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Cookies. Why?
August 8, 2018

Most web sites require me to accept their cookies.  Reason? For example and it seems typical, “to enhance browsing experience and provide additional functionality”.

They claim this in connection with privacy etc. What a load of cobblers.

I’ve written to the relevant EU body—or so I hoped, for it seems to have disbanded—questioning why no such notice regarding cookies has a button for rejecting cookies.  I don’t hold much hope for any answer, let lone one that is meaningful.  Likewise I questioned a large, academic publisher in the same way.  Ditto.

Some sites make no such requirement regarding cookies.  Any difference is at best moot: certainly, I can’t see any. So, what really is going on?

Why the cookies?


Rainfall at Lenswood—really?
August 6, 2018

It has rained hereabouts—Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia—in recent days.  But not much beyond.  Whereas Mount Lofty had 38mm to 9am yesterday (6 August) Nuriootpa had but 3.8 and Kadina 1.8.  Precipitation was confined to a relatively small and somewhat privileged area.

Lenswood’s tally allegedly broke an August record (see here) but the timing is odd, from 9am one day to late afternoon on the next. How can one make such a comparison? Does the historical record permit such a comparison of 32 and a half hours?

Looking at the BOM’s records is not especially helpful either. One page (here) says that 65 mm fell in the twenty four hours to 9 am yesterday (6 August), another (here) that it was but 49 mm.

The same report—really one does expect better from The Watchers— reveals hysterics from someone associated with Channel 9. The Onkaparinga River was much higher (probably about two feet or 600 mm) two years ago and, apparently, a great deal higher than that in the mid-1970s—over ground since developed for housing. One of these days that may prove interesting.

More Apple waffle
March 27, 2018

Apple boasts yet another iPad, this one with its own Apple Pencil (link). And something called “Everyone Can Create” and other so-called classroom technologies (link). Complete humbug.

Almost ten years have passed since I first used Motion Computing F5 tablet. It’s ability to translate my—or anybody else’s—handwriting into text was just splendid. Apple is so far behind in such tablet-based technology it is not funny.  The company has not gone an inch since Jobs shoed off his finger painting.

Given the ever-deteriorating standards of literacy in both Australia and the US—and doubtless elsewhere in what used to be known as the West—such “creativity” is fraudulent.  Universities will love it.

More for Afghanistan . . .
August 22, 2017

John Hinderaker of PowerLine has commented in a reasonable manner on a speech by President Trump regarding the future  of Afghanistan and an American role in it.  One reason for caution, he observed, is that the place is “culturally backward”.  Perhaps it is.  Is it unique?

A few days ago I watched the first few episodes of a very highly rated TV show “True Detective”. Hinderaker’s dismissal of Afghanistan seems very much like the pot calling the kettle black.  American decadence increasingly appears terminal.  “Culturally backward” ?  He should look around about him, not least perhaps taking time to reflect upon the quality of many of the “responses” to posts on Power Line.

Renewable Energy ?
August 8, 2017

I suppose the government of South Australia is aware of this.  What price rules ?

It reminds me of sandblasted denim.  And much else bespeaking a never-ending stream of cant and humbug, much of which has now become government policy.

French TV Debate
May 4, 2017

Paul Mirengoff of Power Line moans today of the televised debate between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron

[I]t was frustrating viewing because the two contestants kept speaking over one another (thereby compounding my [French] comprehension problem) and ignoring the questions they were asked.

Perhaps the French were simply following the standard form of American politics as it has appeared on television for decades.  Or the sheer imbecility of parliamentary Question Time in Canberra.

Does it matter?  Not really.  The die is cast.  We have reneged on past, even those part that warranted saving.  We’ve all read Submisson; it’s over (notwithstanding some of the ludicrous contents of the book).


Bloody email & MS
January 22, 2016

No more email using so-called mail programmes.  I open Microsoft Outlook and watch the existing emails disappear.  Totally, totally unreliable.  An absolutely rotten programme.  Always, like everything else from Microsoft, cumbersome in the extreme it was more or less reliable in the past but no more.  Just junk.

Infantilism. Ubiquitous—1
November 26, 2015

Much poor commentary, reconstruction and reflection on the origins of the Great War has appeared in the last few years. A little has been outstanding and for the best of reasons, such as Annika Mombauer’s documentary collection The Origins of the First World War, published by Manchester University Press.  The great bulk has been either indescribably poor or intended to deceive.

Thus Sir  Huw Strachan in Australian Historical Studies (vol. 46, no. 1 [2015], p. 128):

As Joan Beaumont [in Broken Nation] makes clear, thanks not least to the rejection of conscription, more Australian men of military age did not join the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) than did.


Actually more did join; over 40 per cent. could not remain in the army having failed the subsequent medical examination.  Both Strachan and, more seriously, Joan Beaumont ignore the single, perfectly accessible, source telling ’em so: Alison Pilger, ‘The Other Lost Generation: Rejected Australian Volunteers, 1914–1918’, Journal of the Australian War Memorial, no. 21 (October 1992), pp. 11–19.  Beaumont has no excuse; deceit was evidently her purpose—and of those who assisted in the construction of her poor book.

For infantilism, rather than tawdry politics, see ‘World War III‘ by someone called Roger Cohen in The New York Times, 26 November 2015.  Unsurpassable.  It’s so bad it must immediately appear on schools’ reading lists.  The maintenance of public ignorance is doubtless a difficult task but achieved with aplomb by most of those who join the program. Such is the havoc wreaked on the public mind by nations’ unelected politicians numbered in many thousands over the course of the last half century or so that politicians in the public sphere, themselves little more literate, have little to fear.  And likewise their enemies.


Apple Australia Again
July 26, 2015

A few days shy of three months ago I ordered a new 12″ MacBook.  The general view seemed to be that it may take between four and six weeks to appear.  Nearly twice that time has since elapsed and no sign appears of said MacBook.  For other product, I think, I should have cancelled the order.  In the US MacBooks have even been discounted.  But here, South Australia, such product is not even available.

Why is this?  Does Apple not trust us in Australia to pay our national and foreign debts and so purchases from offshore are no longer possible?  Has language in Australia been so devalued–even debauched–that corporate American doubts we can manage such equipment?  It certainly seems to be government policy but I doubt the politicians–elected and unelected–have quite achieved that Orwellian goal (see the first two paragraphs of ‘Newspeak’ on that page following Winton’s surrender to Big Brother).

Meanwhile the order remains in place, entirely without expectation that it will be fulfilled.

Mountain Lion–security update
February 26, 2015

I’ve seen many complimentary remarks about Spotlight. And it could indeed be useful.  That was when it worked.  After the latest security update from Apple it no longer does so.  It is now totally useless.