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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Harlequin80 Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

Also I would add. I have done a large number of long haul flights with my two girls and I learnt something from a pilot I met once. His advice was carry the kids car seat and put them in that. So now you will see me wheeling a compact fold up pram with two car seats precariously balanced on top of them as I make my way through the airport. When I get on the plane the car seat gets strapped into the chair and the kid into the car seat.

Two big reasons - 1 the can't get out of those. 5 point harness and a kid proof clip. 2 the first time my eldest had a seat of her own was the worst flight of my life. She would fall asleep in her chair and slump against the airplane seat belt. It would slowly loosen off till she fell out of the seat. Can you imaging the horror of a 2 year old who keeps being woken up every 15 minutes on a 24 hour flight... Oh dear god.... I spent 5 hours on the last leg walking back and forth in the crew area carrying her as it was the only way to stop the screaming.......

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Harlequin80 Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

Spot on. I have the pram that is the size of a small car when I am at home and a super lighter super compact push chair when travelling. Not only does it fold up small and light it has like a rifle sling strap on it that allows it to be easily carried on my back. I managed to comfortably walk up a gazillion stairs to the Giant Buddha in Hong Kong with the kid on my shoulders and the stroller across my back.

 

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Harlequin80 Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

WHy can't you pick your seats anyway? I log on to my favourite airlines web page 72 hrs before departure. I pick the seat I want, tick the box that says I'm not carrying any bombs or giant knives and then print out my boarding pass.

I walk through security. Straight to my gate and on to the plane. Add an extra 2 minutes if I have checked luggage to have assigned to my boarding pass.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Harlequin80 Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

I'm sorry but WHAT???? No assigned seating? That is just asking for agro! You would get people fighting in the line!

I fly A LOT and there is no way I would fly on a just stack yourself in flight.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Harlequin80 Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

Actually not really. Imaging you are a family of 4. Mum is leading the two kids and dad is carrying all the bags looking a bit like a stressed donkey. Try as dad might I can guarantee you that some of the seats are going to get whacked by those bags as you go down those incredibly narrow aisles. Now your choice. Would you rather the chair get hit with the bag or your face get hit by the bag. It's not on purpose and god knows parents will do everything (including drugging their kids) to not have them impact others but sometimes it will impact other people. You will only understand this when you have kids yourself.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Harlequin80 Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

Actually outside of the US it seems to be common practice to ask people with young families to board first anyway. It would be for two reasons, the first one is it looks good to look after the children. Second and perhaps the biggest is families take longer to get settled in, young kids need a lot of assistance and you generally have to carry an inordinate amount of crap. If you are blocking the aisle while you buckle seat belts and the like you are slowing the whole boarding process. So it makes sense - send them in with first and business class.

4 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Harlequin80 No to a unified interface yes to unified software (322 comments)

If I could have a Win 7 style interface on my desktop / laptop. I really good touch interface for my tablet / phone and a really good lounge room interface for my xbox that could run the same software across all 3. Now that would be cool! RT wasn't crap because it was a different interface it was crap because it felt like it should run the same stuff as normal windows but didn't

5 days ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Harlequin80 Mechwarrior (701 comments)

Reactor Online.
Sensors Online.
Weapons Online.
All Systems Nominal.

about a week ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Harlequin80 Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

Sorry not with you on this one. In principal your comment about money supply is absolutely correct but we are not talking about a government that saves during the good times and spends during the bad. We are talking about a government that just spends all the time. And I absolutely extend this to the Howard era government as well.

Much of the MRRT and Carbon tax takes were allocated to recurrent spending and this is where the problem lies. If this money was used for one off investments, ie Future fund or one of major infrastructure projects then yes great. Tying the MRRT and carbon tax to the NBN would have been perfect. Tying it tax cuts or wellfare is the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Harlequin80 Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

Why would you assume he would compensate people for something that was being removed? I'm going to take your car and I will compensate you by paying you for it. Actually I'm not going to take your car, but you still want to be compensated as if I was?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Harlequin80 Re:Pwned (291 comments)

No I don't think so. I think the plan is to stop spending more than we earn. Though if that is considered forward-into-the-past I'm all for it.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Harlequin80 Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

Lets make sure that you tell the whole story here. The current government has increased taxes on the HIGHEST EARNERS in the country by 2% for income generated over $250,000. And this is for a period of 2 years. So your statement of "The new government is raising those income taxes again" is a complete and utter fallacy.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Harlequin80 Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

The best way to do it is to participate in a multi-country ETS. The ETS was to be price fixed against the European ETS Market but it was not substitutable. If there was a real function for Australia to buy or sell carbon permits with the European market then it might have worked over the long term.

Essentially what is required is for there to be a global market for carbon emissions. The European one is by far the largest and if over time you can add countries to it you can cap global carbon emmissions. There then becomes an incentive both ways to improve your efficiency. The first is you don't have to by permits, so you have a cost focussed incentive. The second is you get carbon credits through doing carbon trapping businesses, so agribusiness and carbon sequestration projects have an income stream.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Harlequin80 Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

As an Australia I sit completely on the opposite side to you then. Personally I am happy the carbon tax is gone and I will be even happier when the MRRT goes as well.

The thing I am disappointed about is that as a result of having a cross bench holding the balance of power in the senate all the spending associated with the carbon tax and the MRRT are not being repealed with them. So the tax base is now lower but the expenditure remains the same. That is more than disappointing, it's stupid.

Don't get me wrong. I am all for renewable energy and sustainable development. But the implementation of the ETS was fundamentally flawed as Australia is too small a market to operate effectively on its own. The sheer number of tax credits and handouts associated with the carbon tax meant it was broken before it even started. If it had been integrated (as opposed to price tied) to the European market there could be been some significant benefits but it wasn't.

And finally what are you talking about the cost of coal being lower than the cost of production? That is just so obviously stupid it's not worth commenting on. Glencore, BMA, BMC, & Rio are not charities! Do you seriously think they are going to produce coal at a loss? There are some mines where cost of production may be higher than a spot price at a given time. But that is because sometimes spot prices tank and mining is done on 20+year time horizons. While the price today may be marginally lower than cost of production it won't be over the effective life of mine.

about two weeks ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

Harlequin80 Haven't we seen something like this before (90 comments)

Don't know why but I kind of feel like I have seen something like this before.... The ww2 landing vehicle tracked (LVT) looked very similar to this, just on a much smaller scale.

Some of the variants even used paddled tracks like this. oblig wiki link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Harlequin80 Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

I don't know any serious business that is not multi-screen now. We have been for over 6 years now. You simply lose too much productivity if you have to keep pulling one program over the top of another. All our machines are pushing dual Dell 26" IPS screens. For a while we used them vertically but now pretty much everyone had them horizontal and is splitting it into 4 windows.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Harlequin80 Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

And I must be the odd one out because I really really struggle with the Mac OS interface. In particular I HATE the menu at the top being which ever application is active.

I do have to admit though that I have only had very short stints with Macs so it is probably completely unfair. I like my windows 7 interface a lot but I like my Mint Cinnamon interface more. As soon as I turn off hot corners!

about two weeks ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

Harlequin80 Re:Meanwhile... (116 comments)

According to the Queensland Department of Energy & Water 22% of the bill is retail markup, 19% is generation, 44% is network, 7% Carbon Tax, 7% cost of Solar, 3% green schemes.

The cost in Queensland is the Network not generation. Even if you removed the retail margins it still remains high. But I am also old enough to see the massive difference in network stability now to what it was 20+ years ago. In the 80s a summer storm was guaranteed to take the power out for at least 30 mins every time (in an inner brisbane suburb) now power outages at all are rare and if they do happen they often last less than a minute.

about three weeks ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

Harlequin80 Re:Meanwhile... (116 comments)

Energy Prices in Brisbane Australia range around the $0.27/kwh........

A $1200 bill a quarter is high but common for a lot of larger families (5+ people)

about a month ago

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Samsung stops sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia

Harlequin80 Harlequin80 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Harlequin80 (1671040) writes "This morning Samsung has agreed to suspend sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia due to Apple's patent lawsuit.

Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so Apple can review it.

If Apple's claim is not upheld then Apple has agreed to pay damages to Samsung though the amounts are unknown.

It seems that US patents are now going to cause problems here in Australia. Sigh"

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