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Comment It's April 1st here! or is it... ?!?! (Score 2) 336

Well it's ticked over April 1st in Australia, but there's a few hours to go in the US. So while it's probably not an April's fool joke, it would be very clever and ironic to have a story about a hoax that poked fun at a marginal group, that turned out to be a "joke's on you" non-hoax. It would be the pinnacle of double-negative April Fool's jokes spawning a new genre of April Fool's jokes. I love the complexity and humour and mind-bending second-guesses, but unfortunately I think I've just convinced myself that the ./ mods would *never* be able to concieve such a devious plot. oh well!

Comment Re:You keep using that word. (Score 3, Insightful) 274

um.. ok, after reading the "My phone would be nearly useless unhacked." post following mine, I think there's more to the unlocked/locked ambiguity than I thought.
Maybe the next poll should be:
I thought the previous poll was about..
.. my keypad!
.. my phone carrier!
.. my phone's OS!
.. my SIM PIN!
.. my SD card write-protect switch!
.. my Bluetooth Enable setting!
.. Cowboy Neal only rings me on Wednesday's at 8pm after which I incinerate the phone, and buy a new one the next Wednesday.

Comment You keep using that word. (Score 5, Insightful) 274

I do not think it means what you think it means!

82.474% of the confusion here is due to the ambiguity of "locked" and "unlocked" - does it mean the keypad is (un)locked, or the phone is (not) locked to a certain carrier company?
The results here might even be more meaningless than normal! wow!

Comment Re:Wankers! (Score 1) 82

Yep.. totally Agree. Why complain about accidently watching some humour that wastes your time, when you chose to waste the time coming to a news site?

Maybe whining would be sensible if you only had 5 minutes each day to read news, and you had a medical condition called chronic-hyper-inverse-news-allergy.
I think not!

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 717

We (Aussies) call that tailgating, and you'll get fined for it just as much as speeding.

(Interesting side note, I recently learnt that the US uses "tailgating" to refer to something not really related at all, except that vehicles are involved in both.)

Comment Re:Hmm...tough to figure.... (Score 1, Informative) 576

I think its implied by the poll question that you are measuring occupied shelf length. Regardless of how anyone of us stacks our shelves, the poll will be assuming that you have them standing up so the spine is vertical.

of course, in Australia all our books have the spine facing the back of bookshelf due to the coriolis effect. :)

Comment In Australia ... (15 years ago anyway) (Score 0) 1259

When I studied all of my fees were compiled into a thing called a HECS debt which i didnt have to pay off until my annaul salary passed a threshold.
The balance of hte loan and the threshold both went up with the CPI. But no interest was ever applied (yes, CPI acted like interest).
I never paid it off until about 3-4 years later when we salary went above 29,000.

I do think the guys got no right to gripe for himself. *but* when he started the course, perhaps the standard homeloan rate was about 8.5%.
In any case, the gov't should be making it easier for students to study, not making money off them for the privelege. Any capitalist can see that to make a good return you should be encouraging the young'uns to get the highest qualification they can, which has some bearing on their eventual tax output. Interest on the loans is a turnoff!

P.S Should note to those who are talking about tax dodges with student loans - I don't know the US system - but I also got a 15% bonus for any lump sums paid off my HECS debt over and above the mandatory payments. Makes my experience lightyears ahead of this guys plight.

Comment Re:Infra red energy? (Score 0) 315

umm.. no! actually with your back to fire there will be a small amount of reflection of whatever is around - the ground, trees, dust in the air. So you will have some light on your face.

not to mention that radiated heat is just light below our minimum visible freq. - ie. Infrared.

and if you want ot be technical - the heat on your face comes from your body.

I call your bluff, maybe I'm not an expert, but neither are you!

Comment Re:I am waiting for the movie (Score 0) 503

I know you were kidding but ..

I think after you watched the actors they would invariably have to get that can pronounce all the words in Chem 101, it would be even more mind-numbing than the worst lecturer you ever saw.

In the same boat - my deitel and deitel C++ book from uni. uggh!! how tedious to put up screen after screen of example code, unless they actually read it out.

then again - C++ tutorials with a subtle story-line, maybe even I romance between protected and private classes with friendly attributes, kind of smells like Romeo and Juliet type family feuds. Could be good! :)

you wanna call Peter Jackson or should I?

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