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Comment eBay just as bad (Score 1) 192

I purchased a genuine 12w apple charger from an Australian eBay seller. It failed within a week. I pulled it apart and it was clearly a Chinese knockoff. The creepage between primary and secondary was almost non existent. I told the seller and they were 'shocked'. I pulled apart the replacement they sent, and it too was a knockoff, albeit with better creepage. I told the supplier they needed to take down their Ad as they had sold over 300 of these things. Well after many back and forth emails, they start getting abusive. They just couldn't comprehend that that had broken Australian electrical safety laws, consumer seller laws and violated apples copyright.

The sad thing is, as I did more research, I find out: eBay doesn't give a toss; unless someone has died, the government regulators don't give a toss. So I reported them to Apple,but to be honest, I don't think Apple care that much either.
So this means, if you really want a genuine charger that won't kill anyone, you need pay the Apple tax.

Comment Germans are Right (Score 2) 108

Having driven a Tesla S for a week, I found the autopilot dangerous and stopped using it.
If your lighting is good, and you lane markings are good, it works OK; but other wise all you hear is a little bong and your on your own.

The trouble with autopilot is you still need to 100% concentrate as it could give up at any moment or come across a condition it doesn't understand, but the feature lends you to taking 100% of your concentration off the task of driving.
They should limit it to adaptive cruise control, e-braking, but not steering.

Comment Re:Stop the planet, I want to get off (Score 3, Insightful) 396

Seriously.... this is how wars start. And considering the powers that are involved, this can't possibly end well.... for anybody.

Have you considered that this is EXACTLY what they want.
More war. The manipulation of the media has become so obvious as to make them useless except for local news.
95% of news stories in Australia on US politics are Trump bashing. (Much of which he deserves)
Hillary gets next to zero news stories. (She must be super unappealing for that to happen)
Putin is portrayed as some evil psychopath, but when you listen to his speeches, he seems like a pretty rational dude that doesn't have that extra layer political fakeness of western politicians.

I would say the military industrial complex is chomping at the bit for more war to line their pockets.

Comment Resistant To Change? (Score 4, Insightful) 311

I wonder what makes Americans so resistant to change, and when they implement change, it has so many compromises to be unworkable?

Whether it be.
- Adoption of the metric system
- More sensible gun management
- Universal basic health care
- Writing dates mm-dd-yy
- Reform of you court/prison system

Australia has changed completely to chip cards. Mag swipe is no longer accepted.
For most merchants, transactions below $100, contact-less is used.
For over $100, a pin is required (and for some cards like amex, you need to insert the card for a chip read).
The transactions take around 2 seconds.

It works great. The $100 threshold is a good compromise for convenience vs fraud risk.

I assume you are complaining because your banks have stuffed up the implementation???

Comment How will you tell? (Score 2) 74

How on earth will anyone tell they have a fixed phone? Will it have a big S on it for safe. Or be a different colour? Or will you have to find some tiny serial number and look it up?
I do feel sorry for Samsung, as you can test hundreds of samples and not see a problem, but when you sell millions it only takes a low failure rate with a big consequence to have major repercussions.

Comment Lead free solder to blame??? (Score 3, Informative) 222

Yep. BGAs are difficult to rework, but perhaps the real blame for this can be aimed at the EU when they forced the electronics industry to transition to lead free solder 15 years ago, while not touching other industries, like car batteries.
Solder used to be 60%tin 40% lead. Lead was a great modifier to give ductility to solder joints. By going to almost 100% tin, solder joints are now more brittle, thus micro BGAs suffer more from thermal expansion fractures and shear fractures from physical drops.
The crazy thing, is the transition, which cost the industry Billions, was based on unproven science that tin/lead solder leached in ground fill rubbish dumps. It doesn't unless you have acid. But here we are today, stuck with a EU mandated change that increases energy to manufacturer and decreases reliability (see tin asker problem as well).

Comment Australian Observer (Score 5, Insightful) 618

American Culture seems to be strongly influenced by 'every man for himself'; or more subtly, your destiny is made by you and the effort you put into life. If you happen to be lazy, then suffer you.

I think there are three levels of maturity in a people and society:
1- Dependency (Child Stage)
2- Independence (Late Teen Stage). ie I can do it without anyone's help
3- Interdependence (Mature Stage) we all need to work together.

The USA seems to have gotten stuck between 2 & 3, while Europe/Canada/Australia went on to stage 3.
ie, We have strong social support systems such as good basic free medical care, good basic social security services, humane prisons with some attempt to reform.
While I as a tax payer don't like supporting lazy people, I think it is the lesser of two evils. ie having destitute people resort to crime with all the associated costs.
So I think the article is right, but culturally I don't see the USA ever changing within my lifetime.

Submission + - Australian Census night DDOS (

labnet writes: Tuesday night was census night for millions of Australians, but the stress tested systems completely failed night leaving millions frustrated. the ABS now claims it was maliciously attcked.

THE census website was shut down after being attacked by foreign hackers, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed. “It was an attack,” chief statistician David Kalisch told ABC radio this morning. “It was quite clear it was malicious.” The ABS is now working with the Australian Signals Directorate to determine the source of the attack. Mr Kalisch said so far it had been very difficult to work out where it came from. In the past Australian government websites have been attacked by Chinese hackers.

Comment I call bull$it (Score 1) 537

Have made a shielded room, and done plenty of EMC in others; it is super hard to keep cell signals out. The article looks like he has glass windows and is not underground. With an EMC room, you need conductive foam braid on the the door seals, and soon as you crack the door, you get cell coverage. Even the wiring has to have filters, as the radio waves can get in and out via wiring, plumbing etc. glass windows would need fine copper mesh. More likely he has a jammer installed, and and just told everyone it's done by mesh.

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