless.

68% MS ? Geez, if I ran servers that bad I'd be kicked out the door, and deservedly so, 99.9 is what I aim for, and usually achieve it.


#1199102 What's on your mind?

Posted by chrisg on 12 January 2018 - 11:47 AM


I suppose Nixon did not help but the money myth was evaporating before then.


#1198119 My leg and the last 2 months

Posted by chrisg on 30 November 2017 - 03:03 PM

no idea what they filled me with for surgery, buteach time i came out of surgery, I would have bad dreams for two days only on panadol now

Scruffy would know better than me but usually Vicodin or Oxycontin, the former I can tell you from personal experience is very effective in grafting procedures but does give bad drams, never had the latter.



#1197782 What are you reading?

Posted by chrisg on 15 November 2017 - 02:44 PM

Two authors have written under the Tom Clancy name that I'm aware of, Mark Greaney and Grant Blackwood. the former considerably more prolific, Clancy himself is dead of course. Both of them have make no bones about their using the Clancy name and style and they do a good job of it.


I've a daughter who typically finds me the latest one for birthdays and Christmas, she usually gets them from Book Depository in the UK for a very good price and despite now being owned by Amazon they still ship free worldwide - how much longer, no idea.



#1197134 What's on your mind?

Posted by chrisg on 23 October 2017 - 12:11 PM

J20 look nice but I think it might not be as stealthy as they claim.



 I spent quite a deal of time in the early days of stealth working on designs and came to the conclusion that it was not really worth all the effort and expense, simpler to just teach pilots to get down low and fast.


The more telling thing about the J-20 according to an article I read last week is that the engines are very short lived - that's not terribly encouraging if you are flying one.


U.S. engines are pretty reliable but a mate of mine who flies F.16s has had two engine outs in the last three months and in a -16 you have just one to rely upon. Both times fortunately he was close enough to airfields to be able to get down in one piece but he was pretty rattled by it.


I've actually never had that happen to me, complete engine destruction from a bird strike leading to a bang-out that is somewhat different but to have your engine suddenly fail in a CCV aircraft, that would be no fun at all...


Without the engine you are on battery and with the number of systems needing power you do not have a lot of time to get on the ground before it turns and bites you.



#1196348 Same-sex postal survey is a go

Posted by chrisg on 24 September 2017 - 01:38 PM

...Not pleasant, but to get back to topic we've so far had six survey forms appear in the mail, people who never updated their enrollment details I suppose.


I just took them back to the post office, as tempting as it was to use to boost the Yes vote.


It's a ridiculous debacle, could have been done on-line for a fraction of the cost and a lot less inconvenience.



#1196116 Twenty Two Minutes to type www.

Posted by chrisg on 14 September 2017 - 06:25 PM




"I'm not on the Internet"

I'm sure you are, can you google anything?

"Irrelevant, when I open email, it just keeps coming up"

What is it? and how does it come up?

"The Outlook"

Well yes, Outlook is supposed to come up

"Yes but it keeps coming up"

OK? That's good?

"I don't want it to"

But you want email?

"Yes, but I don't want to keep having to Outlook"


What she means is that the password prompt is coming up.

And she doesn't know what her email address is.

5 years..... manager level..... doesn't know how our company email works..... (first name dot last name)


I told her this is taking too long, and I needed a bathroom break, so I'll call her back, and hung up.

Went and pooped out of frustration.


and now here I am.

Good lord... I would not be employed for long at this place.


Is there something wrong with Queenslanders?




Probably... spent a lot of time around them and count several as very good friends, but I tend to think the sun and or XXXX get to their brains :)



#1195797 Same-sex postal survey is a go

Posted by chrisg on 07 September 2017 - 03:19 PM

Somewhere around there I'd expect Mac.


Personally I don't think it is any business of politicians and a complete and utter waste of money, spoken as a total heterosexual :)



#1195044 how crap is this government ?

Posted by chrisg on 18 August 2017 - 01:14 PM


A few days ago Xenophon made the dodgy citizenship news when there was some possibility he may be a Greek or Cypriot given he had parents from those countries. He did write to those countries for clarification but never heard back.

Well he forgot that Cyprus was a British colony until 1960 and it appears the records show that when his father came out to Australia it was as a British citizen.

Xenophon hasn't, until now, checked to see if he was a British citizen.

Let's see what the Brits say...



The Brits are going to say what on earth are you mad colonials on about ? The husband of the Queen holds several nationalities, so by extension does Prince Charles - its all a load of bullshit and the constitution needs to be changed.



#1193840 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by chrisg on 30 July 2017 - 07:51 PM

What Rybags said !!



Being W.A. where I live is set to become a massive producer/exporter of lithium I ought to be happy but the current technology does bother me a bit :)



#1193832 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by chrisg on 30 July 2017 - 05:03 PM

Pretty sure they're Lithium polymer type similar to recent Macbooks.

About the highest energy density you can get but not cheap.


Also, seems just about whatever consumer L-ion battery pack you buy at retail, it comes to at least double the cost of the 18650s contained inside it.



Yeah that makes sense Ry, not too sure I'd want to be riding a bike powered by one of those given their occasionally explosive nature but Outcast is no stranger to electric bikes :)



#1193342 New car time (also, ow)

Posted by chrisg on 14 July 2017 - 06:22 PM



 CVs are a pain in the butt, but maybe they are better now, I went through a period where several mates had Minis, it was about a once a month chore spread across them :)


Any excuse for a few beers will do :)



#1193005 What's on your mind?

Posted by chrisg on 01 July 2017 - 02:36 PM


Came home from work in the early hours to discover some arsewipe had smashed my daughters passenger window and ripped out her cheapo dashcam.

Stupid bastard even left the power lead behind.


£302 for a new window all for a (now) useless £40 dashcam



maybe they didn't need the power lead ;P such a stupid waste of your time and money ... All cars should be fitted with bullet /shatter proof windows. ... that automatically pop out when the car has been in a road accident ... and yes the vehicle is smart enough to register the diff between a road accident and a stupid tosser thief.


:) would be nice but the equivalent in bulletproof would run around $3k - multiply that out by the number of windows in a typical car, screens are more...


Sorry to hear it Outcast, we had a spate of those around here a couple of years ago, over 100 in one night, my wife and stepson included.



#1192856 how crap is this government ?

Posted by chrisg on 28 June 2017 - 02:59 AM

If I remember correctly, the moronic Labor government lowered the ratio from 1 worker per 7 kids to 1 per 5 when they were in power, thereby increasing costs all round.

Really, if a grownup can't control 7 under fives, they shouldn't be in the industry.



There speaks a single man.... 7 under 5 ? Pass the chair and whip please :)



#1192620 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by chrisg on 19 June 2017 - 04:35 PM




Keith is pickled - before the Stones became really famous we lived on the same street in London and used to drink at the same pub on the corner.


I like a drink but he used to put scotch away at about the same rate as I did Guinness and he'd still walk home without a stumble :)


Dunno about the drugs - not my scene, but I'm unconvinced he was ever straight but could always hold a lucid conversation :)



When are you going to write a memoir? (not at all sarcastic by the way)


Just got this about an hour ago. I am a 70% man, well, used to be. After one bite of this my mouth was filled bitter insipidity, the smoothest condensed soil ever eaten.


Waste not! I manned up and finished the square I had broken off, and no sooner it was gone I was bringing a square of old faithful 70% to my mouth. YUCK!! What is this? Dark chocolate molasses?


Has 90% now forever spoiled my palate? How did it do so.. so quickly? Do I have to eat this always from now on?




One of these days I guess - been thinking of it but not sure where to start :)


70% is about as high as we go, saw that 90% the other day, I don't think so :)