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#1195030 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Nich... on Yesterday, 10:22 PM

Nash hanging over ministerial stuff to someone else wouldn't mean she can't vote.

#1194922 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Nich... on 14 August 2017 - 11:54 PM

It does mention stand or serving, yes (I kind of prefer it as "standing or sitting" but I am easily amused), but one of those you can take care of and be legally elected.  The other is something you can't do much about if foreign powers play shenanigans.


In my mind it's a fine distinction, but I have nfi how the court will interpret.


It may be that the second part won't be decided upon until it actually happens.

#1193985 Hide your atmospheric noise - new SA laws to force suspects to surrender pass...

Posted by Nich... on 03 August 2017 - 12:01 PM

Oh, you think I was trying to pointscore with that example?


No, it was trying to put it into very simple and clear terms to show how ridiculous it is.



The whole hypothetical point of this thread is that it's impossible to tell the difference between random bits and bytes, and encrypted bits and bytes.  If you're arrested because someone is sure the intel they have is correct and you're in possession of 'very serious shit', there's no way to prove you're not in possession of it. 


So sure, maybe they get it right occasionally, but how often are they wrong?  You think some guy is going to b e happy to sit in  jail for contempt rather than for possessing child porn, but why would anyone be happy sitting in jail because they can't prove they don't have child porn?


You're seemingly advocating for the death penalty for any potential terrorists, just-in-case.

#1193882 What's on your mind?

Posted by Nich... on 31 July 2017 - 03:50 PM

Having trouble with the socket from my pulled tooth - impressed that the dentist got me back in at little over an hour's notice.
Not impressed with the local Pharmacy - useless pack of incompetent morons.  They have more people onsite than the Coles up the road yet given a timeframe of 80 minutes typically manage to fuck up 70% of prescriptions I've ever given them.  This time, of 3 items they'd picked one.  About to sign it and query why the package is so small.
About time the chain supermarkets started integrated pharmacies - give that industry the kick up the arse it so sorely needs.

...so go to a different pharmacy?

#1193512 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Nich... on 20 July 2017 - 04:19 PM

So. Who thinks Malcy and Dutton will make a success of our Homeland Security ?

Dutton will make it a success.  I just think the rest of Australia won't like how that looks to Dutton.

#1193425 Doctor Who

Posted by Nich... on 17 July 2017 - 09:57 PM

I don't recall a bunch of people whining that the Master was now a Mistress*.  Oh no.  The logic that groundwork laid has come to fruition.  The sky is falling!  The show will never be good ever again!



*I'd like to consider it a sign of my friends that they didn't bitch about that, or, now, this.

#1193326 New car time (also, ow)

Posted by Nich... on 14 July 2017 - 12:54 PM

If you want a project car, find a little Charade and do an after-market turbo job ;p

#1193080 That time of year when new Mobile Phones come out.

Posted by Nich... on 04 July 2017 - 12:55 PM

A few weeks later, what do you recommend?
my Samsung Galaxy nexus is getting old (just looked, 5 years)
Need a new phone, solid and reliable,
big screen is a must
no need for all the bells and whistles

under $600

Late suggestion, but for cheap phones I like the Motorola range. I'm not up to speed on what is happening with the latest gen of E and G models, tho'.

#1192939 Opinions are like arseholes,

Posted by Nich... on 30 June 2017 - 03:04 PM

What I find weird are people who are so anti-science but unable to critically engage with it.

yeah, research and papers are tied to funding, so sometimes it looks sketchy as fuck if the company/group funding something produces research supporting their nominal view. But that doesn't mean the research is wrong. Peer review is compromised? OK, sure, so review it yourself. But GL learning the basics of research design and statistics to understand the framework enough, let alone the knowledge of the field in question.

Science is such a large field that we rely on specialists in each area. I think that's part of the problem these days. It's why you get people with no experience in running a business or being a baker telling TMFP how to do his job. I'm sure he might occasionally get a useful insight here or there, but most of the people who know enough to offer that want to get paid for it.

Science and engineering have come so far from even 20 years ago, let alone 50. People still think that because they feel they know something, in their guts, that it must of course be right. It's not surprising, tho'. Look at history, and how religious texts get used to justify whatever people want to do anyway.

For an extra layer of irony, I find some of the people who argue most against identity politics are themselves caught up in being unable to question their views - let alone admit they're wrong - because those views form their identities, and nothing seems to scare most people more than ego/identity dissolution/death.

I wonder how much all of this is fallout from media sources becoming less authoritative and bowing to demands of providing balance by picking polar opposites, rather than doing some research and finding experts in fields. We appeal to authorities, but now more than ever that authority is whoever agrees with us the most.

#1192208 What's on your mind?

Posted by Nich... on 05 June 2017 - 02:11 AM

Politicians have fucked the world up.
After the "Tower of Babel" fell the different peoples all gravitated to their own kind.
Fucking Politicians have thrown us all together again.

Why the heck has hat been highlighted ?

Because those 3 lines have big fat "[ color=#1d2129 ]" tags. You copy/pasted from somewhere that had them without realising, most likely. (I've done it too.)

Edit: Ok, who's been fucking around with the editor this time? Five attempts to get it to include a blank line after the quote, including three that have never been needed on this site before, and STILL don't fucking work! Put it back how it was, and leave shit alone unless it's broken.

Nah it's more fun to fuck with you.


Posted by Nich... on 26 May 2017 - 11:10 AM

Oh for sure it's spam.  But there's no link so I thought I'd let you all have some fun.

#1191598 Spam of late

Posted by Nich... on 15 May 2017 - 02:31 AM

Thanks for being patient with the recent influx of spam in the past couple of weeks.  I'm trying to keep a frequent eye on it to remove it, but sometimes I like to go and watch Guardians of the Galaxy or sleep.


We're looking into the best way to handle it without being too punitive to potential new users who might actually stumble upon this place and want to stay.


Posted by Nich... on 05 May 2017 - 11:39 PM

The forum uses a javascript rich text editing/reply field.  There have been issues with some browsers, eg some versions of IE.


As Rybags mentioned, the top left icon in the display fields disables this JS and dumps you back onto a legacy version that does plaintext.


Assuming this is the issue you're having, anyway.

#1189885 South Australia to install new batteries!

Posted by Nich... on 14 March 2017 - 07:45 PM

SA is going to save itself by using gas power?  Isn't, uh, the price on that going stupid?  In which case I don't know how they hope to bring costs down.

#1189767 So far so good...

Posted by Nich... on 10 March 2017 - 10:34 PM

Total sidebar, but back when I used to still occasionally swim competitively, I'd be able to get off one or two sprints before I had to retire for the rest of the day with a migraine and inability to walk properly.  If that's the level I should be pushing myself all the time if trying to better myself, then I'm even more put off* :D  Even HIIT by sprinting up and down a steep hill didn't wear me out physically and mentally as much as effectively doing HIIT in water.




*I don't really experience endorphin rushes or whatever else people do to enjoy exercise.  The only thing that keeps me doing it (or, more often than not, not doing it) is pure force of will.  It all gets pretty unpleasant pretty quickly, and is mostly just me trying to work out if I've done enough to stop yet.