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Daily Discussion Thread: 🏯 Saturday, July 20, 2024
  • Night goonsinator 3D. Good dreams only

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🏯 Saturday, July 20, 2024
  • At about 10, I got an email back from the constable handling the case. It wasn't really much of an update, he just thanked me for the info I provided and said he would update the report and let me know what happens next. As far as I'm aware, old mate doesn't even know I know what he's stolen yet. Don't think the police would've even contacted him yet. And my org don't seem like the type who'd go and recover my stuff.

    I'm still struggling with a lot of anxiety about it all, though. When I got home today, I found the shed door wide open and a couple of things that were previously in there out on the ground outside. Unfortunately he fucked up that lock before he left, so it no longer locks (we aren't meant to have access to the shed, but he liked to smoke and drink with his dodgy mates in there, so he just broke the lock). It was held shut by 2 paint cans in front of it, so probably wouldn't have come undone through the wind. But I didn't see anybody go through the side gate (which is just a simple latch, no key), which my camera has a small view of. That makes me think either it was the wind, and I'm overthinking this, or he took a clone of a key to come in through the back fence gate, or just jumped the fence.

    Also, I still haven't signed my enrolment paperwork for the TAFE course…. I had questions about some info that seemed inaccurate in the report when they sent it to me at 4:48pm on Wednesday, so I replied to the intake or sales lady asking for clarification, and she never replied. I had a busy day yesterday, so I didn't follow up, and now it's the weekend… I'm meant to start this Tuesday! It's all feeling really overwhelming and like it's too soon now, since I'll have 24 hours (at most) after the paperwork is signed before I start — and I missed the intake last week. I don't want to bail, but I don't think I'll have enough time to prepare and get myself ready, mentally or practically (there's apparently some learner handbook thing I'm meant to read before I rock up that I can't access until I am enrolled and can access their LMS thingy).

    Thoughts, wise DT people? Should I call first thing on Monday and just go for it anyways? Should I ask to swap to a course starting at a later date (they seem to run this course fairly frequently, so it'd most likely just be a month or so wait)?

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • I decided to give up and go home. I was going to head down to Bunnings and buy a padlock for the side gate, but I have onepass so decided I'll just get the bloody thing delivered

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • If anything, everything seems to be worse now. Can't even log on to netbank through the commbank app now. (before it was just no PayID)

    Edit: I had to force stop the app, but it seems to work now

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Sure. The little white LED is on both sides and flashes (vaguely) to the beat. The top led sort of changes colours with the rhythm

    I did take a photo of the gigantic box it came in as well, but Lemmy seems to be struggling with photo uploads right now

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • I thought it was a bit bassy, but also quiet, but apparently it has an "extra bass" mode which i figured out how to turn off, and when it's under 20% battery, it halves the volume

  • www.abc.net.au Live: Cyber security company CrowdStrike linked to global IT outage

    Computer security company CrowdStrike is linked to a major IT outage affecting banks, airports, supermarkets and businesses across Australia and the world. Follow live.

    Live: Cyber security company CrowdStrike linked to global IT outage

    Country's fucked again!

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    Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Bunnings online is pretty much down - they wouldn't take my money and i had to press buttons a dozen times to even get it to try.

    Vlines whole communication system is dead, so all vline trains are suspended

    Edit: Commbanks PayID is dead (BSB and account number still work). UBanks customer service is apparently dead too and are saying it's a good idea to call them another day.

    Edit edit: there's apparently a national emergency meeting underway about it, according to the ABC

    Edit edit edit: that image took 4 tries to upload

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Okay, my final fancy purchase (I promise)

    I got a second hand Sony speaker in pretty good condition for 30 bucks (an sbx-xrb-31 or something like that - Sony uses stupid names). It's an absolute hoot. It has LEDs and features a "rave mode"

    Seriously:

  • Every VLine rail service in the state is currently suspended due to a communications fault. Right in peak hour

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    Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • I like public transport and if it was run more frequently and was a bit more convenient, I would use it most of the time, but yeah, it really sucks how they can just not run a service, or a bus can leave 10 minutes early, or 20 minutes late, and it's just like "ok.... What do you want me to do about it?"

    I normally don't complain but I was quite annoyed by that so I ended up being a bit of a Karen and calling PTV and politely lodging a complaint. Before they answered, there a message about VLine played: "Due to an external communications fault, all VLine rail services are currently suspended and will be held at the platform. We are unable to provide an estimated departure time, or a timeline for when services will resume.". Pretty much everyone outside of the metro network is just fucked tonight. From what the app says, it doesn't even seem like they're trying to organise coaches - it literally just says "passengers should defer travel"

    Passengers should defer travel. In the middle of peak hour. While they're possibly hundreds of KMs from home with no other way to get back. JFC

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • I think my bus just left without me... There was a bus parked up after (not at!) the bus stop showing as "not in service". My bus (no tracking) was supposedly 5 minutes away, so I figured it was just waiting until peak time to start running, and another was going to come get me. Then the departure time comes and it pulls away, and I looked over, and it was marked with my route number. But it was too late, it was already half way down the bloody road

    ☹️ It's coooooooold and I was only anticipating a 5 minute wait so I'm a little under dressed. Also, this bus route runs semi frequently (15 mins in peak), but I was going to catch this bus to connect with another bus which only runs hourly, which I'll miss now. Ugh

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Uh oh. I forgot to turn the central heating off before I left....

  • The likes the upvotes
  • 'tis the highest honour

  • Daily Discussion Thread: 🥂 🐈‍⬛ Friday, July 19, 2024
  • So question: when you have to rate something that doesn't apply, do you give it a 5 or 3 star? eBay always asks me to rate seller communication, which is almost never relevant. They mark it as posted, and that's generally the extent of the "communication". I have been marking that as 3 stars, but I was thinking, that probably brings down their averages, right? I'd be annoyed if my feedback rate went from 100 to 99.97% because someone thought something was irrelevant.

    Seems like a bit of a disconnect between how I issue ratings and how I take ratings into account. All this online review stuff seems to have skewed the bare minimum rating from a 3. i.e I probably wouldn't consider a shop or seller that's only rated 3 stars, even though in my mind, 3 stars means neutral, when it comes to reviews, 3 stars seems bad

  • Daily Discussion Thread: ✔️✔️✔️ Thursday, July 18, 2024
  • I missed your last comment, so I thought you were talking about a different type of trip. In any case, I hope you recover quickly and are able to enjoy the rest of your trip!!

  • MediSecure reveals 12.9m Australians had personal data stolen in cyber attack
  • That's actually exactly what I said when I read the headline

  • Daily Discussion Thread: ✔️✔️✔️ Thursday, July 18, 2024
  • Idk what LTSC is, but I think I've gotten rid of all the bloat now. Not really interested in Linux on this laptop. Also chrome, not Firefox.

  • www.abc.net.au MediSecure reveals 12.9m Australians had personal data stolen in cyber attack

    Online eScripts provider MediSecure has revealed 12.9 million Australians had personal data stolen in a cyber breach earlier this year, making it one of the largest data hacks in Australian history.

    MediSecure reveals 12.9m Australians had personal data stolen in cyber attack
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    Daily Discussion Thread: ✔️✔️✔️ Thursday, July 18, 2024
  • I got an MSI Thin A15 "gaming" laptop. I specifically went with this one as it seemed to be the best at that price point and had a dedicated graphics card.

    Although it's a "gaming" laptop, I fully intend on rocking this to school. I'll turn off the RGB keyboard, and maybe tape an apple logo over the main one (although it's not RGB and fairly discreet) or something. It's got a metal case and full size HDMI out + ethernet, so I don't see why you couldn't rock it to school. Then again I have a friend whose school only permits MacBooks, even though they aren't school provided or managed. So I guess YMMV

  • Daily Discussion Thread: ✔️✔️✔️ Thursday, July 18, 2024
  • Omfg the amount of bloatware on this laptop is insane! Windows really is just bloat at this point. It reminds me of when I was younger and used to have a cheap shitty Optus/Telstra phone they probably sold as a loss leader. They used to come with sooo much bloatware. Even the cheap Samsung's used to.

    But seriously. No I don't fucking want Norton, LinkedIn, candy crush, Microsoft maps, or Facebook. God. And everything is so pushy, why can't it be quiet bloatware.

    Open edge

    Search for chrome

    "There's no need to switch to another browser! Edge performs better."

    Close popup

    Go to the download chrome page

    "Microsoft edge performs up to 3x faster than >google chrome!"

    Close popup

    Download chrome

    Open chrome

    "Installer error! Failed with error code 57"

    Norton popup: "we found a threat on your device! But don't worry. We blocked it."

    I NEVER WANTED NORTON OR EDGE I JUST WANT CHROOOOOOOMEEEEEEEEEEEE. FUCK. OFF

    this was also after about 15 minutes of trying to figure out how to fuck all the Microsoft garbage off and just use a local account.

    And now:

    MSI Centre popup: "Have you backed up your system?"

    NO I HAVEN'T BACKED UP MY FUCKING SYSTEM THERE'S NOTHING TO BACKUP YET YOU DONKEY! I HAVENT EVEN INSTALLED CHROME YET!!!

  • Daily Discussion Thread: ✔️✔️✔️ Thursday, July 18, 2024
  • Update: it just arrived. I checked the tracking at 7:18 and it was still saying ready for processing so I went to the kitchen to grab some cheeky ice cream, and then there was a surprise knock on my door! Delivered at 7:21, and after double checking the tracking they've retroactively marked it as on board for delivery in Tullamarine at 7:12 (definitely wasn't there before). I'm a lot more than 8 minutes from tullamarine. I'll be honest - I jumped when I heard the knock. And yes, it came through startrack not auspost (although in my mind they're still the same thing)

    Not complaining though, that was bloody efficient. I mean look at this!

    New laptop day though!

  • www.theguardian.com Melbourne public housing towers demolition to go ahead despite residents’ class action

    Exclusive: Lawyer says move by state government shows residents being treated ‘as an afterthought’

    Melbourne public housing towers demolition to go ahead despite residents’ class action
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    pulsetasmania.com.au Speed cameras play ‘cat and mouse’ to dodge late-night arson attacks

    Authorities are rethinking where, when and for how long they deploy the cameras…

    Speed cameras play ‘cat and mouse’ to dodge late-night arson attacks
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    www.abc.net.au 'Criminal elements': The illegal firewood industry that's hurting Victorian forests

    Criminals are preying on Victorians struggling to pay their power bills this winter by selling firewood stolen from protected forests.

    'Criminal elements': The illegal firewood industry that's hurting Victorian forests
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    www.abc.net.au Telstra fined $1.5m for leaving customers vulnerable to scams

    The communications watchdog found Telstra failed to authenticate customer IDs during 168,000 high-risk interactions such as password resets or SIM card swaps.

    Telstra fined $1.5m for leaving customers vulnerable to scams
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    5 myths about Melbourne busted in 5 minutes!

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    The anglers tavern finally reopens on the 18th (this Thursday)!

    anglers-tavern.com.au Anglers Tavern - Iconic pub in Maribyrnong

    Anglers Tavern returns as a much-loved Melbourne landmark, situated by the scenic Maribyrnong River. Recently refurbished, it remains your cherished local spot—a place where you can enjoy a laid-back lunch, a family dinner with the kids, a cold drink or two in the beer garden.

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    www.abc.net.au Victorian CFMEU branch placed into administration over allegations of criminal links

    The Victorian branch of the CFMEU is put into administration following reports in the media alleging underworld figures and bikie gang members had infiltrated major construction projects.

    Victorian CFMEU branch placed into administration over allegations of criminal links
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    www.theguardian.com E-scooter company to fit Melbourne fleet with AI cameras to stop riders using footpaths

    Neuron Mobility says technology is trained to recognise city’s roads and footpaths and will issue a warning in real time

    E-scooter company to fit Melbourne fleet with AI cameras to stop riders using footpaths
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    www.theguardian.com Queensland Greens unveil plan to cap grocery prices and ‘smash up’ Coles and Woolworths duopoly’

    Party’s new policy includes limiting cost increases on 30 essential items, with the shopping list to be determined by a ‘fair prices authority’

    Queensland Greens unveil plan to cap grocery prices and ‘smash up’ Coles and Woolworths duopoly’
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    www.theage.com.au Airport Rail is the wrong project to leave in limbo

    Melbourne Airport may have pushed for a gold-plated station, but the Allan government’s commitment to the project must also be questioned.

    Airport Rail is the wrong project to leave in limbo
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    www.abc.net.au The Raes say their fridge malfunctioned, triggering illness, and their refund offer included a 'gag clause'

    Victorian couple Adele and Alex Rae say they were exposed to a "really strong" chemical smell coming from their Samsung fridge, which caused Ms Rae to collapse. They've been offered a refund on the condition they never talk about it again.

    The Raes say their fridge malfunctioned, triggering illness, and their refund offer included a 'gag clause'
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    www.theage.com.au Which suburb has the most teachers? Dentists? CEOs? Where to find Melbourne’s worker tribes

    Brighton has the most CEOs, Kew has the most GPs, the CBD has the most waiters and Tarneit has the most truck drivers. Find out where the most people who do the same job as you live in our tour of Melbourne’s worker tribes.

    Which suburb has the most teachers? Dentists? CEOs? Where to find Melbourne’s worker tribes

    For those without a subscription, you can find a paywall bypass here:

    https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theage.com.au%2Fnational%2Fvictoria%2Fwhich-suburb-has-the-most-teachers-dentists-ceos-where-to-find-melbourne-s-worker-tribes-20240619-p5jn6b.html

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    Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract

    bigbuild.vic.gov.au Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract

    We’re powering ahead with SRL East - construction is underway at all 6 station sites, with a preferred bidder for the second SRL East tunnelling contract being announced.

    Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract
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    www.abc.net.au Most Australians take more than 30 minutes to get to work. How does that compare to other countries?

    The time it takes Australian workers to get to work is increasing. What do experts think will help improve them?

    Most Australians take more than 30 minutes to get to work. How does that compare to other countries?
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    NT police commissioner declares curfew in Alice Springs after multiple violent incidents

    www.abc.net.au Curfew declared for Alice Springs for the next three nights

    The Northern Territory police commissioner has declared a curfew in Alice Springs for the next three nights following a string of violent incidents in the outback town.

    Curfew declared for Alice Springs for the next three nights
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    www.theage.com.au Melbourne Airport agrees to have overground train station

    The announcement ends a stalemate with the state government that had pushed the airport rail link back to 2033.

    Melbourne Airport agrees to have overground train station

    Article text:

    Melbourne Airport has backed down from its demand for an underground station for the airport rail link, ending a stalemate with the Victorian government and clearing the path for the overdue project to proceed.

    The state government has insisted building a station above ground in Tullamarine would be cheaper and faster, and accused the airport of deliberately trying to sink the project, while the airport had argued that an underground station would future-proof the connection.

    But Melbourne Airport has decided to compromise to get the rail link done.

    The Allan government, blaming the stand-off with the airport, delayed the project in May by at least four years to 2033.

    Melbourne Airport is now hopeful the project could be ready by 2030.

    The declaration appears to end the impasse that has put the rail link in doubt for more than a year and leaves the government with no further reason to delay. However, compensation to the airport for the acquisition of the land could become a sticking point.

    The airport expects to receive redress for the use of part of its land, leased from the federal government and which would be acquired by the state. Chief executive Lorie Argus told The Age she hoped this could be easily resolved.

    “We are genuinely empathetic to the challenges that the state is facing. So we want to do that as cost effectively as possible. We’re definitely not going to be difficult in this process,” Argus told The Age on Sunday.

    “We’re going to be really pragmatic and realistic about expectations on the station on our side, and we understand the position they’re in from a cost perspective. Obviously, getting us back on track also means the funding needs to recommence.”

    Melbourne Airport had accused the government of abandoning negotiations in April last year.

    The state government referred the project to a Commonwealth review of infrastructure projects around the country, delaying work and angering MPs in the north-west. Federal Transport Minister Catherine King ultimately ruled it should go ahead.

    The federal and state governments have each committed $5 billion to the project. A business case for the $10 billion to $13 billion project in 2022 considered both above- and below-ground stations.

    Melbourne Airport just last month pledged to continue its fight for an underground station after mediator Neil Scales, who was appointed by the federal government, recommended the station should not be built below ground unless the operators could show it made commercial sense.

    Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Danny Pearson has said a below-ground station would cost billions more, cause more disruptions, and take an extra two years to deliver.

    He has blamed the delays on the airport for pursuing the underground station, which he said did not stack up.

    “We’ve spent three years trying to reach an agreement with the airport, and we’ve been blocked and frustrated at every step of the way by the airport because of its fixation on a below-ground solution,” Pearson told reporters on Friday.

    The airport still prefers an underground station but said it had compromised to support growth when a third runway, awaiting a final sign-off from the Commonwealth, opens in 2030. About 45 million passengers a year are expected to fly through the airport by then.

    Argus said the Scales report had found traffic congestion was worse than the business case predicted in 2022, making the case for the project even stronger.

    “So our view now is we need a public transport link. Victoria needs a public transport link. I think everyone agrees we need a train, and we don’t really want to find ourselves a couple of years down the road still debating our end. We’d rather accept the compromise, move on and make sure it can be delivered.”

    About 18,000 workers also commute to the airport.

    Delays to the rail link have become a sore point for Labor in the western suburbs because of a perception the government has prioritised major infrastructure projects in the east.

    The government, which rebranded the airport rail link “SRL Airport” at the 2022 election, has locked in major works contracts for the $35 billion first leg of the Suburban Rail Loop in the east.

    Deputy Premier Ben Carroll in May declared it was time to get the rail link done and that he would not leave parliament until the promised Keilor East station in his electorate of Niddrie was delivered. Last week, standing alongside Pearson, he announced the government had secured the land for that station “to fix a 100-year access gap” for residents in the north-west without trains.

    The state government is yet to respond to the airport’s compromise. The Age was restricted from contacting third parties, including the government, as part of the announcement.

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