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About CaptainJess

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  1. I was hoping that's the case. We'd probably be comfortable taking it off if they requested it as we are going through the gates. I'm sure they'd want to capture every single face with their fancy recognition cameras and software
  2. Haha that's not a terrible idea. I'm not sure if it would work with my pattern, but I could give it go. I don't use those members scarfs anyway, so if I can dig it out I might try it I'll let him know He did say people might want them for after football season but I wasn't sure. At least not here in NSW.
  3. There was a minimum order of 50 and he was looking at buying them and flogging them for $5 each which would cover the manufacturing and shipping. I laughed and said I reckon a few forum members would be keen for a mask to match their scarf
  4. WRGMG Do you think I can find any sort of red and black fabric to make myself some WSW masks for tomorrow night? Nope, nothing. The only thing I've managed to find is some ugly flower type pattern. I thought for sure there would have been red and black stripped fabric or red and black polka dots but the closet I could find was black and orange polka dots Looks like I might have to go all black or do a half/half with some separate black and red fabric, but it won't look as good as what I imagined. Balks has a contact that will print custom face masks like the WSW ones below which would be sick, but they're going to take around 2 weeks to made and shipped expressed by which point the season is almost over
  5. Does anybody know what the rules will be around masks? Does anyone know if there have been any worn at NRL games recently? I have been sewing reusable masks for charity and I've got my own handmade ones that Balks and I would like to wear out of courtesy for others tomorrow. Obviously there is no mandate in NSW and the masks are not necessarily being worn to protect ourselves but given there is some increased community transmission, I think I'd rather err on the side of caution and wear one. However, we could go without them and I don't want to get unnecessarily hassled by people (cough*security*cough) that may get the wrong idea about why we are wearing them.
  6. Firstly - border** Secondly - Closing the border isn't a simple process and would have devastating impacts for border towns like Albury-Wodonga. The closure up on the Tweed border has had terrible repercussions for a lot of the population up there. Also, it isn't air tight. You can still move across the border on foot and there's also plenty of back roads still open for those in 4WD's. The border to the ACT has also been open this entire time and there hasn't been any spread from NSW into there. Just because there's a border closure, doesn't mean we're going to be better off. Finally - That isn't what your good mate ScoMo wants. It's apparently completely fine for the borders to be open. Shouldn't we trust what ScoMo says because according to you, he's just taking advice from his experts? To be clear, I don't care one way or another about the border. It won't affect me directly. But I find it hypocritical that we (on the forum) were scolded for saying schools should remain closed and branded one-eyed lefties because ScoMo's experts said it was safe. Now we've got a situation where ScoMo is saying having the borders open is safe, and it seems like the shoe is on the other foot.
  7. It's pretty clearly set out in the Constitution the exclusive and concurrent powers the Federal Government (Commonwealth) has. Maybe check it out. The states retain legislative powers over matters not specifically listed in the Constitution. This sort of stuff really needs to be taught better in schools. If it was, we wouldn't have these "many people" being surprised over something that literally underpins our entire country. It's not something that's just been decided in the past couple of years. We're talking 1901 here.
  8. I'm lucky to have had mainly positive experiences with Uber both here and in the US. However there have been a few standout douche-bags. One thing that's interesting between here and the US is that they don't seem to have the same quality restrictions on their cars. Balks and I got in some shockers in Hawaii. One was a 30 year old Lincoln town-car and another was a beat-bomb that didn't have working seat belts. We tried Lyft too, but got an equally dodgy Jeep, so it was really just hit and miss. Back here though, the two worst ones were while we heading to or from the airport. The first one I'm still not sure on, but I didn't like how he went about it. We order an Uber at 5:30am, dude rocks up and then "accidentally" cancels the trip on his phone (not sure if it was on purpose or not). Then proceeds to physically snatch Balk's phone out of his hand and request and cancel three trips on the app before it gave our ride to this driver again. We weren't pleased but we had a flight at 8:30am, so didn't want to argue. The second one was the worst. We had just got back from a holiday and booked an Uber to take us home. It's late and we've just come off a long flight with lots of luggage. The guy confirms the trip and we start walking towards the pick up zone (which is about a 5 min walk away from the terminal). As we get to the pick-up zone, I noticed he hasn't moved and then I get a call. The guy says he doesn't want to take us that far and that he needs me to cancel the trip, then hangs up on me. Now it's become clear to me that he doesn't want to cop the penalty for cancelling and wants me to do it instead. So I call him back and tell him that if he doesn't want to take us, he's the one that needs to cancel. He proceeds to abuse me and then Balks. I end up telling him that I'm happy to play chicken and that I've just ordered another Uber on my partner's app so if he wants another ride, then he will have to do it. Waited another 10 mins and he finally gives up and cancels the ride while we hopped into another Uber. Most drivers I've had have been pretty quiet and respectful. I've had a couple of retired or semi-retired people and quite a few mums as well. I can understand not wanting to take huge trips to the other side of the city, but short trips I don't. If it's in the area, what does it matter?
  9. Read both parts of it. It was very interesting and a comprehensive look at what went on over those key couple of weeks in Feb/March. I will admit though, it was rather "fluffy" in parts. However, while reading it I think it really hit home how well it was managed and how the correct decisions were made in a timely manner. It was interesting to read about who was advising who on decisions and how they lent quite heavily on business leaders for many issues. I also thought the section on Qantas being asked to run the repatriation flights was fascinating. It's funny how you think something like that should be simple - fly a plane to Wuhan, pick up passengers, fly them back. But then you read what Qantas had to do. They had never flown there before so they had no flight plans, no fuel contracts, no handling staff and that it usually takes months to set that sort of thing up. They did it in days. People in all areas really stepped up, both in Government and private business. Makes you thankful to be living here. When the CMO says the only thing he would have done differently was to hotel quarantine returning travelers earlier, that's not terrible at all. Part 1 - https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/inside-the-crisis-that-changed-australian-government-20200608-p550hl.html Part 2 - https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-see-the-full-horror-show-how-australia-navigated-the-twin-crises-of-covid-19-20200609-p550tn.html
  10. Facebook, Woolies and Google don't have access to a police force, don't have the power to enact retrospective legislation and don't really have a reason to track you beyond simple commercial/$$$ reasons. There are many reasons why a Government might want to track the movement of it's citizens and not all of them are for "the greater good". A website placing a cookie on your computer is a lot different to this app. If you're getting ads on your Facebook page for products, then you don't have your privacy/information permissions set up correctly. Use a VPN, educate yourself on privacy permissions and only give over the information you absolutely have to. I would suggest everyone have a look at this article and follow the instructions if you're worried about advertisers and your data - https://www.cnet.com/how-to/facebook-can-see-your-website-activity-heres-a-new-tool-to-stop-it/ But as I've said before, I'm not really fussed Facebook know I like puppies and Kmart. In fact, I often appreciate that they're serving me the content I want to see. The source code should have been released before the big push to download it. Too late now that four million people have downloaded it. They also should have had proper legislative protections in place beforehand. They didn't. If you want to convince people like myself and marron abut the safety and mechanics of the app, then those two things alone would have made a huge difference to my point of view.
  11. Or they do what they have been doing already and release information about where particular cases have been found. I've heard several announcements regarding people being confirmed positive and that people who have visited those particular stores have been told to self-isolate. I know off the top of my head there were two at supermarkets in Penrith/Glenmore Park, one in Costco Marsden Park, multiple at universities including one at WSU who visited the library. They do it all the time with measles and Legionnaires outbreaks. With the amount of cases we currently have, I think this would be quite manageable. I can imagine if we were in the US right now it would be a different story, but here at this moment in Australia, a diary would suffice. At the risk of re-igniting the debate again, I would also be very low-risk for spreading it if I went to Aldi or the doctors because I wear a mask whenever I leave the house (very rarely these days) and wash/sanitize my hands religiously. I also spend as little time as possible in these places too.
  12. Haha came here to post exactly this article. Liked this line below too. "Bureaucrats inside the Government's Digital Transformation Agency voiced concerns about the awarding of the contract to an overseas provider when several wholly Australian-owned cloud storage services had been security vetted for precisely such high-level contracts." So they have several Australian companies who have been vetted for this precise reason and yet they chose to go with a supplier who is major overseas conglomerate who has had previous issues with data integrity and hacking? Several security concerns have been raised about their Alexa device and just this morning it was revealed that they have been using third-party vendor data to compete with and profit from the development of their own private-label products - https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/04/report-amazon-uses-marketplace-seller-data-to-make-its-own-competing-products/ If this is going on, can you imagine what else is?
  13. Not sure how to take this response Wendy? Why is a diary a bad idea? I have been doing it in a basic form for a couple of weeks. I note where I go in the calendar on my phone. If I have a personal log that says I went Aldi on Monday, my doctors on Wednesday and Petbarn on Thursday, how is that any different to what this app is doing? If I can pinpoint my movements, it will make it super easy for someone to contact trace if I do come down with something (knock on wood). Our contact tracing is some of the best in the world already with the app and they have announced they are investing in more capability for it. If everyone kept a basic log, I think it would be almost as effective and less intrusive. I don’t have those apps either. If I need to use one of those services, I will access it via the web using a VPN. I’m also very specific in what permissions I give apps too. I don’t care if I seem a little paranoid, but I think we give away too much data unnecessarily.
  14. Oh Ed, I'm so sorry I'm glad I got to meet your brother once. He seemed like a genuinely kind person. We'll raise a toast to him at our trivia night when we eventually return.
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