Saturday, March 18, 2017

Westpac jacks up investor rates 0.28%

Anyone staying with @Westpac deserves to get shafted after they raise investor rates 0.28% to pump up profits.

There was NO corresponding RBA move, this is just profit driven.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fed announcement Wednesday the 15th

You never would have thought based on the $US movement that there was a fed meeting tomorrow likely to result in the a 0.25% rate increase for only the 3rd time in a decade......

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hedda Gabler

Just saw the #NTLive production of Hedda Gabler. Isn't technology awesome (live satellite of a play tonight in London).


If you get a chance to see the encore screenings (showing now in a lot of countries around the world) - http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/59687-hedda-gabler I highly reccomend it.

Ruth Wilson is a powerhouse of an actress (though to be honest never heard of her before 2 weeks ago when we saw her on Graham Norton show as publicity for this play).


http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/59687-hedda-gabler

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Strata Schemes "an Australian postal address"

Wow just been told by NSW Fair Trading someone screwed up Nov 2016 update and left the word "Australian" for postal address requirement.

1 in 20 Australians currently live overseas and some of these would most likely be property owners so even though we can have "electronic communications" and attend AGM's via skype or electronic polling.....the AGM notices can ONLY be sent via mail to an Australian registered address according to Strata Schemes Management Act Sec 178

Who do we contact in NSW parliament to get this act changed by legislation and how much is this screwup going to cost taxpayers?

178   Content of strata roll
(1) Information about lots The following information must be recorded in the strata roll in relation to a particular lot in the strata scheme:
(a)  the name of the holder of the estate in fee simple in the lot (in the case of a freehold strata scheme) or the holder of the leasehold estate in the lot (in the case of a leasehold strata scheme),
(b)  an address for service of notices,
(c)  an Australian postal address, and an email address if the holder has one, if not provided as the address for service,
(d)  the name of the holder’s agent (if any) appointed in accordance with this Act and the agent’s address for service of notices,
(e)  information provided under a strata interest notice,
(f)  information provided under a tenancy notice.


lol so you can have an AGM meeting via Skype.....but you have to get the notice about the meeting via Australian post snail mail only....

Electronic communications 
The owners corporation can decide how meetings are to be held and the method of voting.
This includes enabling voting and/or meeting participation through technology such as email, teleconference, video conference calls and the use of voting websites. Pre-meeting electronic voting is another option that owners corporations can choose to allow.



What a mess.......


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Intel Atom C2000

Ugh,,,, these chips are in everything
:(


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/03/netgear_recalling_hardware_with_bad_intel_atoms/


Asked whether Intel's flawed chip was to blame, a Netgear spokesperson told The Register, "We're not naming the vendor but it sounds as if you've done your research."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/03/netgear_recalling_hardware_with_bad_intel_atoms/



Wednesday, March 01, 2017

FCC OK’s First Unlicensed LTE in 5 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission this morning announced that it had “just authorized the first LTE-U—LTE for unlicensed—devices in the 5 GHz band.” This was according to a tweet from @FCC on Twitter, and soon after, a rare blog post from Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC Office of Engineering & Technology.

I love this quote.....
"Coexist is hilarious. You can teach a canary and a cat to coexist, but you use up a lot of canaries".

So for anyone running office networks etc....having trouble with your 5ghz wifi range......might want to keep an eye out for a box that looks like this.



What you are supposed to do about it when you find it.....who knows, not my problem, call the FCC  (and shield your nuts while you wait for them to do something) I guess.



Cheers,
Dean
 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Coffin Club

Article in todays NYT about a group of retirees forming "coffin club" in NZ for the ultimate DIY

- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/world/australia/new-zealand-diy-coffins.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0


Roger Terry and his wife, Grace, have little interest in quilting, fishing or book clubs. Instead, they meet with other retired friends each Tuesday at a disused sports center to build coffins, a hobby that has gathered followers across New Zealand.
“We have a heap of fun,” said Grace Terry, 77, a former nurse in Hawke’s Bay, on the North Island of New Zealand. “I’ve seen people come alive making their own coffins.”



In case you are thinking "pine box" check out this snazzy custom build.


Inspirational :)




Sunday, February 19, 2017

#Homeland


Terrorist shooting incident in downtown brooklyn ......just kidding, they are filming #Homeland

Though seriously wow at how long standing around for 10 seconds of firing guns and car screeches etc......


Jodie has a video of the action here - https://www.facebook.com/collins.jodie/videos/1340714709325226

Australian property gains tax changes?

Reading this article - https://pfh007.com/2017/02/16/budget-2017-plans-to-cut-the-cgt-concession-not-likely/comment-page-1/#comment-651


Anyone think if they remove or reduce the 50% discount on housing......that they will still apply the 50% discount for shares and investments other than property?
(eg only 25% discount on property investments for 12-60 months increasing up to 50% on property investments more than 5+ years)


Thoughts?