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GRILLED! Apples Project Titan Readying for 2019 Launch

Posted: September 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GRILLED! Apples Project Titan Readying for 2019 Launch

Apple's Project Titan Readying for 2019 LaunchApple has us all – consumers – in its pocket, well, we have Apple in all our pockets …you got what I mean!? Now apparently the consumer behemoth aims to have us in it on the road. The company is set to release its first car in 2019, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal’s Daisuke Wakabayashi.

Apple is referring to the idea as a “committed project” internally, the WSJ report says. According to sources the company plans on tripling the number of folk working on the project.

The initiative, being called Project Titan, so far consists of 600 people.

Although many reports have suggested that Apple is working on a self-driving car, the company’s first vehicle is more likely to not be fully autonomous Wakabayashi wrote, citing sources familiar with the project.

A quick trawl through LinkdIn also dragged a surprise, Apple has headed hunted a senior Tesla exec :: Read the full article »»»»


WANT!! Porsche Presents Überelektrisch… Concept Mission E Supercar

Posted: September 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on WANT!! Porsche Presents Überelektrisch… Concept Mission E Supercar

Tribute Reveal
The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show hasn’t even kicked off yet, but already there’s a contender for best in show. Porsche’s reveal of its stunning Mission E Concept is a show stopping, drop dead gorgeous, über-fast-charging, all-electric supercar that Porsche reckons will clock the Nürburgring in under 8 minutes, and while it might scream around the 20 odd kilometres of the Nordschleife, what this vehicle shows us very quietly is the future shape of automotive form and function.

Mission E concept is by far the cleanest design to hit the podium to date, very Porsche, but also very predictive of shapes to come. Loaded with plus numbers, 800 volt, 440kW-600hp, 0-100kmh in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 250kmh and a range of 500km …and perhaps a cheeky nudging at the only other cool spark on the block ‘Lookout Tesla’  :: Read the full article »»»»


REBLOG! Out of Order

Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: | Comments Off on REBLOG! Out of Order

JusticeFirst Published by Fairfax in December 2013 :: In the Magistrates Court annual report, released on November 27 2013, chief executive Andrew Tenni said intervention orders had risen 42 per cent over five years, to a record 44,455 for 2012-13. That was up almost 4000 on the previous year, when then chief magistrate Ian Gray warned the steep rise in intervention orders was “a significant concern”.

Exactly why these numbers are soaring is a topic of hot debate in legal circles. Partly, it’s because definitions of abusive and violent behaviour were expanded five years ago to capture issues such as economic threats. Another reason is that Victoria Police are applying for many more intervention orders than they have in the past to combat family violence. People are also much more aware of their right to apply for an order by simply filling in a form at the Magistrates Court, with no fee. These changes are positive steps to match legal rights with community expectations.

Another reason, however, is misuse. It’s the elephant in the room that few wish to talk about. Several interview requests to the Magistrates Court and Victoria Police were stonewalled. A spokeswoman for the Magistrates Court warned she would not like to see a story that discouraged people from applying for intervention orders.

But barrister Nicholas Kanarev is prepared to stick his neck out, and wrote a paper earlier this year on Intervention Orders in Victoria: Their use and potential for misuse. He concluded that intervention orders have become a significant part of the legal landscape. “Often they are the entry point into the legal system by parties whose personal relationship has ended . . . Conversely, they can be another tool in the arsenal of feuding neighbours.”

Intervention orders are meant to protect people who are in real fear for their safety. Family violence intervention orders protect people from abusive or threatening relatives, often where partners have separated or have a volatile relationship. Personal safety intervention orders protect people from a non-relative who makes them feel unsafe, usually a neighbour or work colleague.

A typical order may prohibit someone from contacting the applicant in person, by phone, text or email or going within 100 metres of them, their home or their workplace.

In another recent case, Kanarev acted for a real estate agent who managed a block of flats. One tenant, who the agent suspected owned a cat in breach of the lease, refused an inspection, then took out an intervention order against him, falsely claiming he was stalking her. The agent was not allowed within 200 metres of her flat, making his job of managing the other flats impossible. The order was eventually overturned, but he had to make several trips to court.

“Certainly, they are being overused,” Kanarev says. “People are going to the courts at the drop of a hat.”

A growing number of cases involve social media. In September last year, a candidate in the Port Phillip council elections took out an intervention order against a rival candidate, claiming the rival was posting rude and inappropriate messages on Facebook and harassing him :: by Lucinda Schmidt :: Read the full Fairfax article »»»»


REBLOG! Enough Said

Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on REBLOG! Enough Said

Movie Review

I don’t generally do film reviews on my personal blog, Enough Said however has a personal twist. Formalities out of the way: This 2013 American romantic comedy was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, Walking and Talking, Friends With Money and the insanely neat Lovely and Amazing. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini – in one of his final film roles – Toni Collette, Catherine Keener, Ben Falcone, and Toby Huss. The film was released on September 18, 2013 and received widespread acclaim from critics.

Holofcener has wonderful knack of portraying solid women in film, for me though, her understanding of aging – for both sexes – is what gives this film proper gravity :: Read the full blog post »»»»


REBLOG! “Fail Up” Mentally Strong People

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: | Comments Off on REBLOG! “Fail Up” Mentally Strong People

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REBLOG! From my personal blog via Forbes: While the general direction of most Forbes articles is business – and geez they do it well – The following post is applicable to almost every human. It’s inspirational in the best way, basically.

For all the time we spend concerned about our physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly in today’s überpaced world, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength, tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.” :: Read the full article »»»»

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