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Old 20-08-2010, 07:56:59   #1
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Australian Elections

So I was pleased to hear that not content with having the Queen as head of state, the Aussies get to choose between two brits to be their PM.

Well done Australia, you know we know best.
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Old 20-08-2010, 13:07:53   #2
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And the better looking one is a Welshie!
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Old 20-08-2010, 13:27:51   #3
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That is extremely relative.
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Old 20-08-2010, 15:40:03   #4
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Really? I never knew they were Brits.
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Old 20-08-2010, 16:02:10   #5
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They're letting saltwater crocs pick the winners. Initially I thought they would hang the actual people over the water and would let the croc pick the loser. Alas.
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Old 21-08-2010, 05:03:02   #6
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You seriously think a croc would lower itself to eating a politician?
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Old 21-08-2010, 19:14:31   #7
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Just think of the flatulence from all the hot air...
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Old 22-08-2010, 01:28:14   #8
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And we (probably) have a hung parliament! Now if only that meant all the pollies were actually on the gallows!
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Old 30-08-2010, 02:37:36   #9
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A week later, still no government. Worst thing is that one party (Labor) is promising to install fibre-optic broadband around the country, increasing bandwith by an awful lot over existing infrastructure. The other one (Liberals) wants to leave us with what we have now.

I want labor to win, if for no other reason, then to bring us into the 21st century for broadband speeds. Especially as the two major parties have become so homogeneous recently that many of their policies are the same.

Right now it's looking as if the Independents needed for either party to form a government are leaning towards Labor, but it could still go either way. I want my fast broadband!
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Old 30-08-2010, 11:21:36   #10
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It felt good seeing television antennas on rooftops again. I don't know if people were still actually using them, but they were quite a few up there in some areas.
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Old 30-08-2010, 15:44:55   #11
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Yeah, they still get used. Though it does make me curious what the heck other people use? Don't tell me it's all satellite (NAHN)?
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Old 30-08-2010, 16:28:54   #12
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Mostly satellite, if you can afford it.

I don't miss the good old days of the 16 foot antenna and three snowy channels,
and the awesomeness of vacuum tubes instead of those new fangled transistors
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Old 31-08-2010, 01:59:11   #13
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Well, we're just in the process of switching from analogue signals to digital. But they're still received mostly using aerials. They are putting up a satellite(s) for those that don't get great digital reception, but antennas are still the modus operandi for most people. Having said that, a small minority of people do have these fuck off big satellite dishes int heir back yards and I have never bothered finding out why.

We used to have 5 free to air stations, but now have 20 odd (at a guess, i have cable, so I don't bother) with the introduction of digital.
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Old 31-08-2010, 07:47:44   #14
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People still use Aerials here, for analogue and digital signals, although analogue is being phased out over the next few years.

Cable and Satellite also very popular.
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Old 31-08-2010, 07:50:31   #15
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with the introduction of digital.
a digital introduction, hhmmm.....
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Old 31-08-2010, 09:40:37   #16
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Porn in other words...
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Old 31-08-2010, 11:14:02   #17
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Pretty rare here to have access to cable in rural areas. The dishes here are only a foot or two across (1/2 meter?), at least for DISH or DirectTV, so not too bad.

Greater DC just finished conversion to digital signal, people were grabbing up government vouchers for cheap converter boxes.
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Old 07-09-2010, 14:38:26   #18
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Well, Labor has finally formed a government by the barest of minorities. The two independents and the "Green" who sided with them gives them a 76-74 majority over the Coalition and the single independent who sided with them. however in the longest speech I heard from the independents, Rob Oakshot stated that nobody should consider this any kind of "mandate" to govern, referring to that word as a "swear word."

It's going to be an interesting next 3 years. If things last that long.

At least this means we get a decent fiber optic broadband network around the entire country now!
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Old 07-09-2010, 15:37:38   #19
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Hell yeah! The rest of their policies have become almost homogeneous, so you need something to separate them.
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Old 11-09-2010, 18:14:34   #21
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They have elections in Australia?
I Thought the Chinese bought the whole place.
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Old 11-09-2010, 21:57:44   #22
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They are too busy buying the US.
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:38:17   #23
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There's too much competition. Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Indonesians, you name it.
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