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Mac Dude

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#1191001 [Another] London Terror Attack

Posted by Mac Dude on 21 April 2017 - 11:09 PM

Also very interesting reading is material from former self-identified "terrorists" (think, IRA, white supremacists). It's the same, or similar, roots that hook these people into these causes, every time. Should almost be compulsory reading in these times. Highly recommended for broadening understanding :-)

What I find really bizarre is that the internet makes it easier for us to stay narrow in our views rather than broadening our horizons. By default social media feeds us news that supports our point of view and as such cements us in our opinionated bunkers.

Having an open mind is more difficult than in ye olde days me thinks...

#1190943 [PC] Atomic World of Tanks Thread

Posted by Mac Dude on 19 April 2017 - 05:48 PM

I crept back into tanks.


Only a lot. I need to be a little less leeroy jenkins.

#1190599 What's on your mind?

Posted by Mac Dude on 07 April 2017 - 04:47 PM

It's ok muttering abuse at Fedex spam SMSs until your doorbell goes...

Well that's a surprise.

A mate had a dead laptop that he wanted to get going for his son to take to uni. It was an early i7 with 4GB of ram but a totally fried hard drive. I picked up an SSD to replace it but of course there was no Windows DVD with the lappy, it's all on the now dead drive.

A five minute chat online with the manufacturer and two days later the recovery media arrives (via FedEx of course).


The lappy is 3 years out of warranty from what I can tell, so getting it up and running with just a cheap SSD is well worth the effort.

#1190596 What's on your mind?

Posted by Mac Dude on 07 April 2017 - 03:50 PM

It's ok muttering abuse at Fedex spam SMSs until your doorbell goes...

#1190525 [Another] London Terror Attack

Posted by Mac Dude on 04 April 2017 - 11:10 PM

As you said, an interesting topic. One in which, as usual, the Arabs look worse than any other ethnic group in recent modern history.

Apart from the fact that you're lying.

I'm not moving the goal posts. I'm widening the scope of reference to contrast the behaviour of one bunch of ethnics with another.

Like comparing the 91,000 Arabs/Palestinians killed versus the 25,000 Jews/Israelis killed in the Arab-Israeli Conflict to date?

Now that's an interesting contrast in behaviour...

It is.

Jews have killed approximately 470 Arabs in non-war-related terrorism since 1860.

Arabs have killed 9700 Jews in non-war-related-terrorism since 1860.

Jews have expulsed up to 650,000 Arabs after the Arabs attempted a war of genocide and lost.

Arabs have expulsed 850,000 Jews after the Jews reclaimed less than half of their indigenous lands from the invaders.

As you said, an interesting topic. One in which, as usual, the Arabs look worse than any other ethnic group in recent modern history.

I'll bite.

Show me the facts that back your lies :)

I'm happy to dig up some facts that show that Arabs/Palestinians have been killed more than two to one, some have it at eight to one or even higher. It's actually unacceptable for either side to take such casualties, but your claim that Arabs are worse than any other ethnic group in history is utter bullshit, but classic Leo..


#1190518 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Mac Dude on 04 April 2017 - 09:28 PM

Ohhh but I've been waiting to see if this would occur ;) ...
" The future of many existing EBAs has been put in doubt by the Fair Work Commission's new interpretation of the "Better Off Overall Test"
(BOOT) which was introduced in 2009 after Labor abolished the Howard government's WorkChoices regime. Business Council of Australia chief executive
Jennifer Westacott, former ACTU national secretary Greg Combet and one-time Coalition IR minister Eric Abetz have all called for the protection of enterprise bargaining.
Brisbane mother of two Penny Vickers, who stacks shelves at Coles at night, is challenging the company's 2011 EBA with her union, the Shop Distributive
& Allied Employees Association (SDA). Ms Vickers, who is representing herself at the Commission, claims she is $33-a-week worse off under the Coles
EBA than she would otherwise be under the award. "
I guess with the new tax cuts for big business, Coles and others won't mind paying their staff by the " BOOT"  ( lol, pun intend muchly )

This is precisely why we should have a Fair Work Commission.

When you get both sides of politics complaining about the decisions of an independent organisation it's a good indication that they are doing their job.

It's great that an individual (supported by her union) can challenge her EBA with the FWC.

#1189940 South Australia to install new batteries!

Posted by Mac Dude on 15 March 2017 - 08:18 PM

I liked Turnbull talking about how every Australian deserved cheap, plentiful LNG, if we're one of the world's top exporters.

All I could think of was the same speech but given about Uranium.  Hah.  The next thing was questioning why he's trying to bully Vic, NT and other jurisdictions to produce more LNG, when more production = more exports, because that's where the long term contracts and money are.  I'm not really sure who the speech was aimed at.

It's where the money was.

Some of those exports are going out at a loss thanks to greedy state based contracts.

Then there are other conventional gas explorers who have been 'bullied' out of the market by the do-gooders who can't tell the difference between conventional and coal seam gas. NSW is a classic example of this closely followed by Victoria.

This is the problem we face when for some parts of the economy we are a country while for others we are a lose affiliation of states.


#1189905 So far so good...

Posted by Mac Dude on 15 March 2017 - 07:03 AM

I just don't want it enough. I'm happy with the balance I've achieved thus far, without compromising my sanity, my family time or my time with my daughter. I'm trying to get a bit fitter, but that's just for fun and health.

This is also my reasoning - keeping fit to enjoy life.

Last weekend being a long weekend the missus and I went for a trip down the coast then back up staying the night in St Kilda and basically spending a few sunny days grazing. Fasting for a couple of days a week allows me to pig out a little on occasion without my weight and fitness going to pot.

I guess I'd rather be a fit piggy than a dead one :)

#1189794 So far so good...

Posted by Mac Dude on 11 March 2017 - 06:02 PM

No endorphin rush when I go to the gym.

I am not a gym person having tried it a few times. This time however the daughter said 'Dad I need someone to come along to the gym to keep me going'. So I joined and we drag each other to the gym 3 times a week.

Not as often as I'd like but it's still doing me some good and I'm helping my daughter which is all the motivation I need.

#1189620 I do not, nor have I ever seen a penis ...

Posted by Mac Dude on 07 March 2017 - 10:00 PM

Do you see a penis in the character representing the male toilet?


Then it's pretty clear that it's possible for a character to represent a male without a penis showing.

#1189521 So far so good...

Posted by Mac Dude on 05 March 2017 - 01:08 PM

Congrats Mac Dude, this resonates very much with me too. I've being doing 5:2 since September last year and have so far last 14kg, down from 115kg. I can't remember the last time I weighted this much in the last 20 or so years. The other benefits of intermittent fasting are appealing as well :)
Hopefully I'll hit 85kg by the end of this year. Keep it up!

115 to 85 is a long way but you've making fantastic progress SM!

I know one of the pluses they list for the 5:2 diet is how fast you get results. In fact the research shows that folks on this diet keep off more weight over longer periods than diets which take a 'gently gently' approach. Part of the reason for that they believe might be psychological in that providing early results is a great motivator.

#1189520 What's on your mind?

Posted by Mac Dude on 05 March 2017 - 01:02 PM

I like cats, but I don't understand the logic of cat lovers.

Not all cat lovers are the same :)

I've had dogs all my life but when our Jack Russell died our daughter wanted to get a cat. So now we have 2 cats in the house and I'd class my daughter as the crazy cat lady while the missus and I are simply cat lovers :)

However, our cats are indoor cats. The only time they go out is into the back yard with us walking around with them. We are well aware of the damage cats do and we are determined that our cats aren't part of that problem.

#1189498 So far so good...

Posted by Mac Dude on 03 March 2017 - 10:55 PM

One chapter of the 5:2 diet book is called 'the science of fasting' for obvious reasons.

For most animals, and we are one, the cycle of feast and famine is a natural one and one for which we are suited. Our bodies, our genes are the result of an environment where we would gorge ourselves then go without for extended periods.

This is what our bodies are designed to do.

So we went from a feast/famine cycle to where our parents told us not to eat between meals. That's in the dim dark past and now we have numerous big meals with snacking in between. In the last few decades the time we spend not eating has dropped dramatically.

A recent study found that we now eat nearly 200 more calories per day in snacks than 30 years ago, and we eat more for each of our main meals to boot.

Eating throughout the day is now considered normal.

Briefly touching on exercise, as outlined in the current Scientific American, exercise does not assist weight loss.

It's basically down to what you put in your mouth...

#1189277 a wee blast from 2006...

Posted by Mac Dude on 27 February 2017 - 08:22 PM

Now there's something I've haven't seen for a while!
Good to see your name here Mac :)

Speaking of blasts from the past :)

#1189188 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Mac Dude on 25 February 2017 - 04:20 PM

Seems to me we still take days off for public holidays and have the traditional weekend if we can. In fact lots of people do their best to enhance their
weekend around public holidays when ever they can .

No argument.

For most of us the weekend is time off which is why there are penalty rates in the first place - we value not having to work on Saturday and Sunday. If we do work on weekends or public holidays we are compensated for that.

You and I and the Fair Work Commission agree on that. The question is, what should that compensation be?

I have no problem having an independent body review minimum wages, penalty rates, etc., in fact it's probably a good idea. The agument then is focused on how much? 125%, 150%, 200%, 250%? What multiplier is fair?


Anecdotal evidence from those that feel the public holiday / weekend is irrelevant now is simply that, anecdotal, and missing the point that lots
of single parent households, and families, and others trying to pay for their own education will lose out.

I'm not arguing that public holidays and weekends are irrelevant. The FWC is not arguing that public holidays and weekends are irrelevant. If they did they would have made the multiplier 1 and they definately didn't do that. Their job, in part, is to regularly review aspects of awards and compare them to 'the modern awards objective'.
To do this is a lot more complex than saying 'rates can't go down because people will lose out'. They look at a range of factors the main ones being :

* the impact of working on weekends and public holidays on the employees (i.e. the extent of their disutility)
* the terms of their current award and in particular if that award already compensates employees, for example through loaded minimum rates
* the extent to which working at such times or on such days is a feature of the industry regulated by the particular modern award

As far as the impact is concerned in the first point, it includes an assessment of employee health, work/life balance, and any preference employees have for working the hours they do.

The FWC has to consider the impact on the entire workforce, not just individuals.

I think the argument that some individuals may be worse off only looks at their individual take home pay and assumes everything else is static. The FWC has to take into consideration a lot more than that.

Our whole social system is pretty much worked around the education of our young, as it should be.

So the anecdotal evidence of a single mum or family
is waay more relevant than that of some misguided bureaucrat sitting in an office crunching numbers.

I don't think that any of the submissions to the FWC linked the education of our young to current penalty rates, and I'm pretty sure I know why. It's a very very very long bow.
Sure, you can say that ANY deduction to pay of anyone could lead to children having less access to education and as such pay rates should never go down.

That's an argument for a universal free education system, not an argument for penalty rates to be set in concrete.

The job of the FWC is to look at penalty rates to see if they are fair, and if not adjust them. They do this by looking at specific criteria and the impact on employees.

As for the FWC being 'misguided bureaucrats sitting in an office crunching numbers', I think that greatly diminishes the difficulty and complexity of the job and underplays the work done and consideration given. Sure, we don't have to automatically accept everything they say, but if we are going to disagree with them we need to punch holes in their decision making process.

Fair Work and our Gov. allowing the lower pay scales to lose out here is extremely telling.  It's stupid penny pinching accounting..

I don't think it's penny pinching accounting by the FWC simply because the FWC have no vested interest in pinching pennies. It's not their money they are saving or spending.

They have a set of criteria they need to evaluate penalty rates against and they did so without fear or favour.

Again, it doesn't mean we have to follow the 'expert advice', but if we don't we should be able to look at their arguments and poke holes in them.

Oh, I do think the Government has been on a mission to remove benefits from many vulnerable people in society which is a great reason to attack them. I don't think the decision by the FWC however is in the same boat for the reasons outlined above...

EDIT : The anecdotal argument got me thinking about the Reserve Bank.

One day in the near future the RBA will increase interest rates and as a result the banks will increase their loan rates.

Because of that, somewhere, someone will not be able to meet their loan repayments and will lose their home.

Does that mean the RBA should never lift rates?

It's not a flippant question, it will happen.