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Comment Has it's potential uses (Score 1) 322 322

At ~$700 for a brand new piece of plastic for my Nissan Patrol/Safari electric mirror (OEM price) to stop it shaking around, I figure I can pay for it pretty quickly in savings. For those connectors on your older car which can only be gotten from the original manufacturer, a bit of time mucking around with a 3d CAD system could save a car restorer a fortune.

Comment Re:suit (Score 1) 67 67

Sorry to disappoint you, we actually use single piece cotton overalls treated with flame retardent or a two piece trousers and top set (with fetching red braces) made of cotton treated with flame retardent. They are quite effective but I still wear a pair of jeans and a cotton shirt underneath as it improves the heat insulation. I also tend to try and get onto night shift so I can fight the actual fire as it is quite often too dicey during the day to do any direct attack. I have been know to wear a woolen jumper and singlet as well. This is after freezing one night at a fire where the temperature dropped to minus 1 celcius in the higher mountains.

Comment Re:Move Abroad... Teaching is still a respected jo (Score 1) 416 416

Considering there are a lot of vacancies for teachers with Math backgrounds in Australian schools it may be an option for his missus and himself to consider. The administration BS is still fairly high in any teaching system as parents believe that if their little darlings are not the top of the class it must be the parents fault and you get all the PC garbage everywhere now. I hate the fact that if little johnny breaks his arm in the playgrounds it's almost as if the world has stopped turning. So many games and activities have been banned due to fear of lawyers.

Comment Free Trade and the reduction of Tarriffs (Score 1) 565 565

In Australia we have free trade agreements with China, Thailand etc etc. The net effect has been Chinese and Thai companies buying our companies up. Closing them down. Shipping the machinery across to their country and restarting the manufacturing there and then sending the finished products back to Australia. As a result we have stuff all low paid jobs left in the major cities where the youth have nowhere to get basic work skills except as waiters and waitresses at the restaurants the execs dine in. In the meantime to make our economy work we dig up iron ore and ship it overseas in it's raw state to be turned into steel. We also dig up the coal to ship overseas to turn that iron ore into steel. We convert gas into liquid to ship overseas to power the factories which send us the goods made with our old machinery. The ships that run overseas in some cases used to be Australian ships which we sold overseas to be reflagged in Panama etc to ship the same goods with foreign crews and less stringent safety.Because we have no pathways for the younger generations to learn trades we instead import people (many of them from those same foreign countries) to do the work on our mines in the semi-skilled and skilled areas. Occasionally we allow areas of our country (Gorgon gas fields) to be classed as 'offshore' so that the companies doing the work there don't have to employ Australian residents/visa holders or even pay Australian wages. You could probably point to many examples in England, Ireland, Europe etc etc. Any so called industrialised nation is in the process of busily de-industrialising at the behest of some sort of theoretical belief by bunches of economists who have never lived in the real world. Free Trade does not exists except in the deluded depths of economists minds and as such what countries should be looking at is how best to maximise trade while minimising the HARM it does to their own people.
Earth

1,400 Megapixel Pan-STARRS Telescope Comes Online 54 54

ElectricSteve writes "Astronomers in Hawaii have announced they've successfully managed to boot up the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) telescope. Working from dusk to dawn every night, Pan-STARRS is able to map one-sixth of the sky each month, allowing astronomers to track all moving objects, calculate their orbits, and identify any potential threats to Earth. There are four Pan-STARRS cameras in total, each capable of capturing around 1.4 billion pixels over a sensor measuring 40 centimeters square. The focal plane of each camera contains an almost complete 64x64 array of CCD devices, each containing approximately 600x600 pixels, for a total resolution of 1.4 gigapixels."
Cellphones

Nokia Trades Symbian For MeeGo In N-Series Smartphones 184 184

An anonymous reader writes "Nokia announced that moving forward, MeeGo would be the default operating system in the N series of smartphones (original Reuters report). Symbian will still be used in low-end devices from Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson. The move to MeeGo is a demonstration of support for the open source mobile OS, but considering the handset user experience hasn't been rolled out and likely won't be rolled out in time for its vague June deadline outlined at MeeGo.com, could the decision be premature?"

Comment Re:Beneficial to Be Difficult (Score 1) 613 613

The complexity got reintroduced due to more laws and special purpose deductions. They started appearing in the legislation in about 1996 and kept appearing more an more each election thereafter. Interesting enough as a result of the review into the Taxation system it is likely (unless Big Business lobbies it out of existence) to follow the Scandinavian route of pre-filled simple returns AND simplify the system somewhat by removing some deductions. How many deductions get removed will depend on the previously mentioned Big Business lobby groups. It is seriously not in their interest to advocate the lessening of deductions as thats how they avoid paying the tax they should in the first place. Personally I would not shed a tear to see negative gearing disappear as well as FBT exemptions for motor vehicles and the CGT discount among other bits of the tax system that distort the system.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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