- Why are Sydney buses still going up in flames and what can be done about it? | Sydney | The Guardian:
For all buses in 2020, the majority of fire and thermal incidents (57%) originated in the wheel well area, while 26% originated in the engine bay and 17% in the body. Over half were caused by brake issues followed by electrical and mechanical faults.
- $13 billion in JobKeeper payments went to companies that saw increased revenue in 2020, according to new data | Business Insider:
The analysis found that around 195,381 businesses, which were expected to lose revenue and were therefore eligible for JobKeeper, recorded rises in turnover for the six months compared to the same period in 2019.Thirteen. Billion. To put this in perspective, Robodebt was launched with a goal to recoup less than one billion; and actually recouped about $179 million (they spent $606m to recoup $785m)... before they ended up paying $1.3 billion in damages because the scheme had caused so much harm. But lose $13b to big business and they won't even discuss the idea that they should recoup any of it.
- JobKeeper went to thousands of companies whose turnover tripled at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic - ABC News (includes a more conservative estimate that the scheme wasted $6b)
- Gerry Harvey is everything that's wrong with JobKeeper:
If anyone enjoying an unprecedented sales boom could – days later – pull a catastrophic sales forecast out of his arse, it's Gerry Harvey, obviously. But the mere fact he was able to do so and bank millions of JobKeeper – in full compliance with the law! – tells you everything you need to know about the negligent design of Frydenberg's scheme.
- Ali Brigginshaw criticises communication around NRLW postponement as men's players' families are relocated to Queensland - ABC News
- Coronavirus Ventilation: A New Way to Think About Air - The Atlantic:
If we are to live with this coronavirus forever—as seems very likely—some scientists are now pushing to reimagine building ventilation and clean up indoor air. We don't drink contaminated water. Why do we tolerate breathing contaminated air?
- F-35 program's future uncertain owing to design flaws, parts shortages and cost blowouts - ABC News
- Parental burnout: how juggling kids and work in a global pandemic brought us to the brink | Parents and parenting | The Guardian:
A poll carried out by Savanta ComRes earlier this year found that 45% of parents feel burned out, while a study by Oxford university found levels of stress, anxiety and depression rose in parents and carers during the pandemic lockdowns.
- Biden to Sign Executive Order Granting Farmers Right to Repair Protections - VICE:
Psaki did not provide many specifics, but it seems as though this specific executive order would be focused on farmers, who for years have struggled to repair their tractors and other farm equipment due to software used by companies like John Deere that lock farmers out of their own equipment. John Deere and its competitors have used agricultural trade groups to lobby against right to repair legislation and eventually agreed to offer a watered-down version of it in hopes of killing the movement altogether. Deere did not follow through with its obligations under even that watered-down agreement, which gave the movement new urgency, as Motherboard reported earlier this year.
- Huge goldfish found in Minnesota lake as officials warn against dumping pets into public waters - The Washington Post:
Also known by the scientific name Carassius auratus, goldfish can live to be 25 years old, weigh as much as four pounds and measure well over a foot long. They're also surprisingly resilient: They can survive in severe conditions and can weather winters in bodies of water that have frozen over, living for months without oxygen.
- Gun resembling Lego toy sparks backlash in US - BBC News:
A US gun company is facing a backlash for producing a pistol that looks like a children's toy made of Lego. [...] It is illegal in the US to produce a children's toy that precisely resembles a real gun, but the laws do not explicitly prevent manufacturers from making a gun that resembles a toy.
- The cost of buying a home has increased by 130 per cent over two generations and Generation X is bearing the debt burden - ABC News
- Universe 25: The Mouse "Utopia" Experiment That Turned Into An Apocalypse | IFLScience
- WATCH: Unpaid Contractor Wrecks New German Apartments With Excavator:
A general contractor in Germany caused nearly $600,000 worth of damage to a luxury apartment complex because he believed the developer owed him around $5.8 million in outstanding debts. People with earthmoving equipment have somewhat direct negotiation tactics available.
- Top Fuel Australia forms breakaway championship. Australian top fuel has a surprising amount of drama and intrigue for such a small field. 1320 vs 1000, ANDRA vs IHRA, now a breakaway comp...
- Walls Are Back - The Atlantic:
Personal space is finally back in style, but re-creating it after two decades of its destruction is hardly a straightforward task.
- 'The Australian people had their chance': finance minister dismisses criticism of Coalition's car park fund | Australian politics | The Guardian:
Simon Birmingham has dismissed criticism of the Coalition's discredited commuter car park fund, declaring that “the Australian people had their chance and voted the government back in”.Naked, unashamed rorting.
- Feral deer in the headlines: Australia's 'slow-moving plague' is finally being noticed | Invasive species | The Guardian
- Iceland's four-day working week trials an 'overwhelming success', report finds - ABC News:
the initiative helped increase productivity, and led to an overall improvement in workers' wellbeing
- Australia is paying hundreds of millions to AstraZeneca for COVID-19 vaccines. But the deal is a 'national security' secret - ABC News:
Gavin Hayman, the executive director of global advocacy group Open Contracting, said Australia's blanket suppression of the deal was striking and at odds with other nations.
- 'Team Trump' launched its alternative social media site to fanfare. It looks like it's already failed - ABC News:
a murky world of make-believe and fancy dress, where every other account is selling commemorative MAGA coins or knock-off Viagra ... A flood of imposters, grifters and Sonic the Hedgehog
- Senior business figures turned to former PM Kevin Rudd to intervene in bringing forward Australia's Pfizer vaccine supply
Senior Pfizer executives told the businessman that if Australia was to make a more serious effort, after its treatment at the hands of relatively junior bureaucrats, it would have to come from much higher up, expressing their astonishment that Prime Minister Scott Morrison had not directly spoken to the Pfizer chairman and chief executive Albert Bourla, as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had done on multiple occasions. The executives suggested that, in the absence of Mr Morrison, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd — who was known to them because of his work in the United States as head of the New York-based Asia Society — may have some influence.The spin since then has been about denying it had any influence, but that's not really the point. For the incumbent PM, it's an incredible demonstration that at least some Australian business high flyers are taking matters into their own hands. The attitude from Pfizer ("send us your leader or you don't get jabs") is particularly questionable when you combine it with the whole circus about the deal being a national security risk. The whole situation has a pretty big smell to it.
- English police hunting cannabis farm instead uncover Bitcoin mine - ABC News:
"We heard how lots of people were visiting the unit at different times of day, lots of wiring and ventilation ducts were visible, and a police drone picked up a considerable heat source from above," West Midlands Police said in a statement.Life imitates meme.
- Christian Porter agrees to discontinue defamation court case against ABC | Christian Porter | The Guardian:
Christian Porter has dropped his defamation case against the ABC, but has sought to claim victory despite failing to secure an apology or retraction from the public broadcaster.
- Why is there such a disparity among teams in the NRL this season? - ABC News:
The NRL has come under recent fire following a horror injury toll across the game. Some teams have been luckier than others, but it just happens that the bottom three teams are among several others that have a concerning number of men sitting on the sideline. ... St George Illawarra Dragons half-back Ben Hunt says the rules aren't creating less stoppage as anticipated but are certainly creating more casualties.
- 'A grant or a bribe?': MP questions John Barilaro in parliament over $50,000 funding request | New South Wales politics | The Guardian:
Another email sent by the deputy director-general of the Department of Primary Industries, Kate Lorimer-Ward, in January this year, recorded that the grant had been specifically directed by Barilaro.
- The Australian club to remain open to only male members:
Another member, who has been at the club for over a decade, expressed concerns not only on male exclusivity, but also the racial profile of membership, which remains dominated by Australians of Anglo-Saxon heritage.Prime Ministers, judges, powerful businessmen... this is where they go. Little wonder Australia's public discourse remains stuck somewhere in the 1950s at best.
- Friendlyjordies producer charged with stalking NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro - ABC News:
Xenophon Davis, lawyers acting for Mr Shanks's team, disputed the NSW Police version of events, labelling the arrest of Mr Langker "highly alarming". "We are highly disturbed by misinformation that police appear to have acted upon," the firm's partner Mark Davis said in a statement. "We have the video of the interaction with the Deputy Premier and it does not appear to accord with the police facts."
- Why I donated to friendlyjordies' legal defence fund - Kevin Rudd:
Langker's lawyer Mark Davis – himself a Gold Walkley winning journalist – has described the arrest as a “shocking abuse of power”. Nicholas Cowdery QC – the state's director of public prosecutions for 16 years – questioned why the FPIU was involved when Langker was not threatening “possible terrorism”. Having watched the footage myself, I find it disturbing. What's more, the account relied on by police is alleged to be riddled with false claims about Langker's behaviour that are not borne out on video.
- Five quick questions about Barnaby Joyce returning as deputy prime minister - ABC News:
Joyce resigned his role as deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals in 2018. He was accused of sexual harassment by former WA Rural Woman of the Year Catherine Marriott. [...] It wasn't the only scandal in Joyce's rocky first tilt at the job. There were revelations he had an affair with his former staffer Vikki Campion. [...] Political observers believe Joyce's return to the leadership could threaten any move to lock in a formal target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
- NSW Covid update: Sydney's mask mandate 'likely' to be extended as two new cases recorded | Australia news | The Guardian:
Gladys Berejiklian is urging people to remain vigilant, saying latest coronavirus cluster has spread from 'scarily' fleeting contactNo lockdown though, despite epidemiologists calling for one... they waited for days knowing perfectly well that people would ignore the mask request.
- Barnaby Joyce shifts old foes and rewards Bridget McKenzie and Andrew Gee in Nationals ministerial reshuffle | National party | The Guardian. Sports Rorts McKenzie is back within the same term she had to resign. Absolutely no accountability any more.
Deleted scenes from The Teriminator are pretty fascinating. They explain why Reese and Sarah end up at *that* specific place in the end, not to mention this entire unused ending that basically bridges this movie and the sequel together. pic.twitter.com/NHlrxFUkeq— 𝔸𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕠𝕝𝕪 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕤𝕙𝕜𝕚𝕟💾 (@dosnostalgic) June 1, 2021
- First home buyers tap the bank of mum and dad:
just over 60 per cent of first home buyers are receiving financial assistance from their parents. DFA figures show that total lending by parents makes them the ninth-largest mortgage lender, just behind Suncorp BankHard to see how housing affordability will ever recover, it's so cooked. Policy makers don't care as they're the ones sitting on multiple investment properties.
How broken is copyright law in America? This broken:
...a cease and desist I could understand. Seizing the damn car?! Completely fucked.
- The Mortifying Ordeal of Pairing All Day:
From 2014 to 2020 I was part of an experiment: I paired all day, most days, for years. Hundreds of other engineers joined me in this experiment. I was working as a software engineer for Pivotal, in Cloud Foundry R&D, and everyone paired, often for eight hours a day. This was one of the best things I've ever done for myself, socially and emotionally, and it produced some great software. It also burned me out.I have occasionally done all-day pairing and it is exhausting. It is lots of positive things too, but I don't think it's permanently sustainable for most people.
- Long Before Tesla, The Comuta Was America's Favorite EV
- Security Researchers Hack A Tesla From A Drone
- Freenode IRC staff quit after new owner "seizes" control of network | Boing Boing
- Frontline: satirical skewering of TV current affairs programs is still uncomfortably relevant | Culture | The Guardian:
When this behind-the-scenes look at a fictional current affairs show debuted in 1994, its mockumentary-inspired style and pointed caricature of sensationalist reporting was a relative novelty on local screens. Today, Frontline feels like the older, antipodean cousin to The Office and Veep, with insights into how the TV news sausage is made that remain depressingly relevant.
- Defence declares war on political correctness, bans morning teas aimed at inclusion and diversity - ABC News:
[events] such as morning teas where personnel are encouraged to wear particular clothes in celebration are not required and should cease....he's pictured in his dress uniform.
- A Year in the Metabolist Future of 1972 - Failed Architecture:
Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower is an exemplary expression of this vocabulary. However, from the moment of its completion in 1972, the utopian structure was a fascinating yet wholly anachronistic remnant of a past future, struggling to survive. In 2013, we had the opportunity to live there for almost a year, to share the experience of everyday life in the building with its remaining residents.(in 2021 it's slated for demolition as it is simply too far into disrepair)
- Google Pixel 6 will make photography more inclusive — and that's worth celebrating | Tom's Guide
- Write Better: The Coyote, the Road Runner, Sympathy, and Craft as the Art of Constraint | Snip, Burn, Solder Blog:
the earliest instance of the Rules swelling beyond the Canonical Nine traces back to its *first* online incarnation back in 1999, which includes this 10th Rule: (Rule 10.) The audience's sympathy must remain with the Coyote. This isn't in Chuck's Nine Rules because it's something he explains a few pages earlier in his memoir, while setting up the discussion of the Coyote-Road Runner Rules.
- Scientists Grow Mouse Embryos in a Mechanical Womb - The New York Times (bring on the uterine replicators, say Bujold readers)
- 'Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination': the scientists turning the desert green | Environment | The Guardian
- First home buyers urged to proceed with caution as Sydney's housing surge continues - ABC News. Basically potential first home buyers are being told not to buy property.
- Stranding of Ever Given in Suez canal was foreseen by many | Suez canal | The Guardian and Wind ... or worse: was pilot error to blame for the Suez blockage? | Oceans | The Guardian
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- SA Premier denies 'deliberate' data collection through Liberal Party's NationBuilder campaign software - ABC News
- Skepticism and a shrug: Cubans greet the end of 62 years of Castro rule | Cuba | The Guardian
- Feeling Blah During the Pandemic? It's Called Languishing - The New York Times:
It wasn't burnout — we still had energy. It wasn't depression — we didn't feel hopeless. We just felt somewhat joyless and aimless. It turns out there's a name for that: languishing. Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you're muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.
- Brexit: 71 pages of paperwork for 1 lorry of fish - BBC News:
Mr Samways says he initially felt "extremely prepared" for Brexit, but was surprised by the "excessive" amount of paperwork required.
- The epistemology of software quality – Increment: Teams:
Work-life balance and wellness impact us in a subtler way than technical practices do. It’s easy to point to a bug and say, “This couldn’t have happened in Rust.” It’s a lot harder to point to a bug and say, “This wouldn’t have happened if the programmer wasn’t stressed out and sleep-deprived.” There’s no feedback loop that pushes developers away from too much stress and too little sleep.
- Ask Adam Savage: Origin of "I Reject Your Reality ..." - YouTube and The Origin of “The Only Difference Between Screwing Around and Science Is Writing It Down” - Tested
- John Deere Promised Farmers It Would Make Tractors Easy to Repair. It Lied.:
It is now three years later. The agreement is supposed to be in effect. No right to repair legislation has been passed. Deere, the dealers, and the manufacturers got what they wanted. And, yet, farmers are still struggling to get anything promised in the agreement. [...] Like cars, farm equipment is increasingly controlled by an elaborate and complex web of computer sensors. When one of these sensors notices an error, no matter how small or serious, it puts the machine into “limp mode.” This allows farmers to move the machine slowly but not operate it fully. When the problem is diagnosed and repaired, the error code is cleared and the machine can keep working. The problem is that farmers often don’t have access to the diagnostic software and repair tools they need to make the fix.
- Australian coffee growers get innovative to encourage consumers to drink local - ABC News. A bit heavy handed to put it on consumers, since it's expensive and hard to find. Also when it can only supply about 0.5% of the market in Australia, the cost argument is not just about labour it's about economy of scale. But we should be growing that market all the same.
- Bitcoin is a mouth hungry for fossil fuels – Ketan Joshi:
The implication with much of the focus on Bitcoin's energy consumption is simply that it isn't worth it. It is hard to disagree, unless you are literally invested in it. There is absolutely no other industry that consumes this much power while only giving back to society sea-lioning men on Twitter. [...] If Bitcoin mining is consuming ‘stranded’ renewables, it is holding back a more efficient grid and slowing down fossil displacement. If it’s consuming ‘stranded’ fossil fuels, it’s creating greenhouse gas emissions, and causing climate change (which is real, you know). There is no worse time in history for an energy-hungry, low-benefit industry that has a specific thirst for fossil fuels, underneath layers of greenwashing. Tomorrow will be an even worse time, as will the day after.
- 'The ketamine blew my mind': can psychedelics cure addiction and depression? | Health & wellbeing | The Guardian:
What was once a fringe research interest has become the foundation of a new kind of healthcare, one that, for the first time in modern psychiatric history, purports to not only treat but actually cure mental ill health.
- Murray Walker, commentator once known as the voice of Formula 1, dies at 97 - ABC News. Absolutely was the voice of F1, particularly in the earlier years when I was still learning how the sport worked. Lovely tribute here - Formula 1 on Twitter: ""It was never work to Murray, it was never just commentating, it was simply telling the world about something he loved." Murray Walker remembered...
- The children of gods: how power works in Australia:
It's often said that the eye-watering fees paid for places at some of Australia's elite non-government schools are an investment in a child's future social network, far more than in their academic future. ... And when you have leaders drawn from a very narrow, privileged background, that has serious ramifications – both in terms of understanding of sexual consent and beyond. ... Grattan’s chief executive, Danielle Wood, can cite innumerable examples, from childcare to superannuation to homelessness, where women are relatively disadvantaged.
- The story behind that photo of the Pinto in front of the Mt. St Hellens Eruption | Hemmings (dunno how reliable this is, but hey)
- Tucows closes its once-popular software download site | Engadget. End of an era. They handled it very well though.
- 51 Brutalist House Exteriors That Will Make You Love Concrete Architecture
- Kerry O'Brien rejects Australia Day honour in protest against Margaret Court's award | Honours system | The Guardian
- Anger management: study suggests lack of fans has made players calmer | Football | The Guardian:
On average, the study found that there were 19.5% fewer “emotional” incidents, such as arguments or altercations, in matches without fans. The results also showed a stark decline in interactions involving the referee.The lack of crowd also reduced the "home advantage" and changed how many goals were scored.
- What is GameStop, where do the memes come in, and who is winning or losing? | Stock markets | The Guardian
- White supremacists chanting in The Grampians draws the anger of locals - ABC News
- 'In digital, the right-wing material is 24/7': How Sky News quietly became Australia's biggest news channel on social media | Business Insider
- Box seat: scientists solve the mystery of why wombats have cube-shaped poo | Animals | The Guardian
- NRL will not rush to follow AFL's lead on stricter concussion protocols | NRL | The Guardian:
despite growing pressure on sports administrators to act, the NRL has refused to follow suit for now, expressing concern over the potential for players or coaches to cover up any head injuries in a bid not to be forced to miss any action
- Local workers are taking up farm jobs as Queensland farmers are forced to pay higher wages - ABC News:
Critical labour shortages are forcing Queensland farmers to pay higher wages and provide better conditions to attract local workers.
- US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds | US policing | The Guardian:
The researchers found that the vast majority of the thousands of protests across the United States in the past year have been peaceful, and that most protests by both the left and the right were not met with any violent response by law enforcement. [...] The Guardian compared the percentage of all demonstrations organized by leftwing and rightwing groups that resulted in the use of force by law enforcement. For leftwing demonstrations, that was about 4.7% of protests, while for rightwing demonstrations, it was about 1.4%, meaning law enforcement was about three times more likely to use force against leftwing versus rightwing protests.
- What are sea shanties and why are they going viral online? - ABC Everyday
- He Created the Web. Now He's Out to Remake the Digital World. - The New York Times
- Bumble removed its political filter after people said they used it to lure conservatives who were at the Capitol riot into sending incriminating evidence | Business Insider
- Old Concept Cars - Concepts cars of the past
- Do 'elder Goths' hold the secret to aging successfully? – FREEMEDIA
- Regain smell after COVID: A biology professor's genius trick helped reawaken my senses, and more.
- The Wheelie Bin Radio Telescope | Spaceaustralia
- A majority of Australians would welcome a universal basic income, survey finds - ABC News:
Nearly two-thirds of Australians say they would support the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI), according to a new poll.
- You know the outbreak is serious when... Sydney to Hobart yacht race cancelled due to NSW coronavirus outbreak - ABC News
- Inside Ballarat's tunnel gallery, where great art and high risk collide in the dark - ABC News
3D printed building that reached full certification in Germany (note - video sponsored by the builders, so you know, grain of salt with the big claim)
- Cyberpunk 2077: how 2020's biggest video game launch turned into a shambles | Games | The Guardian:
Cyberpunk 2077’s creators have issued a series of apologies and promises to make things right. It might seem impossible that a game this prominent, that’s been in development for this long, with such a lot of money behind it (game studio owners I’ve spoken to estimate that it cost more than £300m to make), could launch in such a state. It certainly points towards problems at CD Projekt, whose staff must surely be exhausted after months of overtime during the pandemic; the game had already been delayed twice since April to allow more time for improvement.Anyone who works in software can tell you how this tune goes. There was a deadline, it wasn't ready, they launched anyway.
- Exceptionally well-preserved snack bar unearthed in Pompeii | Italy | The Guardian:
Researchers said on Saturday they had discovered a frescoed thermopolium or fast-food counter in an exceptional state of preservation in Pompeii.
- Ten reasons we got Covid-19 vaccines so quickly without 'cutting corners' | Coronavirus | The Guardian:
some are about good planning, some good science and some just good luck
- Feel drained after a year of Zoom meetings? There's brain science behind that fatigue - ABC News
- U-Haul Has A Thing For Renovating Historic Buildings Into Giant Storage Complexes, aka 'adaptive reuse'.
- Robin Williams's widow: 'There were so many misunderstandings about what had happened to him' | Film | The Guardian:
After Williams died, it was widely reported that he had been suffering from depression, alcoholism, or both. To Schneider, this shows “how we as a culture don't have the vocabulary to discuss brain disease in the way we do about depression. Depression is a symptom of LBD and it's not about psychology – it's rooted in neurology. His brain was falling apart.”