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stadl last won the day on July 12 2019

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  1. stadl

    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Yeah, all will be fine in a few months. Torn meniscus that locked the knee bent at about 90 degrees. Surgeon reckons my knee is in great condition and will make full recovery.
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    I've had private health insurance for 25 years, and other than glasses and dental, never used it until the day before elective surgery got cancelled Urgent arthroscopy last Friday after injuring my knee Thursday night. Called at 8:30am, appointement with sports doctor at 10am, immediately led to X-ray at 10:30am, back to doctor at 10:45, across to hospital and Orthapedic Surgeon at 10:50, Anesthetist at 11am , Rolled into Operating theatre at 11:30am, - woke up recovery at 13:05, listening to many of the hospital staff running around packing stuff up and talking about how they were being stood down after 5pm - which was about when I walked out of the place. Huge respect for people working so efficiently under stressful conditions, and many of them about to be out of work at the end of their shift.
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Good news to supplement the need - but SA is currently using 600 tests a day - but of an oldies state, but with a small population, it would be logical to scale to around 10k-15k per day nation wide, so 100,000 tests is about a week supply.
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    But if they closed a school the casual teacher would still not get paid. So no real financial difference for a casual teacher if they self isolate for personal medical reasons.
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    The latest ... " Tradwives "

    A family is a micro economy. You need to complete work around the home, and procure assets and consumable resources. Domestic work saves money by either performing your own work, partially/fully manufacturing, and reducing procurement costs. Exporting your labour creates money that allows you to import work and materials. Some economies are heavily dependent on large scale export and import (multiple income, and use childcare and hire tradies for everything), others have a strong domestic capacity, and use less imports/exports (the off grid option). They suit different personalities, whatever floats your goat as a team, not for me to judge. Once it moves away from a team effort with mutually agreed roles, into something less equal, I'm worried about fair consent, and the person in a subservient position being fully aware of what they are consenting to. The critical element is equal share in the joint economy, so that should it need to be dissolved, each party can go their own way and start again fairly - noting that it is still difficult to switch systems. you need to have the economic freedom to permit either party to leave one family unit and fulfill a similar role in a new family unit, so you maintain self determination. A home maker with no formal training has chosen a path that most likely excludes transition to a high income career. In the same way that a high income white collar bread winner probably will be ill-equipped to transition to an efficient homemaker role. Assuming everyone has freedom to change their role completely is a fallacy.
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Not the first time to have a former pollie - Andrew Peacock (former Lib leader) was President of Boeing Australia in the past. Several parts to the company in Australia. The commercial stuff with Qantas etc is run pretty separately from the Defence/Military gear, as it reaches back to different divisions of the US parent. Boeing Defence Australia do the defence systems work, including military platforms. BDA is one of the 6-7 major defence prime* contractors in Australia that generally lead the large air/land/sea projects. BDA is mostly air and some land (at least until ADF tag everything as 'Joint'). The big primes have not historically always been the biggest contractors. ADF pushes a lot of money through domestic services and asset management organisations. The buildings, maintenance, cooking, cleaning, security guards etc all costs a fair chunk of cash same as any large government department. It's only the last few years of recapitalisation of the military with lots of new platforms that the the primes have moved up the $s leader boards again.
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    Annual Leave. When and where.

    I work in an engineering industry where projects/contracts run between a few months and many years. Leave options for 1-2 weeks are usually easy to fit in between milestones, or just rely on the team doing fine without you there for a couple of weeks. Big leave options happen when a project ends, the next project is delayed, or doesn't start immediately after the last - and you have enough warning to sort out a decent holiday. In the past I have taken holiday leave for 7 weeks and 14 weeks at a time - each of those was at the end of being full time on a major project that was 2-5 years. These days in a more senior role, I am across multiple projects that overlap and never a full down time, so there is never those sorts of easy gaps, so I make long weekends and occasionally try and work in a 1-2 week break, if you can find that between the critical parts of 4-5 different projects. The company has a forced shutdown for 2 weeks over Christmas-NY and for the last few years I have been able to take that without needing to work through part of it. Not a great time for travel holidays, but it gets stuff done around the house, and is stress free. IMO 2 weeks is too short for a holiday that involves serious travel - the % of time and $s spent travelling to get there and back, and I don't do holidays where i head somewhere I have been before and sit by the pool for 10 days relaxing. Also it takes nearly 2 weeks away to stop waking up thinking 'how great is it i don't have to go to work today', only then do you really get into holiday mode and dive into the experience.
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    Let the Fire works Begin !!

    I don't really get the 'its insensitive' argument that some people have. That's people being offended on behalf of others, and they were probably people who were already anti-fireworks because of pets, public spending or whatever their personal reason for always being a killjoy, they just feel that it's a chance to try and get people onboard by linking their pet hate to a current tragedy. The cash was spent months ago and the event has been booked and planned. cancel it now, and that is wasted, and some people's lose work and income dependent on it going ahead (food stalls, security workers etc) If the area has a fire ban on the day, then by all means, cancel it as a safety concern, but to assume that because some people are having a bad time, everyone must be deprived, is poor form.
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    Trump: The third POTUS ever to be Impeached

    Hardly a given. Next comes the 'trial' requiring a 2/3 majority to convict - A trial with 100 jurors that are partisan elected politicians, and 53% are from the same party as Trump. He isn't going any where in a hurry, and if the biased court acquits him, he'll possibly strengthen his base voters turnout next year.
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    Go Greta, go !!

    I think that is the important thing, and I hope it works. I know it needs to be done, I procrastinate, and wish it could be solved some other way, but I really know that just like paying taxes, saving money, checkups with the doctor/dentist, and being sun smart - Things need to be done, they will hurt or be a PITA - but it's for my own good. My lifestyle will suffer - in ways that compared to the consequences of no action are quite a fair trade - in order to accomplish important things not just for the greater good, but for my good as well in the long term.
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    Mobile phones and drivers

    Will try and find an interesting article from about a month ago. (Was in the local dead tree edition, so might be hard to find) Someone did a study of a bunch of injury/fatality accidents from the last year or two where 'distraction' was a significant factor, and out of about 50 accidents 4 were mobile phone related, and only 1 was related to someone illegally using their phone/texting, the other 3 were legally using hands free. Distracted by kids in the back seat were about double the phone related total. Arguing with the front seat passenger, personal grooming, reading maps, changing the radio* were all in the 3-5 category Daydreaming/thinking about work/whatever made for a crappy day was about half the cause. The study indicated that phones were not that different to many other distractions - so it seems the persecution of it is out of whack with the impact it causes (although we all seem to have stories about near misses or minor accidents caused by someone) However while some things (like emotional distraction and people) are difficult to address, phone handling is pretty easy, so I don't really have a problem with applying pressure to the things that can be practically policed - far better than wasting effort on creating unenforcable laws. * 'Infotainment systems' in modern cars are shite for ergonomics of use while driving compared to care sound systems of old. Touch screens with nil haptic feedback or points of references require your eyes to leave the road and focus on soft buttons and dynamic displays are poor. Voice recognition and steering wheel controls help a lot, but they only cover 80% of interactions - for the rest, it's pretty dangerous to consider operating the infotainment system while the car is in motion.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    If you have content on SACD in particular which uses a 1 bit 1.5MHz DSD encoding that needs a special DAC. The good SACD players will have that DAC while the receivers, external DACS and cheaper players converted to PCM before playing back through a lower sample rate 16/24/32bit DAC (10-15 years ago, that process may have noticeably changed the content - these days, the conversion and PCM DACs sound fine) While DSD format can be passed across HDMI between the player and receiver, many receivers lack the software/hardware to decode the DSD content so that would be a case for needing the analogue inputs. Thankfully my receiver can decode the formats through HDMI so all is good While SACD is a virtually a dead format for new content, I have a few old favourites - Yes I have Floyd's DSOTM but a particular favourite, is a recording of Bach recorded in a German cathedral that has 4 networked pipe organs - recorded in 4.0 as one organ per channel (they even give you the cathedral floor plan in case you want to rearrange your speakers)
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Never had a HTPC, never will. I have been using computers daily for over 35 years (25 years as a professional engineer) still use computers for some of my hobbies. Music and movies need appliances and no software updates, patches, security concerns, any device that won't let me enjoy media without first applying updates is an anaethema I do have an nvidia shield for netflix youtube etc and barely tolerate that it wants to update every few months (but nearly ditched it in the first week when it wanted to download updates twice) I know I sound like a grumpy bastard, but I have grown to a love-hate relationship with tech. I could happily live in a remote shed and spend my days building things with my hands - provided there was 100M+ fibre-to-the-shed and a Hifi/HT system with a big-arse screen #retirementplans.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    For the work/headphones use case, I'm not willing to commit any more money, even if I know it will sound better. In the HT environment... the quality improvement would be nice, but I'm not ripping all the content, so it will still be coming off optical media (SACD/DVD-A/BD/CD). A DAC would also only be usable for stereo, and quite a bit of my favourite audio content is 4.0/5.0/5.1. and my new receiver doesn't have 5.1 analogue inputs only stereo. Previously I had a pre-HDMI NAD receiver and used the DACs built into the Oppo BDP95. Last year the NAD died and was unable to be repaired soI got an Anthem MRX520 While it added lots of features (HD formats, ARC, better bass management), it's one limitation for me was no 5.1 analogue input and I was worried the internal DACS would not compete with the older but very nice DACs '95 - but whatever they are (Anthem doesn't state a part only 'Premium 32 bit 768kHz') deliver a beautiful sound. If I decide to start streaming and/or digital storage play back (other than in the car), my plan would have been HDMI to the HT Rx, but your post has made me think that a USB DAC could be an alternative option - however no plans at this stage to remove optical media.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    PC based audio is not really a thing for me any more. These days it's convenient background buzz to cover the airconditioner at work etc. It's about as lo-fi as car hi-fi and the tunes are more important than the quality when it's just about distraction. I mostly listen to audio from optical media, and use either the player DACs (for the headphones at work) or the receiver DACs (for the Music/HT system at home)