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Сходил в интернеты, почитал.

Такое странное ощущение, что какой-то shit just happened.

Это просто праздник какой-то!

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В целях модернизации железнодорожной сети Сиднея предлагаю правительству срочно рассмотреть возможность закупки партии подобных транспортных средств.

ЗЫ — говорят, это не фотошоп, а экспериментальный электромобиль в некотором роде.

Все чудесатее и странноватее

Дорогие соучаснеги, пока мы тут с вами ломаем копья о так называемую систему интернет-фильтрации, которая все равно нихера работать не будет, правительство NSW, окзывается, задумало капитально улучшить транспортное сообщение с западом Сиднея.

Чтобы всем все стало поездато, они придумали новшество — заменить двухэтажные поезда одноэтажными. И даже обоснование этому придумали, в них, дескать, народ будет запихиваться гораздо быстрее и посему стоянку поезда на станции можно будет сократить, а значит, поезда будут ходить быстрее!

Ну, в связи с этим все поезда с запада будут приходить на Central, посему все белые воротнички (если такие вообще останутся к тому времени) будут гудящей толпой бежать на пересадку.

Вот теперь я действиетльно в ахуе.

KRudd to filter Internet. Are they serious or just want to saw the budget?

-Why did they build the Great Wall of China?
-To keep rabbits away!

Ok, that does not seem a joke anymore. Even news.com.au finally popped a little note about it — Australian government is really pushing forward its plan to implement compulsory content filtering in internet.

In press releases available they mention that there will be two levels of content filtering — the one that filters «adult» material (remember previous government testing it and apparently failed?), which could be opt-out and the second compulsory filter which is supposed to block «illegal» material.

There is very interesting detail — they are ready to spend (or should I say «waste») more than $40 mil on this. Waste because they don’t know what really are they going to block and don’t give a shit how an whether it is going to work at all! Two weeks ago they claimed it would be only child pornography that will be blocked, one week ago they added mysterious «illegal materials» to the list, today they say «euthanasia and anorexia» will be banned. Personally I don’t give a shit if they block this indeed, but I think the idea of leaving to some unknown person to decide what is illegal and what is not is ill. And those who come up with such idea are mentally sick and should be banned from society before they implement any of their crazy plans.

Another interesting detail — it won’t work. They’ll waste these money for what is not going to work at all. Providing that they are not going to build an iron curtain around the country. Let me not to go deep into technical details, just believe me — it will just reduce internet speed to the bottom, will not filter half of so-called «illegal» sites and have a high rate of false positives.

So why the government is so insane about getting that done? They want to protect our fragile minds from horrible contents of anorexia sites or what? Or, which is more likely, they want to build a base to outlaw P2P file sharing? Or, which is ever more likely, someone really wants to get 44 mil of our money for free? In one very corrupted country this is called «to saw the budget»

From my point of view, there are way more things in the country that urgently need those 44 mils. Public transport, hospitals, education, any other infrastructure, at the end. But this government does something weird — they gave 35 millions of taxpayers money to Toyota, then went forward with controversial desalination plant, then want to «protect us» by giving 44 millions to mysterious «internet filter» inventors, and it seems there are more to come.

So dear Kevin, aren’t you afraid of that by trying to keep rabbits away, you may really get there?

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Кажется, самое время покупать акции 3M. Оказывается, если отклевить скотч в вакууме, то скотч начинает испускать рентгеновское излучение.
Куда только катится мир!

С ужасом ждем рецепта приготовления ядреной мины из степлера и адронного коллайдера из скрепки.

Маразм — это заболевание, передающееся воздушно-капельным путем.

Сегодня получил этому очередное подтверждение.

В вечерней порции старообрядного спама обнаружилась местная деревенская газета, в которой помимо истории о том, посылал или нет министр труда официанта кафе куда либо, и если посылал, то не на хуй ли случайно, оказалась весьма занимательная и не менее злободневная заметка.

Я уже высказывал свое отношение к так называемой проблеме «Глобального потепления ™». Если кто не в курсе, то эта проблема настолько серьезна, что правительства в скором времени просто вынуждены будут взимать так называемый «налог на выбросы C02» во всех производителей оного, что, несомненно, моментально приведет к тому, что в Альпах снег будет идти два года не прекращаясь, слой льда в Антарктиде испугается и наберет вес, а пустыня Сахара зазеленеет. Возможно, уровень океана еще испугается и упадет нахрен за компанию, но об этом пока не говорят.

Австралийское правительство,

The future is very fucking expensive!

Chaser’s team did it once again!

Only the dead does not talk about soaring petrol prices these days. 1.70 per liter of unleaded mixed with ethanol (Folks! There is far more better application for C2H5OH!) is not a joke anymore. Last week TV showed how overcrowded public transport was struggling with rapidly increased number of commuters; and I especially remember an interview they took from a man who complained he could not afford to drive his V8 to work anymore. Sure, that’s the real issue.

And what is government doing? I’d say «nothing», but that would not be true as they are really up to something. Something, that Chaser’s team explained in just a few words

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And future is very fucking expensive!

О растущих ценах на пинзин в последнее время треплются многие, если не все вообще. У нас тут уже видели цену в 1.70 за литр. Причем E-10 го (это 92-й с 10% этанола. Сволочи!).

Граждане, естественно, недовольны. Вот тут недавно по телевизору показали чудовищные (аж из 20 человек) очереди на автобус и даже взяли интервью у участников одной их очередей. Один гражданин рассказал леденящую кровь историю о том, что он больше не может позволить себе ездить на работу на своем персональном автомобиле с V8.

Правительство же делает все возможное, дабы успокоить общественность. Ну, занимается какой-то такой хуйней, что я даже затрудняюсь понять, держат ли они нас за полных далбаепов или они сами ими и являются. Впрочем, это, похоже, относится к любому правительству в любой стране в любое время. К счастью, те самые отморозки, что катались вокруг отеля Буша на машине с Усамой внутри, сняли короткий ролик, объясняющий поведение правительства на 110%. Внимание, ю-туб!

А ведь и в самом деле,

Rudd killed electric car?

Great news, everybody! We will pay 35*10^6 bucks to Toyota so they can possibly start delivering Camry Hybrid by maybe 2010. They promising outstanding fuel economy — only 5.7 liters/100 km! Woohaa, we saved!

What a joke. You know, these days there are plenty of cars around that have about the same thirst, for instance, my Civic 2007 (not a hybrid, thanks God!) only takes 6.5-7.0/100 km (and I am not joking!), not mentioning dozens of diesel cars freely available on the today market that can run 100km on even less than 5 liters offering truckloads of torque at the same moment. I simply don’t see the point of building hybrids — they are at least as twice as complex as average modern petrol car, they still have that mistake called Internal Combustion Engine under the bonnet, what from engineer’s point of view is nothing else but a joke — several hundreds moving parts, dozens of sensors, neutralizers, computers built for the only purpose to convert less than 20% of energy concluded in fuel into the move (another 80% are simply heating the environment), in addition all this zoo of «state of art technologies» requires once-a-10K oil change, toxic coolant, timing belts, spark plugs and counting. Simply get rid of it, use the space and weight saved to put extra batteries and you get emission free vehicle that costs almost nothing to run, requires almost no maintenance and is easy and fun to drive. How about 300 N*M at zero rpm? That’s what electric vehicle (EV) is.

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Somersby tragedy — they found who to blame

It has been only a year since a part of the major road on Central Coast collapsed in a heavy rain, claiming five lives and only two months since only a miracle prevented even possible worse when part of Woy Woy road was washed away, and we finally know who is responsible for those deaths.

Of course, ladies and gentleman, not surprisingly it is the driver. He was pissed off (0.002 over the limit) and might have possibly smoked «some substance» some time before. Thanks God, we all know that driver simply was drunk and therefore did not notice the gap until very late.

What a bunch of crap, I think. Whole 0.002 over the limit! Did anyone notice any reference on how accurate that blood alcohol test is? But regardless, in the first turn they did not hit the power pole that crossed the road, they did not park in the tree — they drowned in a river of dirty water in the same spot where a road was supposed to be, and, which does not make it any easier for those who really responsible for road collapse, the drainage issue was known well before and the collapse was completely preventable. But nothing has been done. The driver might be drunk but isn’t his and four other people death a bit too severe punishment for not predicting what should and could be prevented?

Living in Australia, we are relatively lucky — we don’t get black ice on the road (awesome feeling of sudden and total loss of control, a fresh change of pants may be required, if you were lucky), we don’t have six months of snowfalls, limiting visibility to tens of meters, the roads are mostly built on rocks instead of swamps, there are still plenty of room for new road (opposed to crowded Europe). The only we need is to build a road and make sure that when rain finally falls, it will go into sewage alone, without taking the asphalt with it. It is as simple as it is and not a rocket science at all — I bet building the house on the slope may be much more challenging than constructing a road. But why the hell things like this still happen? What are they waiting for? For a school bus full of children, sorry, don’t even want to think about that.

They have got their whipping boy, but why should we even care about who to blame? There is nothing we can help them or their families, there is only one question that should be asked — what has been done to stop roads from being flushed away in a country suffering from worst ever drought? Woy Woy road makes me think that very little indeed…

I am very, very frustrated, ladies and gentlemen.

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