Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Metric vs Imperial

To all my USA friends, repeat after me...... 60x60cm tile does NOT equal 24x24in

No i dont care what it says on the box !!!!! Would you move this POS country to metric for freaking sake. !!!!!

We didnt have a challenger shuttle disaster here today but yes we did have an expensive mistake here this morning :(

Monday, June 19, 2017

Living anywhere but Sydney is camping out

I've said it before and i'll say it again, there will not be a USA style housing crash in Australian property.
1/ Most USA loans are non-recourse
2/ People in the USA relocate far more often for work (think a bucket where water sloshes from one side to the other). There are over 100+ tier 1 cities in the USA and people will move about on a regular basis (not talking the collapse of Detroit style....just regular moving from NY to Atlanta for a new job style).


The closest thing we in Australia have is the mining boom/collapse in Perth where miners/construction people have vacated Perth to move east to take up construction jobs in "infrastructure" projects causing rents to fall. But there is no way that 30% of Sydneysiders are moving to Perth in the next 24 months.......no matter how bad the economy gets in Sydney. -


http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/property-prices-in-capital-cities-tick-up-20170619-gwts7h.html


http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/property-prices-in-capital-cities-tick-up-20170619-gwts7h.html

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Location checkin using QR codes


Neat qr code use (location checkin) – www.doggernyc.com just saw this video and thought it might interest some of you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flnOyBT8a-g

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Senator Brandis decides he wants to outlaw maths

Yet again another govt thinks that they can outlaw maths.


If i'm Hezbollah, Isis, Jemaah Islamiyah or Eesa and i want to communicate via encrypted messages.....you can use off the shelf tools that make it impossible to crack without massive amounts of super computer time and this is all done with Simple Maths.


So Brandis......why dont you come clean and tell people this isnt about terrorism but its about surveillance of the population.
- http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/how-the-turnbull-government-plans-to-access-encrypted-messages-20170609-gwoge0.html


You cocked up the NBN and pretty much everything else in the last few years, why should i trust you with this?


I wouldnt trust you with my lunch money let alone access to every social media account in the world.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Australian annual budget review

I was at the New York version of this talk last night - http://www.smats.net/media/budgetseminar.aspx

http://www.smats.net/media/budgetseminar.aspx


Lots of interesting nuggets of information in the slide deck. Especially the Tasmania "jump".
Not sure if any of you ever saw the tv show Fat Pig Farm, but if you didn’t try and seek it out, shows the “foodie” side of Tasmania so wondering if people moving there are “grey wanderers” looking for a cheaper lifestyle than Melbourne/Sydney.
I’ve also seen some people here on Property Chat talking about yields etc and with such a small market its easy to tip it to overload quickly so might be over before it even starts etc

Disagreed with Steve about the "inland rail" being a white elephant, like I've said here before ruralisation of Australia is the only thing that can take the pressure off Sydney/Melbourne property prices.

Anyway hopefully some of you find it of interest.


Friday, June 02, 2017

Disappointed in Forza 6 local multi player

So recently Jodie bought me an Xbox One (long story....plenty of you have heard the joke).

We recently hooked it up to play Forza6 game and after using /r/xboxone/ to find out how to do "head to head split screen racing" (as not really obvious) only to find out that there are no other bots in the race against each of you ???

Am I missing something basic? or is XboxOne really that badly designed?

I've been really dissapointed in the co-opt selection of games and the basic gameplay on even marqee titles.

Have Microsoft designers forgotten that couches mainly sit 3 to 4 people.....or are they that nerdy they only have "online friends" for multiplayer?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Noora Noor

I'm #NowListening to Noora Noor - Forget What I Said

What a find.....never heard of her until recently and bought the cd from Amazon - http://amzn.to/2rhNiQF

Looks like she only released 2 cd's even though she sounds awesome.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sovereign bankruptcy

Interesting article.....(and hopefully should explain to my Australian friends why Australian property isnt a bubble compared to the USA-but thats a side note).


The bigger issues are countries/cities/states claiming bankruptcy.


https://mishtalk.com/2017/05/26/chicago-population-shrinks-most-in-entire-us-berwyn-cicero-and-peoria-worse-per-capita-high-taxes-1-reason


Bankruptcy protection should ONLY be offered after all assets are sold off.


Too many states/cities love to borrow borrow borrow but then want to claim bankruptcy whilst still retaining valuable assets.


Doesn’t matter if we are talking Greece, Puerto Rico or Illinois….. you should only be able to claim bankruptcy after ALL assets have been sold off to pay debtors.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#ManchesterBombing

I hate to be a bummer.....but seeing no one else is pointing out the irony about what sort of person kills innocent children - i dont know but we gave one of them a Nobel Peace Prize


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Nobel_Peace_Prize  


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/09/america-dropped-26171-bombs-2016-obama-legacy


In 2016 alone Obama dropped 26,171 bombs.....but we seem to care only about "one" that went off in Manchester last night.


I feel for any parent who lost their child on Monday night.....but it never ceases to amaze me that we never seem to ask....Why?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Twitters Terms and Condition changes

Heads up on Twitters new T&C's.

They are now tracking your mobile phone movements
They are now tracking your browsing movements.

Uhm pass, uncheck and hit save.