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The Coalition government has taken a severe credibility hit after switching its policy on Gonski school funding from “we support it” to “actually, we don’t support it” (AKA lying right before the election). Whatever your politics, it’s a textbook example of how being accurate with your language usage is important.
Imperial units are confusing, needlessly complex and absurdly difficult to work with. And yet, the world’s biggest superpower continues to embrace this archaic system of measurement (re-dubbed “United States customary units”.) They can even be quite touchy about it, as Head Squeeze host Matt Parker learned during a post about the A4 paper scale. Undeterred, Parker hit back at his detractors with a hilariously straight-faced “defense” of the system. Unleash the barleycorns of war…
We’ve shown you how to set your Nexus 5 to use Australian English, but unfortunately the nifty ‘OK Google’ command to automatically start speech recognition and search for what you say only works with US English. Here’s how to have both Australian English on screen and all the ‘OK Google’ goodness.
Regardless of the gadget or software, the default option when “English (Australia)” isn’t available is “English (UK)” or similar. And that’s usually good enough… but not always. Such is the case with Google’s Nexus 5, which leaves local users who are particular about their language settings in the lurch. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it.