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A long way to go

July 16, 2019 - 09:02 -- Admin

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Ken Wyatt delivered a speech at the National
Press Club explaining that there would be a referendum on constitutional recognition
of Indigenous Australians. He stated that this recognition would probably be a
version of the ‘voice to Parliament’ outlined in the Uluru Statement presumably
either by legislation or constitutional amendment1. The Uluru Statement

The criminal behaviour of Barnaby Joyce

July 15, 2019 - 09:30 -- Admin

I don’t tend to read
anything written by ignoramuses, except when dealing with people like
creationists and climate change deniers. I read occasional creationist drivel because
I like to use their ignorance as a springboard to explain reality to them and
to those who need to have that ignorance demonstrated (e.g. on radioisotopic
dating1,2). I only occasionally read the drivel put out by climate

These people get to vote

July 12, 2019 - 13:43 -- Admin

There are stories
coming from several sources in different parts of the nation of retirees
turning up at Centrelink offices or ringing them up to ask when they will be
getting their franking credit refunds. This is despite the fact that these
people have no shares. And yet these gullible people actually get to vote. This
clearly shows that they have no idea what a franking credit is, nor how it was

Freedom to discriminate

July 10, 2019 - 09:56 -- Admin

Section 116 of the
Australian Constitution states:

“The Commonwealth shall not make any
law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or
for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall
be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the

Land, sea and air

July 8, 2019 - 09:52 -- Admin

Back when I was a kid
there I knew of two types of rechargeable batteries; charged batteries and flat
batteries, for all were variations on the lead-acid battery. The Lead-acid
battery was invented in the middle of the 19th century and is still
in use today. These days they are mostly used to start internal combustion
engines or to power short range vehicles like golf carts, forklifts,
stockpickers etc.1

Databases are like potplants

July 7, 2019 - 10:21 -- Admin

Databases are the bees
knees for storing data to which you refer on a regular basis, provided those data
have a common arrangement or structure. They used to be monolithic structures
basically like a giant spreadsheet for all your stuff. Then along came relational
databases. These decreased the possibility of error by only requiring one entry
for a particular item: if you have to enter it only once there would be less
probability of mistyping it.

Lost files anyone?

July 6, 2019 - 21:09 -- Admin

I was mulling over a directory
on a server the other day, trying to make heads or tails out of where I should
put stuff. The directory was completely shambolic and the file I was compiling
could have been put in several locations, any of which could have been argued
to be relevant and ‘logical’. What happens in organisations is that these
directories seem to grow by iterations which are often based on the desires of

Only conservative speech to be permitted

July 1, 2019 - 09:23 -- Admin

Unless you live under
a rock and never read the newspapers, watch television, listen to the radio or
are on social media, you will have heard of the mess former Rugby player Israel
Folau has gotten himself into, by telling the world that homosexuals are going
to hell. This is the second time he has done something like this, and Rugby
Australia, had had enough and tore up his multi-million dollar contract1.