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by Mr Flibble
2018-01-03 03:15am
Forum: Hall of Memory
Topic: In Memoriam: Michael Shannon / Terralthra
Replies: 42
Views: 45629

In Memoriam: Michael Shannon / Terralthra

I bring sad news that Michael Shannon aka Terralthra has passed away, losing his battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed. His sister posted this to his facebook timeline: "There are only two people in the world that I have watched grow up from birth. Today, one of them died. My brother, Michae...
by Mr Flibble
2013-03-09 07:01am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Australia: Where the good life comes at a price
Replies: 66
Views: 5109

Re: Australia: Where the good life comes at a price

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/6302.0main+features3Nov%202012 Average Weekly Earnings, Key Figures, November 2012 Full-time adult average weekly total earnings $1 453.60 (this presumably includes over time) That comes up to $75,587.2 per year. So the average wage is more likely $75 ...
by Mr Flibble
2012-12-21 09:59pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
Replies: 243
Views: 15596

Re: Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

What are you supposed to do against Feinstein, et. al.? Start negotiating with yourself like Obama is doing again on the "fiscal cliff"? Whatever else you say or think about him, LaPierre isn't dumb enough to do that--unlike Obama. Well if I were them instead of the shotgun/splatter attempt to re-f...
by Mr Flibble
2012-08-25 05:08am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Remember the Tampa?
Replies: 5
Views: 1174

Re: Remember the Tampa?

Actually that is 11 of those that went back with that one person. Most of the 438 refugees on the Tampa were granted asylum in Australia or other countries (New Zealand took 150 straight away), in 2004 Australia gave at least 92 of them. The refugees from the Tampa were loaded onto a Royal Australia...
by Mr Flibble
2011-10-24 06:44am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What do you do for a living?
Replies: 117
Views: 6790

Re: What do you do for a living?

Technically I'm a Structural/Petroleum Geologist. In practice I also have to do a lot of geophysics, I.T. support/maintenance and marketing work.
by Mr Flibble
2010-11-26 05:45am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Was this cheating or smart studying?
Replies: 52
Views: 4686

Re: Was this cheating or smart studying?

At lower academic levels, and American college professor at a large school might have three different classes of 250-300 students that he lectures to. Multiple Choice is the only way to test in anything resembling a reasonable period of time. The professors/ and lecturers here solve the problem of ...
by Mr Flibble
2010-11-23 05:52am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Was this cheating or smart studying?
Replies: 52
Views: 4686

Re: Was this cheating or smart studying?

I find this pretty perplexing to be honest. At Adelaide University for most of my courses at the end of semester we were handed a copy of the previous year's exam, in some cases a couple of years examples were given. Given that I would not see this instance as cheating, but as seems to be the consen...
by Mr Flibble
2010-07-08 09:02am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Australian senator implies fellow senator is for child porn.
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Australian senator implies fellow senator is for child porn.

Last week one senator from Canberra essentially made the astounding accusation that another senator for Canberra wanted to "opt into child porn". The antagonistic parties are former Daramalarn student and current minister for communications, Senator Stephen Conroy and current ACT senator, Kate Lund...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-19 11:49pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Landmark Eduction
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Landmark Eduction

Well on Tuesday evening I went to my friend's graduation session for Landmark. I was absolutely disgusted with what was happening. I nearly walked out a couple of times, the only thing that stopped me was two of my other friends were there and I wanted to be certain that they did not sign up. The wh...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-15 12:54pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Landmark Eduction
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Landmark Eduction

Wow. It's amazing how vague the information on that Landmark Forum website is. It's like one big corporate mission statement, with no specifics at all. This paragraph is completely representative of the whole website's general content: Landmark Education is a global educational enterprise committed...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-15 12:33pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Landmark Eduction
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Landmark Eduction

Recently one of my closest friends revealed to me that she has taken part in the Landmark Forum program, and was telling me how much it has improved things for her. I was weirded out by the conversation though as a lot of the things she was saying threw up red flags for me, particularly her repeated...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-11 06:05pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Wiley Coyote method of rabbit control in Australia
Replies: 44
Views: 2611

Re: Wiley Coyote method of rabbit control in Australia

That's nothing. I recall that some biologists have been engineering a virus to lower the rabbit population. You didn't read the article well enough: Invasive animals expert Professor Tony Peacock said the advice reflected the fact that authorities and farmers were resorting to more unusual techniqu...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-02 09:18pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity
Replies: 20
Views: 1907

Re: South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity

Another article on the backdown (bolding mine). South Australia's Attorney-General Michael Atkinson admits he misjudged public opinion on the state's attempt to curb political comment on the internet. Mr Atkinson says he will repeal a law which would have meant that anyone posting comment or blogs d...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-02 07:57pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity
Replies: 20
Views: 1907

Re: South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity

I'm curious, is this an issue because it is trying to regulate the internet or just because the idea isn't very feasible. Honestly, I'm not seeing the censorship angle with this. If you went to a town hall, you wouldn't be wearing a mask saying the things they are talking about. The main issues I h...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-02 03:39pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity
Replies: 20
Views: 1907

Re: South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity

This is absolutely hilarious, they attacked News Limited, and when News limited responded in kind they backed down immediately, how could any politician in SA (hell most politicians in the world should know this) not expect a tough fight when taking on News limited? Also hilariously before backing d...
by Mr Flibble
2010-02-02 12:28am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity
Replies: 20
Views: 1907

South Australia attempts to ban internet anonymity

Anonymous comments banned for SA election Michael Atkinson says speech still free Media says censorship is 'draconian' SOUTH Australia has become one of the few states in the world to censor the internet. The new law, which came into force on January 6, requires anyone making an online comment abou...
by Mr Flibble
2010-01-25 09:12pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 15% of youth voted in Mass. vs 47% in 2008 elections
Replies: 70
Views: 3255

Re: 15% of youth voted in Mass. vs 47% in 2008 elections

Shit, don't Americans have compulsory civics classes? Now if only we could actually enforce the whole 'no voter influencing near polling places' I'd be a happy man. No, I don't want your motherfucking 'we trick you into voting for our political allies whom you hate' card, you democracy-distorting b...
by Mr Flibble
2010-01-25 05:51am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 15% of youth voted in Mass. vs 47% in 2008 elections
Replies: 70
Views: 3255

Re: 15% of youth voted in Mass. vs 47% in 2008 elections

I dislike compulsory voting on principle, but I'd still vote even if it was optional. Voting was one of the things I was most excited about when I turned 18, bizarrely. Even leaving aside informal votes, I know a lot of people who just donkey vote (number the boxes 1,2,3,4,5,6... until they get to ...
by Mr Flibble
2010-01-23 05:29am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 15% of youth voted in Mass. vs 47% in 2008 elections
Replies: 70
Views: 3255

Re: 15% of youth voted in Mass. vs 47% in 2008 elections

Compulsory voting is a staggeringly bad idea, for easy to see reasons. Considering Australia has compulsory voting with no real problems, I'm not seeing how it is necessarily a "staggeringly bad idea". Though you could argue our system is opt out, you have to show up at a booth and sign your name, ...
by Mr Flibble
2010-01-21 08:53pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Caring for the Caregiver
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: Caring for the Caregiver

Some sort of welfare\social security benefit would be nice. If my grandmother didn't have her teacher's pension and an inherited government pension from her late husband, I would have to have a paying job, and she would be in a nursing home (or likely dead by now). In Australia we do just that. We ...
by Mr Flibble
2009-11-07 06:47pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: Neuro-linguistic programming and my meetup group
Replies: 4
Views: 2459

Re: Neuro-linguistic programming and my meetup group

I am part of a social anxiety meetup group that meets monthly for discussions on improving our lives and so on. The organizer meet this... guy and invited him to speak to us this weekend. Now we actually had an actual psychologist visit us before. But our next guest, fuck! Here is his website: http...
by Mr Flibble
2009-10-22 02:47pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 70
Views: 5774

Re: Windows 7

It actually goes a good deal beyond compatibility mode. If you have Pro or Ultimate and a processor with virtualization functions, you can download software from the Microsoft site that lets you run a virtual XP system inside 7. Haven't had a chance to give it a serious run yet, but the first thing...
by Mr Flibble
2009-10-22 01:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Cell-phone users can't even WALK well
Replies: 54
Views: 2815

Re: Cell-phone users can't even WALK well

Canada sometimes has fucked up priorities when it comes to driving. That said the law in Ontario will ban the use of any hand held device while driving. That apparently includes the use of cellphones with a speaker or headset, so if you want to get a hold of someone while driving you will need to p...
by Mr Flibble
2009-10-22 11:40am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 70
Views: 5774

Re: Windows 7

I tried the RC and was really pleased with it, so I got the released version also. I'm no expert on speeds, but it runs everything I have used with it smoothly. One area where it does excel is installation time, which was much shorter than both XP and vista for me. I haven't had any major issues wit...
by Mr Flibble
2009-10-18 01:15am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Lebanon has no goverment but is in the UNSC
Replies: 3
Views: 890

Re: Lebanon has no goverment but is in the UNSC

Awwwww. Poor Kevin Rudd's plan to gain REAL ULTIMATE POWER obviously failed. And we're instead landed with two nation which might as well be in a state of civil war, one that is a monarchy re-labelled democracy which just had the courts uphold fraudulent election, one where the seccessonists are on...