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Comment: Re:Remember that remote substation that was attack (Score 1) 168 168

If you want to do it properly, make cuts in the fiber and multiple breaks or blocks in the conduits. It's one thing to repair a break, another to pull a new section of fiber, but if you have to dig up and replace conduits the job just got a whole lot bigger. Do it out in the bush and you disconnect whole cities or states.

Comment: A little green rozetta (Score 1) 260 260

As you can see, MUSIC can get you pretty fucked up...

Now you see, some places in the Third World it might be difficult to dance to this because
the kerosene record player is not a very efficient device.. .And a lot of times they run out of,
they run out of spunk right in the middle of the chorus...

We suggest that in places like the Fourth World where things are really tough that you
keep the record player going by rubbing two sticks together. And if all else fails, throw
the record away...

They're pretty good musicians
But it don't make no difference
If they're good musicians
Because anybody who would buy this record
Doesn't give a fuck if there's good musicians
On it
Because this is a stupid song

thanks to F.Z.

Comment: not paying me (Score 1) 281 281

Our power company is paying only 6c/kwh. It's not worth it to charge up someone elses fecking electric car.
A smart grid isn't required, it's happening anyway with a dumb network.
More panels in a local LV network gives a better proportion of solar going into all your neighbours.
Governments are only taking care of rich pricks.
It's up to people to lead the way, it's helping your neighbours, it's a community thing.
Think globally, act locally.
I'm getting some NiFe batteries.

Comment: coffee shout (Score 1) 261 261

We used to take it in turns making coffee for everyone.
Pick up the tray, go around pick up everyone's cups, list of preferences in the tea room, return with coffees and cookies.
You get to know everyone, have a quick chat, stay wired all day, get away from the screen, move around.
But the main thing is keeping up the communications.

Comment: Re: parcel data that definitively unreliable (Score 2) 117 117

Every day I go to different locations for work on major and minor roads. I look up Google most nights and apart from recent development work everything is right where it should be. Including boundaries, power poles, storm drain access covers, pits, substations, railings, pram ramps, gutters, condition and width of shoulders. I can even look up power poles and get an idea of fittings and condition. Too bad for you Boo Boo, it's bloody great for me.

Comment: natural paralysis (Score 1) 81 81

Ripping out a couple of fibre optic cables has the same effect, as happened with severe storms in Australia.
I'm sure one disenfranchised pleb could easily create the same mayhem, US corporations have the most to loose.
And if a few plebs got organised ???
The rest of the world is laughing at the NSA.

Comment: WW I & II (Score 1) 154 154

I'd put it down to world wars I & II which caused a massive acceleration in development of all types including land and air transport, computers, electronics, nuclear.
The nuclear bomb coincided with jet flight, the transistor was 2 years later.
And much of this development started with the industrial revolution in the 1800s.
It was also a time when women were prominent in industry and the war effort, suffraget late 1800s to women's liberation 1960s effectively doubled the working population and changed society.
Nuclear is an event which wasn't causal but only a useful marker.
It's just another fuck-up by the industrial age but I'd feel the petrochemical/plastics industry has had a much more pivotal and destructive effect than nuclear.

Comment: VLAD (Score 3, Informative) 316 316

I'm in Queensland Australia. We have the VLAD laws
A biker used to live around the corner from us.
His home and everything has been taken as proceeds of crime, it is now a construction zone ? fenced off, no entry.
He's probably in gaol.
And that's just for being a biker.
All so the conservative state government can be seen to be hard on crime.

Comment: Are you taking the piss out of me ?? (Score 1) 245 245

We drink filtered rain water from our tank, beautiful.
After drinking some really bad water from various water treatment plants in cities and towns around Australia, can't go past rain water.
There are a few water recycling plants in SE Queensland, but generally for non-drinking purposes.
All my life I've known water is the most important ingredient for life.
I thought Bill was a straight, never picked him for watersports (urophilia)

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban