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    Are we ready for war?

    Probably 5 years ago, I would have said it could not happen even though the power of the US/Europe was in decline and China was clearly growing and confident. Nationalism was somewhat fringe and it seemed that communication and information globalisation had largely overcome ideology. I know the pendulum swings and there are cycles of left vs right, but the long term trend has been progressive for generations (slavery, racism, sexism, sexuality, religion etc, are all better in most parts of the world now than they were 100 years ago). But something has happened in the last 5 years, that has allowed ideology to ignore logic and globally available information on both sides. evidence can be dismissed as fake news, and communities seem polarised. In 2010 I could not have expected a right wing government in any western country to simply state hate as fact - instead they needed to discuss, convince, manipulate and deceive in order to allow their populace to support some actions. now those actions are just taken and people told everybody supports this, the objections are fake. Consider 2001-2003 and the political effort expended for going into Iraq for the WMDs. Now considered by most as dodgy intel, but the diplomatic efforts though UN etc, to justify that action took a long time, built on previous conflict that the US considered unresolved from the 90s. During the same decade, 2001-2010 Australia's Immigration policy - Only 5 years after Pauline Hanson was ridiculed for her maiden speech,, and her position though inconceivable to the majority, 2001-2010 demonstrated a transition to make her position basically government policy and the majority accepted it, it flows one way, then ebs back with objections from others. But in 2019, you don't worry about dragging public opinion along for the ride, you have your team, and on ideological grounds (even if you're not sure what the foundations of that ideology are) you yell something out, and declare everything that conflicts with it false.... Russia didn't have anything to do with US elections! Everyone in the UK wants to stay in the EU! Everyone wants drug dealers in the Philippines shot! Only a few old christian fogies are holding us back from gay marriage! The fuckers will probably drag us all to war if it means they can make a buck or stay in power - AND these days they won't even give us the courtesy of calling it rain when they piss on our graves. But I plan to be optimistic, because I'd rather view the world through a positive attitude, and make my bit of it nicer thanks
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    The most special people

    Those are some truly deserving Heroes and Superheroes! As for my upgrade, totally unexpected, and possibly the first time anyone has accused me of being able to say anything in so few words. but... if limited to 6: 'Thanks Ben, everyone and especially Mods'
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    I bought one of the early Sonic Impact super T amps (basically the budget version repackaged in an aluminium case). It was bought to drive an ancient set of bookshelf speakers hooked up to my keyboard, but one day I tried it in the HT system with the DC-Xs , and was very impressed with what $100 could deliver. 5-8 W was quite enough for most music - although I expect big movies would be wanting.
  4. Why must there be guilt? Why must there be blame apportioned? The lawyers have want you to focus on that so they can apportion payment of costs, rather than society accepting a tragedy and working to avoid it. Call it an act of god, or for those of us who are atheists, perhaps we can feel more at ease with a 'statistical anomaly' Risk management - understanding, assessing, planning and mitigating reduce the chances. There are a bunch of technologies and ethics people who believe that self driving cars will legally require a certification framework. If it's certified, no-one is to blame, and insurance companies have to accept that. Personally, I don't think they have thought throught the commertcial realities of that. People won't pay for the engineering rigor required for every car to be certified to those standards. On averages, I trust computers to drive cars much more than people. Under correct operating circumstances* they never get tired, distracted, drunk/drugged etc, and they have a good reaction time. They will still came across unpredictable configurations and potentially fail to act correctly resulting a a fatality, but I believe the road toll would be at least an order of magnitude lower, and the general productivity of society improved, so it's a net gain. *'correct operating circumstances' is the issue: software/systems that is hacked/cracked, willingly modded, malware etc. Lets face it, we barely can avoid the internet going to hell in a handbasket when it comes to cyber security. I don't trust the car industry to build a secure computing stack. And to be viable they would be locking the car computers and systems down to a level that would make Apple hardware and IOS look like open source nirvana. Build, supply, maintenance of cars, would end up similar to aircraft systems. Expect very slow changes, stifled innovation and excessive costs for all variants, and maintenance costs from licenced service personnel for regular alignment/calibration and safety checks - lets face it, we can't even use an extension lead these days without an electrician tagging it every year. Imaging the requirements for the radars and camera systems to be fitted to a car. It will only work when personal/individual transport is a service - You don't own the car, a company manages a fleet of self-driving ubers or equivalent. and every car is guaranteed to be tested, calibrated, and recertified. The the insurance companies and lawyers will find a way to work. Under that self-driving utopia motoring enthusiasts who want to drive their car will be limited to tracks. And then it all collapses when you realise that people still need to drive cars in country areas, off road, etc, and the model falls over. You can't practically implement both configurations with 80% automated, 20% human driven and expect to get 80% of the gains. And model would depend on achieving all of the gains to justify almost any of the effort. It needs the death of motoring as a hobby. That's 2-3 generations from now with riding in ubers with transport considered a service. Eliminating the joy of driving and replacing it with a utilitarian requirement, at which point you might be able to get to 99$ automated driving and achieve the goals. More-likely in that time (100 years) that you would eliminate personal transport by larger society changes. Lets face it we have only had cars being ubiquitious for 3-4 generations (<100 years) (wow that ended up being a long stream of conciousness)
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Lost 2 drives out of about 40 in 25 odd years. One was part of a RAID5 array, so no concern there, the other was an 2.5" external USB drive that after about 4-5 years started struggling to read content. I think I lost a few worthless files - videos or music. After running RAID1 for a few years, then RAID5 for a decade the last PC was built without them. These days my total storage requirements are <5TB - While I have about 6-7 computers for different purposes, most of them don't really hold any data of value. Dropbox, and a budget NAS mean that the <1GB of documents and files that are important are easily managed. Extra copies on the NAS and an offsite USB HDD keep the photo collections from special events that do take up about 1TB, that I would prefer not to lose - but that's a post-event sync that's easy to cover off. The rest is able to be reaquired - I don't have any torrent collections to get precious about.- just a ripped CD collection, and some OS & apps to be installed. Yeah, it would take time and be annoying - but that MIGHT happen, where as stressing about data backup. As for my latest RL purchase... Decided to get into console gaming, so with the BF/CM sales: PS4 PRO, Playstation Plus, Spiderman Game, Destiny 2 pack, G29 steering wheel. Also some network gear. An extra network switch (so I can trunk VLANs from the rack to the office - The network now has 5 switches in total), and a GPS so I can run serial/1PPS NTP directly on my gateway and retire the separate Raspberry Pi Stratum 1 NTP server.
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    Did something just happen?

    Hi Doctor Nick Ben! Good to see you post again, and nice to hear the news that the forums will continue. It would be awesome if Atomic found a way to live again as some tech media product it the match is right. But should it stay just the forums, I still appreciate it as something a bit different from other online places.
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    Super to pay for our roads ?...

    Infrastructure investment - as in building roads/rail and then leasing/renting them back to government or users (tolls) in a public/private partnership is will understood. But its also a long game - like most GOOD ethical investing -rather than speculators jumping in and hoping for a capital gain and a get rich quick at other people's expense, this is the national scale equivalent of a mortgage. Never likely to be a stellar return in any given year , but a solid stable return over a long duration. That can make it a good match for superannuation - that's not an investment that people are cashing in next week - investing for a decade or more is viable when saving for your retirement. There's a balancing act though - super funds exist to maximise return for their investors -especially if the person has elected for a high growth/aggressive strategy. But it's probably a better outcome for those people who have relied on cash & govt bonds for their stable return to be pooled into a fund investing in infrastructure. My only other concern, would be imagine the chaos of the share market if all the big institutional investors leave it to just the day traders, hedge funds and brokers to speculate fast cycle on. Those companies boards & CEOs that can temper their stock price obsession now would be hard pressed when every invester is a shark. I guess that means they would end up just like politicians in a 24 hour news cycled with social media -they'll be bouncing around achieving SFA while generating lots of headlines.
  8. It wouldn't stop me going there if the food was ok. I also think the issue is overblown, and the pollies need to pull their neck in a bit. If business has been going down hill since someone drew attaention to the name on social media, then those customers really need to take a look at themselves - a shop they obviously liked and were happy to buy from, they sheepishly started ignoring because it was suddenly 'controversial' - A few might have not realised, and now decided they had a problem with it, but to make a difference, I'd expect there's a bunch of spineless sheep. But I still stand my my position that the name while poor form, but generally inoffensive - doesn't do anything to address domestic violence or even progress the discussion of domestic violence, so a questionable business decision. Back to the Avocado Discussion: I'm also in the 'definitely overrated' camp, Don't mind, in moderation, it in some situations and it's rarely worth the cost these days.
  9. But that's just it - it is a pun, and a pun is a pretty cheap/trivialising form of humour (and I love puns) Good business, and even good attempts to change the world rely on good communications. And good communications needs recognition that your words will not always be interpreted in the best light, or your personal way. You can't act in a self deprecating/dismissive manner then get disappointed that people play along, instead of divining your play on words is not intended to be light-hearted but have some deeper meaning. If it was in the context of a discussion on domestic violence, you can have a reasonable expectation of deeper analysis. When you put it out there in the context of naming a fish & chip shop, it's unrealistic to expect it is given critical thinking. It's part of the whole problem with Political Correctness. PC isn't a bad thing, but expectation that it must be constantly, and relentlessly applied/enforced/measured is focussing on a symptom not the cause, treating symptoms while it can feel good, doesn't in the long run correct the problem. I'm not offended by the name of the shop, I do feel it trivialises the issue, and I think in terms of effective action, it's an own goal. Any minimal awareness campaign gain potentially is less than the negative consequences of saturating the topic in an irrelevant context - risking a lat of audience to shut down - That has a real likelihood of diminishing the response that is appropriate when the topic should be discussed on its own merits. Some might say that is over analysing it - but by the same token - the proposal that the naming is important and needs to be explained means the store owner opened the door to deep analysis being a viable response, even if uncommon. A demonstration of where this has failed in the original owners intent, is we are not discussing how bad DV is - we are discussing the right to trivialise DV experiences or more accurately the right to publicly declare in any context one's DV experiences.
  10. While I agree with TMFP that it's probably bad idea commercially to use a name that needs explaining - it's not passing off/misrepresentation because it is clearly satirical so I can't see any reason for legal objection/blocking by the government organisations. On a community values issue, it can be an issue if the community feels it trivialises violence. While the owner might be ok with it, I would have expected them to have some empathy with others. The whole "Shining a light" argument is valid when you do so in a context/forum for serious discussion and intent to generate action or change views. Not a fan of it in this case. TLDR: IMO Legal, but poor form.
  11. Seems good - I didn't even realise I had left an atomic tab open in the background for several hours this morning. For the last month or so, Atomic browsing was limited to under a few minutes (and definitely not leaving it open in the background) - Any attempt to have the browser tab open for more than 30 seconds resulted in the fan running flat out, and battery life being poor.
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    What's on your mind?

    Don't under estimate the number of 60+ middle class suburban women, and the ease of buying a subscription for a mother's day gift And to be fair, with the 3-4 different titles, all for the same market getting passed around the circles of friends, they probably have more repeat readers of a publication per subscription than almost any other print media - so the advertising success might be better than you think.
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    Very unwell family

    Rough set of conditions there. Hope things work out ok. Yell out if you need help with anything - or just need a distraction for a bit.
  14. I'm with Chaos on this. When I first looked at that syllabus, I saw the date is 2003 and thought, this is guaranteed to be shit. But when you read it from the perspective of learning outcomes (I'm not a qualified trainer, but I have produced enough training packs to comprehend the value of understanding the LOs) it's not so bad. A little dated, hard to make compelling.exciting, but if you focus on the LOs rather than the 'Abouts' the syllabus is a reasonable framework. So you don't need to spend an eternity covering appletalk and IPX/SPX, but they need to know they existed in a timeline/evolution of networking technologies, reached their limits (for commercial or technical reasons) and got passed by. The fundamental architectures of networks, the building blocks - why is a switch better than a hub? why is a hub better than a switch? routing vs bridging etc. All good to know. Duplex/simplex modes, and it's always a good thing if there is 1 less person in the world who can't differentiate baud rate from bit rate - dialup modems might be dead, but radio codecs are not, nor is quantum computing. As for a project, I'd be tempted for build networks using different technolgies/architectures measure and assess - make it relevant, because the performance can be ping times/latency for gaming, or data transfer rates for streaming videos. Understand protocols - then transcode streaming music/video and examine the bandwidth.
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    Smallest, most direction antenna

    Really not sure what that would do - That is a question for people with more brains than me.
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