Pessimism–a short rant

Originally from my Facebook, May 2017.

Gee, I can’t imagine why this generation is so pessimistic. It’s not like this generation is constantly being lectured about how privileged we are by a generation who (to use a sweeping generalisation) abuse negative gearing, own all the media, sell our natural resources tax-free, pollute our atmosphere, ship our tertiary-industry jobs to primary-industry cities (APVMA) and complain that we aren’t generous enough, cut penalty rates during a period of record profit, plant sycophants in our public institutions, cut their own taxes with whatever money they have left that would normally be taxed being shipped off to George Town, and now they are legitimately confused as to why we don’t want university fees to rise by 7.5% when their fees were – quite literally, without exaggeration or hyperbole – 100% lower than this generation’s.

But no, unlike those oppressed millionaires who just want a bit of relief, we’re the overly privileged paleo-pear-and-banana-bread slamming, parent’s-house-dwelling, dole bludging, 2-PC-4-me Generation Y.

The Xbox One’s television-gimmick was unfairly dismissed.

Back at E3 2013, everyone pooh-poohed the Xbox One. Perhaps it was the TV, TV, TV, TV, sports, sports, television, television, TV, sports. 

“Xbox is about to become the next watercooler.”

After all, it’s supposed to be about the games, right? Surely a box under the TV that can do everything you need should only play bloody games, right?

Almost five years later, I decided to drop the ~$300 on an Xbox One S. I didn’t buy it to play games though. I had recently read in The Verge that Kodi had been ported to it and released in the Microsoft Store.

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Comic plot hole #1

“i scares people lmao”


From a friend:

“So like Scarecrow has this gas that shows you your worst fears but like what happens if your worst fear is being sprayed by Scarecrow’s gas? Do you get stuck in a loop?”

Checkmate DC.

Section 116

CC-BY: Con Tassios

For the benefit of people who believe that their religious beliefs trumps the civil rights of everyone else in a secular state, or believe that giving people civil rights will somehow limit their civil rights, I’ve posted a copy of Section 116 of the Constitution followed by some simple analysis of what it means.

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Media reform deals will reduce diversity and amount to little more than window dressing

The latest reforms will do nothing to prevent further concentration of Australia’s media landscape.

This article was originally published on The Conversation by its author Tim Dwyer, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney. Read the original article.

The breakthrough in negotiations with the Senate crossbenchers that the government has been chipping away at over media reform has finally arrived.

The deregulatory legislation, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, required 38 votes to pass the Senate, where the Coalition controls 29 votes. It had already secured the support of three crossbenchers and four One Nation senators, but was waiting for just two votes to get it over the line – until Nick Xenophon did the deal.

After protracted negotiations with Xenophon and his NXT party, the Coalition has arrived at a quid pro quo deal that sees the repeal of the remaining cross-media diversity rules, after the government agreed to NXT’s proposal to introduce funding grants for small and regional publishers. Clearly, though, they are not the “substantial quid pro quo” for public interest journalism that Xenophon has trumpeted, which had previously included tax breaks.

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How to ditch Microsoft Word and live a much happier life.

Seriously, Word should die in a hot fire.

Microsoft Word is an artefact of a bygone era. It was designed to layout text for print. Generally speaking, most people don’t print anymore. Printers suck anyway. Word is also proprietary, and is thus not interoperable. For a program that people use just to store text, the amount of crap inside a .docx file is astonishing. As someone who doesn’t have Word installed, sending me a .docx file is useless. Not everyone has Word. The few people that don’t either don’t use an Office suite, use Google Docs, or use neither. They are the kind of people who still think Windows has a 23-character limit on file names. Ideally, the replacement would be PDF, which is open source and is ubiquitous on any operating system that can run a modern browser (both Chrome and Firefox have PDF readers built in). However, PDFs have the same problem of being designed with print in mind and they can’t be edited as easily as Word files. Summon Markdown.
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Fans of ‘Seeker Daily’ revolt, take over abandoned Twitter account

This article was originally posted on Rich Uncle Rupert in 2017. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Two days ago, I wrote of the abandonment of the NowThis YouTube channel. A group of fans have taken over the Twitter account of the channel’s predecessor — Seeker Daily.

It seems that the Twitter handle @SeekerDaily was made available at some point in early May — the original account was likely deleted or renamed. However, the descriptions of a large portion of Seeker Daily’s back catalogue continue to link to this now-fan run account.

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