Fah Kiew Tu

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  1. Fah Kiew Tu

    I still call Australia home

    He's trolling again. Not worth the effort to even ridicule him. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Yeah why not - it's still a $200K pa gig....... plus rorts err 'entitlements'. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Oh yes - and what sort of electrical motor is suitable for such a task? How big a prop is going to be dragged to get the rotational energy? It's a field of interest to me because I have quite a lot of 3 phase motors about the place and more than a few variable frequency drives as well. It's not simple/easy to back-drive them, in fact for a lot of the VFD's an attempt to do so will result in them dumping the excess into big resistors as heat. If that doesn't work well enough the magic smoke escapes. So just what sort of motor are you referring to? I haven't watched the earlier episodes so don't know what they fitted. FKT
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    Burger King Explains Net Neutrality

    Yeah - we had ISDN leased lines, DSL, microwave, all sorts of stuff. We kept ripping it out & upgrading. The Libertarians were still discussing how many angels should pay for the privilege of buying a pinhead. I'm quite fond of the Libertarian political POV, I just don't make the mistake of thinking that it actually works. Human beings are too contrary & selfish. FKT
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    Burger King Explains Net Neutrality

    Actually you're the latecomer - I was working for CSIRO Division of Computing Research and we, along with some of the universities, built the first real WAN in Australia back in the early 1980's. Then the gateways to the USA internet. The whole thing started going downhill when it was opened up to fuckwits from bix.com and even worse, arseholes on line (aol.com) and others which had previously been heavily moderated walled gardens. You 'libertarian' types thought you now had the unfettered right to shit over everything and invented spam mail amongst other things. It hadn't been an issue when it was a bunch of universities and research organisations - that's why we all had open mail gateways etc etc to make life easy for our colleagues. Now - look what's happened. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    My friends in a 15 tonne carvel planked cutter motor at 5 knots in a dead calm and burn 1.5 litres/hour. That's their sweet spot on the fuel-distance curve. The owner/builder is a retired pilot so trust me, he understands the issues WRT fuel burn rate and distance covered. If you're doing short hops from reliable recharge point to point then sure, electric drives start making sense. For cruising boats, no. Not yet. Need better energy density and that still doesn't address the recharge problem. Do the maths on how long it's going to take to recharge a depleted 14kW battery bank via solar and wind...... you better have an awful lot of deck space for the panels and a decent wind genny. Hybrid diesel-electric drives make more sense. If you have the room and want the complication. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Yeah and after all of that, they've increased their range under power from maybe 2 nm (15 minutes at 5 knots) to maybe 25 nm (5 hours at 5 knots). Both scenarios resulting in dead flat batteries at the end with no way of recharging fast. Be still my beating heart...... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    South Papua. Fiji is pretty well run really...... FKT
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    Burger King Explains Net Neutrality

    That's why I claim to be an anarchist but really, I'm just an apathetic cynic.... FKT
  10. Fah Kiew Tu

    Climate news

    His tin foil hat has leaks.... FKT
  11. Fah Kiew Tu

    I still call Australia home

    Why shouldn't a gay woman run for Parliament in a safe seat? FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Awwww, you're just bitter & twisted because, even with our low standards and shit hole environment/economy, you still can't make the cut. Diddums. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Just revive the old United Australia Party name...... God knows none of the existing mob could lay claim to it. Oh well one PM ends, another one begins. Let's see how scomo does now he's got the chalice. Countdown to next election..... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Probably we could open an embassy in North Korea. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Good, he needs to go and move on. Unlike the last 3 that got the bullet, I can't say that I'm glad that he's gotten the flick, but he's had his chances. Pity Abbott doesn't take the opportunity to announce he won't stand for re-election. It's a blue-ribbon Liberal seat, I can hear the claws skittering now as the rats try for pole position come the pre-selection..... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Well, he *was* silly enough to put his hand up for the job - tough shit. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Condolences. My elder sister did that and I was glad to leave it to her. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Getting Abbott, Joyce and a few others pre-selections cancelled would be a real good start on winning the *following* election..... probably Abetz too. He's done some really good work as a Tasmanian representative for constituents with problems but I can't stomach his politics and how dirty he's prepared to get. Dunno about Bishop - done a good job as Foreign Minister but what else? I really don't think any of the choices fighting it out for top spot have anything great to recommend them. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Funny, 2 out of my 3 kids (27 & 30 y/old) still live with their mother in the house we co-own and it's a 5 bedroom place I built in suburbia. BF of the youngest is there half the time as well. Both have secure full-time and well-paying jobs but why leave home when you'll have less space and have to pay rent? Bent is in a similar position but plans to downsize so this can't happen. I wouldn't force that as an option though I certainly could. Back on politics I generally vote in reverse anyway - I work from who I detest most forward through the choices. If it's equal I always vote against the incumbent because at minimum this breaks up their cosy little cabals of influence-peddling. Makes no real difference of course but I get to feel better. Oh and don't think I've missed the deafening silence WRT what a wonderful representative of the poor workers Shorten was. It says a lot when even the rusted-on left wingers won't defend him. LB thinks Bishop will save the Govt. Doubt it myself and not because she's female, just I think the entire rat's nest need to be in opposition for a term. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Depending on where you live, you have a big backup system in the form of coal-fired plants, so it's almost certain that you may support something that you don't in fact have. I could care less about coal plants; I think they're archaic. What I care about is living in a 21C technology society and that takes reliable electrical power. I'm open to any technology that can provide the same - but it has to be *reliable*. IF you want to put in a wind farm, knock yourself out, but you're contracting to deliver X kW over Y hours and you'd better have your options sorted out if you can't. Do that and my objections vanish. Note that Tasmania is already on renewable power so this State has done decades ago what you aspire to - I think it's you living in the buggy-whip era. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    17C sunny and windless back home here. Air like cool silk, the bay is gleaming and I'm really tempted to take my new dinghy out for a test-run. WRT the Millennials the really *big* thing screwing them over IMO is real estate pricing. Buying a house when we did it represented around 4X to 5X annual salary for someone out of university. Now....? That and the rise of 'casual' jobs with zero job security. But this in a lot of ways is push-back from employers to the well-intentioned legislation making it harder to sack people. The functional result has been less job security not more. The whole 'move where the jobs are' thing is like telling people to eat cake. It's great in theory, in practice it isn't that easy. A bunch of grand-nephews of a friend of mine are finishing school or have done - even suggesting they look as 'far' as Melbourne for a job gets you the deer in the headlights look. OTOH my youngest daughter is off to Europe with her BF next year for at least a year - it's partly a cultural thing. Tasmania is *very* parochial and the NW coast area moreso. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Better cry me a river on my behalf then because I'm not..... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Of course the mass public knows less about technical/scientific/engineering specifics than the experts do. That doesn't mean that the experts get to have the say on policy though. A hell of a lot depends on providing full information as well. Do you support CO2-free power generation that does not include any form or nuclear power plants? Do you support CO2-free power generation? Note that answering YES means your power price will quadruple and the reliability of supply cannot be guaranteed - you will experience unplanned blackouts of unknown duration. I could think of dozens of examples if I could be bothered. What I hate is being fed spin AKA bullshit and being told it's 70% cacao. ALL sides of politics do this. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Hers, or mine? Because I can assure you I feel no self-pity at all. I'm pretty damned happy with life and looking back on the last 65 years, there are few critical decision points I'd change. I've been very lucky and lived in a time/place where I could exploit my opportunities. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    So, you're going to support for leader a person who's on record as screwing over some of the least well paid workers in society so he could advance his personal and political interests, then? FWIW I spent a bit over a year working in a University library early on. FKT