Fah Kiew Tu

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    My Big Mushy Boat Listing - Selling a Boat in Motion

    Pretty much how I used to guesstimate software development time - work up your very best estimate, then multiply by 3. Assuming no 'blue sky' bleeding edge software tools and a half decent user requirement doc. My boat build was a lot simpler - write off every dollar spent the moment it was spent. Expect a zero return at the end when you go to sell. After all what dollar value do you put on that good meal & bottle of wine you had the last time you went out to dinner? FKT
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    That makes everyone's head explode. Another forum, an American who'd got a job to supply an item of equipment to a metric country, where the PO said all fasteners had to be metric, seriously asked if it'd be OK to mill the hex heads of UNF/UNC bolts to the nearest metric size because he didn't want to invest in the necessary metric sized drills & taps for the job. He got told in no uncertain terms that the answer was NO..... FKT
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    I use a ton of countersunk socket head cap screws because I like them way better than Philips heads. And every one of them is metric, which is fine for the 98% of the world in the 21st Century WRT measurement & fastener systems, but is guaranteed to cause USA heads to explode... FKT
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    As a child born in the early 1950's I would really like to believe you're correct. Sadly I don't. There's also the issue of weapons research versus weapons tech. Once you know how to do something, the rest is engineering. Getting rid of fissiles is the only way to ensure no more nukes can be built. I'm aware that the weapons degrade over time and need periodic maintenance. I'm not even sure that the total elimination of nuclear weapons, even if possible, would be a nett positive. WW1 and WW2 stand as evidence of what's possible without them. The small towns of Australia are littered with the monuments to the fallen, going back to the Boer War. FKT
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    Russia is broke. Israel probably figures they have enough so why make more. I sense a bit of goalpost shifting here - those who've got them are keeping them albeit maybe in scaled back amounts. Point being - which countries that had nukes have voluntarily given up both the weapons and the tech to build more? You can argue Ukraine if you like but that's a special case IMO. And I'll bet they wish they didn't these days. FKT
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    I made that point many posts back. Also Iraq against Iran. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    FTFY. I've been here over 20 years and have a GF whose family have been on the NW coast well over 150 years. I'm still and always will be a blow-in by her standards. But I'm good with that, quite seriously. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    NFI - I'm not in that electorate. But now you mention it I must bring that fact to the attention of the people I know who are. Further than that I will not say..... FKT
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    That would be 'we' as in the USA, right? Not North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, Russia, France. Dunno about the UK, they may not have the financial resources to maintain nukes any longer. Point being that nukes aren't going away any time soon. The other stuff - yeah like poison gas after WW1 and - so far - biological weapons. We know how to make them, the tech (chemical weapons anyway) is pretty well sorted, just an agreement not to do it. I sincerely hope it holds. FKT
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Speaking of refitting shit boats, has it stopped snowing so you can get back to work yet? I'm getting ready to haul out soon, we've got quite a few hours up over summer and still got maybe 2 months of decent sailing weather left. And I'm still adding bits to the boat..... I knew it'd take at least a year to show me what I'd not thought of during the build. A few more deck penetrations for example. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    If that's a reply to me - I can't tell sine you don't include a quote - I'd *really, really* like to see any club try to take formal action against a member for making a factual and polite albeit pointed complaint about club policy, especially under any sort of social media policy. I suspect they'd be on the receiving end of a 'please explain' in short order for interfering with the communications between a constituent and his political representative. Oh - wait. Tasmania. They're probably members of the club and get special treatment from the club committees. Forget that I raised this as a possibility.... Perhaps I should start the Fah Kiew Sailing and Internet Fishing (trolling our specialty) Society. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    Keep up the good work, guys. The more you post, the more I'm convinced Groucho was correct. As for Australian Sailing perhaps everyone could write to their local Federal MP telling him/her what a bunch of wankers they are and how they're not actually representing the sport. Not that it'd make much if any difference given how sports money is allocated, but there's nothing to lose. Even that infamous Qld club would have a hard time taking action against a member for writing to their MP. Well, probably. This really is a grand & ongoing soap opera though.
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    LOL... Bloomturd to pick hillary as running mate.

    Yeah - Trump is worse. A lot worse. If I'd had a vote, I would have voted for Clinton. While holding my nose. But it's still pretty sad that Clinton was so disliked that Trump managed to win. And spare me the 'years of lies & propaganda' bit - I don't get that sort of 'news' feed, mostly ABC & BBC and I still thought her a terrible candidate with a baggage train that would have done credit to Marie Antoinette. If she was the best that the Democrats could do - that's pretty sad. It's even sadder that she didn't get over the line though. I really am coming around to the POV that the USA is heading for a major implosion soon. FKT
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    Showtime capsize on return trip

    It's the airtight bit. If the pressure changes, there's most likely to be a fatigue crack somewhere. Early warning before catastrophic failure because cracks propagate, sometimes really fast. Time to haul out & do a dye pen test or similar. When we had a new sea chest fitted to one of our ships it had to be x-rayed afterwards to check the weld soundness. Luckily the welders did a professional job because when you're x-raying 40mm plate you need a serious machine and the safety precautions equally so. Don't want to have to do it twice. Dry dock job in Garden Island Sydney. FKT
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    I'd like to thank the previous owner for...

    Shut up - I'm seriously thinking of installing a 3 phase motor for an anchor winch, fed via VFD from my 240V single phase inverter. But if you buy one of these AND ACTUALLY USE IT at least you (and subsequent owners) will know what does what.... https://www.ecotechprintsolutions.com.au/catalog/product/view/id/5841/?SID=kpmddstc6oia11bbke9gs0ifru&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiarz-7Df5wIVE66WCh0xGQHuEAQYAiABEgLT2vD_BwE FKT
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    Obama Tweets, Trump Freaks, The Press Fact-Checks

    Always fascinating to see how people react when you change a single word in a sentence..... FKT
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    Obama Tweets, Trump Freaks, The Press Fact-Checks

    Hmmmm........ Do you agree with the priority of "doing everything in our power to ensure Trump is a one-term President" because a hell of a lot here, including you, do.... The race & birth bullshit was way OTT WRT Obama, IMO, but opposing a President and trying to get him out is fair political activity as far as I can see. Otherwise why not just make it an 8 year term, non-renewable, and be done with it? I'll be delighted if Trump loses in November. Even if the replacement is inept and hostile to Australia, it's very, very unlikely that they'll be as personally corrupt and outright offensive as Trump. FKT
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    Showtime capsize on return trip

    We put a load cell on the sheave pin on one of our oceanographic winches once. The results showed us just how close to the edge of failure we'd been (broken data cable that was also the load carrying cable - data wires down the core). The result was we downgraded the total allowable mass of the instrument package attached. This caused some angst from the scientists but that was too bad. Better than leaving *another* expensive instrument package on the bottom of the ocean. If you can't measure it, you're guessing. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    If you question authority or authority's minions, then obviously you are engaging in harassment. Consume what's set before you, pay what you're told you owe, be silent in the presence of your betters, die. FKT
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    Goal post shift. I wasn't the one making the claim, I was the one challenging the possibility of any such thing happening. Meli has dropped the subject like a hot rock, as per usual when someone asks her to back up one of her 'I wish it were so therefore it is' claims. FKT
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    Found me that list of un-invented technologies yet? FKT
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    Yeah, thought I'd made that point. Even possession of a small handful of relatively low powered nukes is sufficient to deter attacks from the most heavily armed nation on the planet. Then there's India and Pakistan - might be occasional flareups (Kashmir) but nobody really wants it to escalate. Though I'd put nothing past the Pakistanis if they thought they could use a catspaw and not have it come home to them. FKT
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    The Enemy is China

    Or snap their fingers to get the attention of a server-person, as I've seen an American tourist do. Let's not start on UK backpackers, please. FKT
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    My Big Mushy Boat Listing - Selling a Boat in Motion

    Many years ago now I was looking at an unfinished boat that was part of a deceased estate sale. I took a really good look at it, all the bits that went with it and went away to estimate the remaining work/money (and what IMO needed to be ripped out & done properly). I offered 50% of their asking price and considered I was being very generous. They turned me down. 2 years later they sold for the same amount I'd offered them less than a month after the boat went up for sale. I'm sure they thought I was trying to rip them off but eventually reality sank in. Funny thing, the person who bought it still hasn't finished it. Sometimes I'm tempted to go and make an offer of half of what they paid for it, see what happens. But my GF would kill me if I bought another big project - the IH tracked loader is still waiting its turn. Generally I value things like boats by finding the most cherry one currently for sale, looking at what it has/condition it is, then the one I'm considering and adding up the cost to get the one I'm considering to the same standard as the cherry one. If the dollars/time is excess of the cherry asking price, it's overpriced in my mind. FKT
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    The Enemy is China

    Bob's pretty much given up on SA anyway so it doesn't matter. Facebook FFS! OK I can understand why - he has a lot more control of the nutcase class (in theory). But still. FKT