Soldiers often come up with shortcuts to lead the disciplined life required in the military. The good news is that a lot of these tricks can be applied to make civilian life easier too.
It starts innocently: Maybe the new guy at work asks you to play bass in his indie rock band. A friend-of-a-friend invites you to a free vegan brunch. Your mother-in-law wants to share a life-changing home business opportunity with you. Accept the wrong offer, though, and you could find yourself dead-eyed, be-robed, and dancing around a burning pentagram to usher in the Seventh Age of Blood Atonement.
The ACCC has warned thousands of homeowners across Australia with faulty electrical cables installed in their homes. The Infinity cable installed in NSW homes in 2010 could have already started cracking, the ACCC says, with remaining states and territories (where it was installed from 2011) in danger from next year.
While the forensic analysis of this weekend's British Airways outage is still some time away, the airline's woes are a good reminder of why we need robust systems in place to protect the systems and data that underpin our businesses. I spoke with Zerto's Vice President, Andrew Martin, for the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region about the challenges business face and what they can do.
Whenever we report on Foxtel Play, there will invariably be a reader comment (or ten) lambasting the service's lack of Full HD. Well, it appears the company has finally heard you.
From June 2017, Foxtel Play customers will be able to access shows like Game Of Thrones in high definition. What's more, there will also be the option to stream directly to your TV via Google Chromecast. Here are the details.
The current row about the certification of Manuka honey, and whether it is a distinctly New Zealand product, is just the latest dispute involving Geographical Indications (GIs). These are markers that products have special qualities due to their origins in a specific region, like Champagne.
There is a debate as to whether a registered GI system for food should be adopted in Australia. It might be good for our farmers – to more effectively protect King Island Beef, Bangalow pork or Tasmanian lobster against low quality imitations. But would it be in the best interest of Australian producers and consumers to simply capitulate to demands about New Zealand Manuka, or about GIs in general?
Over the weekend, British Airways IT systems had a meltdown resulting in the cancellation of all services out of Heathrow and Gatwick airports. While this sort of issue would be a major issue on a quiet day, the fact it happened on a long weekend exacerbated the situation. Australian Business Traveller says it could cost the airline a pretty penny as passengers can make claims for compensation for sums ranging from €250 (A$375) through to €600 (A$900) per passenger under EU law.
Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency that can be used to purchase everything from online goods to multi-million dollar mansions. They are currently more valuable than gold, with a single Bitcoin equalling more than three thousand Australian dollars. Needless to say, there is a huge amount of interest in bitcoin and it's not too hard to start mining bitcoins of your own.
The other day I overheard a conversation that began with, "I'm not racist but..."
It followed with a bog-standard conversation about how people who move to this country should drop everything and dedicate all of their time and energy into learning to speak English. IMMEDIATELY.
Sure, learn to speak English. But here's a newsflash people: English is insanely hard and it makes no goddamn sense, like at all.
The US Department of Homeland Security's head honcho John Kelly, says his department is seriously considering a total ban on laptops in the passenger hold for all flights in and out of the land of the so-called free. During an interview on the bastion of unbiased news coverage, Fox News, Kelly was asked whether the laptop ban that currently affects flights from some Middle Eastern and African countries will be expanded. While being non-committal, haying he might be considering an expansion of the ban, he didn't rule it out.