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#1195099 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 19 August 2017 - 09:19 PM

the nationals have more foreign ministers than the liberal party

#1193556 Road Tolls

Posted by scruffy1 on 22 July 2017 - 10:40 AM

that old chesnut


why should i pay for anything i don't use ?  because other tax money will probably pay for things you use that other people won't


libertarians would posit we should all just pay for what we choose or need, which is a great argument if you are filthy rich and already possess more than you could use, but not so great for everyone else


i ride a motorbike, yet pay full tolls to cross the harbour bridge and use motorways (i don't often bother to do so), when my vehicle causes almost no wear and tear, and doesn't clog the traffic flow spewing more exhaust that is barely required, versus fugly huge black 4wd's with suburban mums coming back from illegally parking as they drop off the fruit of their loins at the local schools, which could carry 8 people, but generally have one driver and a few tonnes of burden for the task

#1193532 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 21 July 2017 - 11:45 AM

Water damage to iPhone = Apple tell you to go away if you want warranty


that happened to an early model ipod here (went through the wash)


sold it with full disclosure as "in very clean condition"

#1193196 Opinions are like arseholes,

Posted by scruffy1 on 08 July 2017 - 10:36 PM


you do the math



you do the math.




fuck you both


here in australia, you can both do the maths - even if there's only one of you, it's still maths




since when did, when the fuck did people decide to be homeys rather than locals


it's not like people don't give two fuck, is it - they give two fucks





fuck !





fuck  !!


(like that)

#1192986 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 01 July 2017 - 09:42 AM

yeah, mixed feelings about that


breast feeding in public should be acceptable as a sometimes necessity, and done discreetly for everyone's sake - especially the mum who doesn't need the added anxiety of people oggling; it should be as invisible as needing to adjust your cods, or other natural non-spectator sports



the organised mum might better express milk for someone to feed to her offspring if she is doing urgent and necessary work (that's a joke; she's in parliament), where the distraction for all is counter-productive


as for kindie : this letter today in smh makes a good point :

"Years ago a university professor told me that our pay for educators is 'arse' about. He said that kindergarten teachers and not university lecturers should be paid the most as they provide the basis for all learning that follows. He also added that he spends much of his time undoing poor student skills picked up in junior years."


kindergarten done right isn't a child parking facility; it's the formula one training scheme for intelligent curiosity

#1192974 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 01 July 2017 - 12:22 AM

 This week's story was about aged care scams.  As to childcare, I'd like to know just where the money's going given the enormous charges.


management (the owners, not the people doing the actual work)


compliance costs - accreditation, indemnity insurance, fire safety certificates, building code compliance, accredited toileting facilities, disposable gloves for every toilet attendance (if you want to pass o,h&s requirements) - you name it... like in medicine, there are swarms of parasitic industries that exist to monitor and report that people doing jobs that they have done forever are doing it well enough to satisfy bureaucrats that have likely never done it, or couldn't stand doing it so they set up an industry where they could pass judgement on people that either had to, or worse, actually chose to do it and enjoyed it, before it got top heavy with assessment and clipboard bullshit bingo checklists


so, supporting the myriad of bloodsuckers who demand their cut to allow the workers to earn their pittance whilst complying with ever increasing "standards" of which many are either contradictory or purely unnecessary


bosses have always complained that labour is too expensive, but most industries don't exist without them, and the workers need to eat and live somewhere too, which also costs money


quite apart from the fact that nearly all kindergarten teachers actually see it as a vocation - it's not just putting widgets in a sprocket, it's interacting with and creating social skills and a wonder for life in little humans, who will grow up to be big people


and whose parents care enough about to give to strangers every day and expect that they can pay minimum rates because it's more important for them to earn $ than to do that job for nothing themselves, but want others to do it for close to nothing even though those people didn't even breed the children they are responsible for attending


here's an idea : if you don't like the cost of child care... use contraceptives; if you have children and want them looked after for next to nothing, stay home


you'll be broke, but at least you'll get to know your kids at a really important time in their development

#1192602 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 19 June 2017 - 10:35 AM

like going to see good music at a dinner venue...

#1192580 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by scruffy1 on 18 June 2017 - 11:49 PM

once you go black, you never go back


i think that was referring to chocolate, but ymmv

#1192536 OBA "osama bin athlon"

Posted by scruffy1 on 17 June 2017 - 10:43 AM

amen for all our temporary companions who remain our permanent friends even if we never meet again


i love the way that some interactions are so memorable that you don't need to be with the other person to know exactly what their take on a given situation would be, and you can laugh on their behalf


that's a wonderful gift to be given



to these people, i often send my positive telepathy, and i am certain a lot of them are on the right wavelength to receive it... strikes me that when i "spontaneously" reminisce that it's most likely because they are doing the same to me at that point :)

#1192514 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by scruffy1 on 16 June 2017 - 12:04 PM

Blondies new album "Pollinator". Ordered from Amazon so it's automatically Auto-ripped. So that's another CD that never gets the wrapping taken off it !!


but at what quality ?


ever since i got into .flac files, mp3 just doesn't do it quite the same


and i can recommend "neutron" media player for android, which is the best $7 i ever spent

#1192236 Home Automation - Anyone in to this?

Posted by scruffy1 on 05 June 2017 - 07:17 PM

i'd like fuzzy logic switching, so i can tell a voice control things like :


"make the room a little warmer"


"turn down the lighting, and make it less blue"


it ain't here yet


however, in retrospect when i had dimmers fitted to lots of house lights, which are shite with led (strobing is horrible when you go low),i wish i'd left the 240v fittings and bought a case of these - https://www.banggood...-p-1039841.html


the max brightness could be better, but the range of  hues they can manage is quite good, and the dimming is excellent


compared to phillips version (extortion), they are the bargain of the century


occasionally they go bunta and you need to reboot with some bluetooth gymnastics, but by and large the one i have in the living room is sweet  :)

#1192006 Looking for some older RAM

Posted by scruffy1 on 28 May 2017 - 07:33 PM

in my mind, this is the definitive ebay song


#1191481 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 08 May 2017 - 11:40 AM

Marie le pen will not be president of france


no, but marine le pen might

#1191386 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 04 May 2017 - 11:41 PM

#1191021 Vivaldi browser

Posted by scruffy1 on 22 April 2017 - 08:04 PM

i use waterfox, but i also use a logitech mx revolution mouse, so the numerous tweaks available using setpoint allow me to do most of the shiz gestures would allow, and also use a bespoke set in t'bird for mail, for the same benefits


my most compelling "feature" is an adblocker, and chrome when it forst came out i found was too try-hard in the layout, which annoyed me


mouse buttons are way more convenient than gestures imho