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  1. Mal: "Snowy hydro - this was the result of the vision of the people that won the Second World War, that defended our freedoms - saved us. And they came home and they built this. There are big dreams in these mountains blah blah blah..." Have you ever heard a bigger load of wank in your life? I almost puked. I hereby announce a feasibility study... Not that I'm agin such a project, conveniently dragged out, just that it is the base politics that I despise. And the purple prose is appalling...
  2. It will be interesting to see how Malcolm reacts to Jay Weatherills' plan for SA. Initial reactions of legal action aren't encouraging. The feds have no plan at all and have sat back for six months and offered nothing but ideological bollocks to the debate. This is after 10 years of indigence over a energy policy by both major parties. The calls for a price on carbon are coming from all quarters now. The feds have been caught flat footed by the SA government. The SA policy may be flawed for not being part of a national solution but at least they have a policy. The take home message for both majors is stop dicking around with energy security lest it be taken out your hands...
  3. Can a party of protest support an unpopular incumbent with a preference deal? Apparently the answer is no. Admiring Putin can't have helped either. Gotta say I am pleased that she got whacked. The US brand of populism doesn't seem to apply here yet. Ashby needs to resign.
  4. Cue comments about the WA election being fought on "state based" issues. Partly true but no way a swing of the magnitude recorded has no federal implications.
  5. Sorry, couldn't resist.
  6. Can't see it. He's about as popular as a fart at a funeral. I don't know why Turnbull is confused as to why his ratings are headed south? He knows what the big issues are and he knows what the majority want done. Housing affordability - get rid of the tax breaks Climate change and energy - Quarantine some natural gas and go large on renewables (and research how they could be engineered to support base load long term) Pass gay marriage legislation He does this and his popularity may become large enough that the 70% of moderates in his party would support him against the dickheads.
  7. Scomo is cooking up some goodies for renters in the budget by all accounts. It will no doubt end up a damp squib if I know scomo.
  8. Another use case for data matching? Don't take an extended holiday.
  9. I haven't seen this issue since the upgrade. Have you cleared your browser cache etc?
  10. I'd be surprised if it's a simple port scan. There's online sites that'll do that for you at no cost using nmap. More likely they scan ports and send requests to discover software versions then see if the version has any exploits. Metasploit has good tool for this. They should if they are worth their salt be checking the owasp top ten web vulnerabilities as well. Though these are likely integrated into pen testing tools.
  11. There is a bit of that. I'm not seeing anyone first hand doing any data science really well. I've been to a couple of conferences of late though and there are a few examples of useful analytic systems. Telstra use real time streaming of log data from a various sources and have intrusion detection alerts based on machine learning 'patterns'. Anything out of pattern raises an alert. Apparently they busted a bunch of their developers going around the proxy server direct to the web. I think it's probably useful for marketing companies targeting advertising. I think it was Walmart that pitched some baby product at some girl in the states. Her dad saw the pitch and went down to Walmart to complain. The girl was pregnant and Walmart knew before the family based on search activity. The Centrelink robodebt debacle illustrates the limitations of the data matching side. Especially when false positives cause people a lot of angst. They don't have much fuzzy logic ability so if clients don't enter their employers business name identically on both ATO and Centrelink systems they get pinged for overpayments. Risk based systems like operational decision making can benefit I suspect.
  12. OR you could look at retraining in areas which are currently (or futurely) in demand. I'm personally keen on a masters in data science. I'm working on somebody else paying for it from a permanent position. A masters from ANU with them footing the bill. If push come to shove I'll pay for it myself. IT security and data science are the vogue areas ATM
  13. Looking forward to seeing the murray basin water plan (when we get a government). In the mean time, straight from the environment today - the murrumbidgee is flowing , Canberras dams are at 66% and I can wash my car again soon. And canberra is green... Floods in Victoria too. Edit: punctuation
  14. As long as you come back to be our ninja. Australia and NZ will forgive you.
  15. Maybe this is why he left the party
  16. Is this the Trump effect?
  17. I absolutely agree with you that high levels of immigration are being used as a lazy method of economic stimulus by government. It's not the immigration itself that irks me but the lack of planning and forethought that goes into it. There hasn't been much rationale and the result has been the rise of populism that we are now seeing. In regard to energy policy, investment has stalled due to the lack of a consistent bipartisan agreement. Greens knocked off the original bipartisan carbon price to their eternal shame. Rudd introduced a carbon price that was probably too high. Abbott removed it. It's been a decade of ideologically driven nonsense from which we now are seeing the result. There is an excellent article in the graun this morning. It has a couple of links to an Australian Industry Group blog and the Australian Energy Council. The AEC link is behind a paywall on the AFR so I've linked to a copy on the climate alliance site. Both groups are calling for more certainty in policy to attract investors back to the sector. The Australian Energy Council seem to want a carbon price to provide a signal to investors. The AIG have some good analysis of pricing and why coal is a more expensive option than both renewables and gas. Definitely worth a read.
  18. I've got a far more low tech solution. No air conn as I'm a filthy renter but a big f*ck off indutrial fan and a bunch of soaking wet towels on a drying rack. It's 40 outside and 29 in. And a 10ft square kids pool for wallowing when it gets unbearable... with a built in stubby holder so maybe it's not actually a kids pool.
  19. Looks like load shedding isn't just a South Australian problem. NSW has just over 10% renewables. Turns out heatwaves force up demand. Who'd have thought? Maybe we need an enquiry? Sydney weather: Energy Minister pleads for help to avoid heatwave power blackout
  20. Yep. They commercialised existing technology developed by governments. If governments hadn't developed computers and the internet which originally a defence project then Google, Apple and MS$ wouldn't have had a product. Not to mention CSIRO's invention of wireless. Or the telephone wires that carry the signal. Commercialisation is the role of private enterprise. R&D is more often the role of government either directly or more recently through industry subsidies and/or PPP's. (tors link aside) And you are correct that some projects fail. R&D is expensive which is why if industry do any of it at all they usually have their hand out to government. Government oblige as the subsidy can generate significant ROI. The point I'm making is that governments that don't invest in new technologies economies' fall behind. The US was once a powerhouse of innovation. Japan took over through a large government programme in technology investment and now China/India are doing the same. Renewable energy falls into the category of needs investment. Governments already recognise that Global Warming is a problem that needs a solution. Even if you don't. This government of ours is prepared for example to lob money at "clean coal". The term is anathema to me but if I thought it would work I would support the spending. What I'd rather see is investment in making renewables more reliable. The country that develops that tech will make billions. Here's an example from todays conversation: Crisis? What crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids
  21. I'm glad to see the back of him. He only did it because he has 6 more years to try and build his party. Let's hope the same fate awaits him as all political turncoats. Slipper, Don Lane, Brian Austin. It's seldom a happy ending for those that get elected for being in a party but think their own personality was responsible.
  22. I'm struggling to understand how any decision anyone ever has made fits your 0% risk strategy. All innovation involves risk. No technological advance in human history has ever been any different. It's generally government's rather than private enterprise that invest in new technology either directly through R&D or through subsidies. These include Railways Universities Highways (automobiles) Agriculture computers and internet Just about everything else... The reason being that private enterprise don't have the money and are typically as risk averse as you are Cobran.
  23. It certainly doesn't seem to. Armstrong gets to use unattributed data going back centuries completely unquestioned as it doesn't question Cobran's confirmation bias.
  24. Well if you can tell me what in the universe is "conclusive" we'll have an argument. I can't definitively prove that alien lizard people aren't running the world as we speak but we opt for the balance of probability based on evidence that they are not. Except for the donald of course. We have no choice but to rely on the best available evidence from the best available sources. I've no problem with anybody questioning the orthodoxy. I'd do it myself if I thought I had a case... There is no conspiracy. Unless it has been planned since the 1950's and every weather reader and climate scientist across the planet is involved. I know you work in IT projects and frankly hats off to the lizard people that could coordinate that level of co-operation. f*ck me, I can't.* *Where in the f*ck does Armstrong get his data over multiples of 300 years?
  25. I don't have much control over the size of images Sol. Some setting on the forum seems to have changed on Nov 17th last year. This is the date of the forum upgrade. I've altered the image quality settings I've found but I'm not sure how that will work. I think it's a server side option that you would be better contacting RE about. Sorry I don't have the super powers.