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Comment: Re:Manufacturers (Score 4, Interesting) 437

by sr180 (#48763697) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

I bought my Nexus4 specifically as it is NOT tied to a carrier.

So did many others, and it doesnt matter. As Telstra Australia users have found, if you have their sim in the phone, Telstra restricts the updates - even though the phone wasnt bought through Telstra. Want the update? Simple drop another carrier's sim in the phone (who isnt restricting it - ie any other Australian carrier), and the update is instantly available. Update - return back to your Telstra sim. (I believe Telstra has started rolling out the update recently however.)

Comment: Re:Scarebus! (Score 1) 65

by sr180 (#48687019) Attached to: First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January

Now, granted, that's rotary-wing, and it's another division, but... trust me on this, guys, the electrical system was seriously lacking. Cartridge fuses, for one. Say the hydraulics go out. You have to unscrew the fuse holder, find a replacement on this little holder in the footwell (there's one on either side, a bit lower than the knee), make sure it's the right one, and screw it back in. God help you if it's a real emergency and you don't have time to do all that.

It still makes sense. In an AS350, and hydraulics fails in a single pilot situation (almost all of them except for training given the aircraft), you don't have the time or the available hands to do any diagnosis. You'll be hands full on the controls, landing and diagnosing on the ground. Their engineering decisions were based to match the aircraft and the operations at the time. Its a reasonably old airframe now but still more capable than anything their opposition offer.

Furthermore, its not a real AS350 unless you have the original French engine and the pleasures of having to deal with Turbomeca.

Comment: Re:It's difficult but (Score 4, Informative) 222

by sr180 (#48605323) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Some people think reducing CO2 emissions will somehow make the world cleaner, but it won't. If not for AGW, there's no real urgency to reduce CO2 emissions, it's not a pollutant.

Except for Ocean Acidification. We are already starting to hit the turning point where hard shelled marine creatures are unable to form their shells because of acidification. Visible effects are starting to be seen in the Antarctic - pteropods are now starting to become unviable due to the cold water amplifying the effects of acidification. These little snails are a key food source in the ecosystem, if their population collapses, it will wreck untold damage on the marine ecosystem.

So yes, there still is an urgency to reduce CO2 emissions, and yes, it is a pollutant.

Comment: Re:Other prisons are the same (Score 1) 142

by sr180 (#48331907) Attached to: Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

Please stop being unreasonable. I do not believe the lies that you are telling. Pissed can mean angry, drunk, annoyed etc. You sound more like an Englishman.

I am Australian, because last weekend I had an outdoor grill, where I remembered to bring the insect repellent. Mosquitos are an issue for most parts of Australia in summer.

If you do not understand what I am saying, then I place a nasty curse on you. (Your chickens turn into large Australians birds (like ostriches) and kick down your outside toilet.)

Comment: Re: What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 3, Informative) 242

by sr180 (#48017293) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Some Comedians (The Chasers) in Australia booked and checked in online for a flight using the names Mr Terry Wrist and Mr Al Queda. When they didnt show for their flights, the calls across the terminal were pretty comical.

Comment: costs (Score 4, Informative) 169

by sr180 (#47981281) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

Thanks to our privatized system we generally pay up to 30 cents per kwh. 50 per cent of that goes to network charges and a significant amount towards wholesale and retail profits.
Wind has been bringing down the wholesale price significantly - to the point that the coal industry has seriously kicked their political machines into gear to get renewables stomped on.

Comment: Re: News for nerds (Score 1) 165

by sr180 (#47941107) Attached to: Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

800 hundred coppers involved in an operation that arrested one person for a phone call made months ago - and found one more with an unlicensed weapon.

If they weren't trying to prop up a government failing in the polls and gain their own extra powers - they could have done this with two coppers and not sensationalised the issue.

Seriously - the new laws due to be voted next week give asio the power to torture with impunity. Obviously they were jealous of the cia.

Comment: Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Production (Score 5, Interesting) 364

by sr180 (#47734403) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

I am a big fan of the show, but Ive stopped watching it because of the modern style of production - geared to those who have ADHD.
Modern shows now lead the viewers into the direction of the show... So, you have a few minutes of introduction, then a quick preview of whats coming up, then an ad break. Then after the ad break, they show you what you saw earlier, a quick little update, and then another flash forward to what you'll see coming up. Repeat repeat repeat.
With ads, it drives me mad. Without ads, its even worse. 10 minutes of real content gets padded out to a full 45 minute episode. So Ive quit watching - which is a pity, because the small bits of content embedded in the forward flashes and back flashes is usually quite good.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine