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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Last post by LP -
The TGA has recognised Sinovax and Covishield (India's version of AstraZeneca) but will not approve them.  That means that neither vaccine will be used in Australia but folk fully vaccinated with either will be permitted to enter Australia.
That resolves a problem for a lot of travellers.

I've heard that acknowledging the vaccines is just the first step with further applications to come in the weeks that follow, but I admit I'm not familiar with the process. The comments seemed to make sense, by getting the vaccinations accepted they basically use arriving vaccine recipients as local proof that the vaccines provide efficacy. If they didn't arrivals would have to be re-inoculated and they lose the evidence. So the strategy is that unless there are excessive numbers of cases appearing in arriving Sinovax recipients they are unlikely to refuse a future application.

A lot of the pressure for this to happen is coming out of education and tourism sectors, they want Asian travellers back!

Ironically, being re-vaccinated won't be a bad thing for the vast majority of people!
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Last post by DJC -
Agreed, the next big issue might not be COVID directly but the indirect overload of hospitals and health care staff as we open up. I suspect like yourself the worst is potentially ahead of us, a lot hangs in the balance subject to the new treatments because immunity it seems won't be everlasting.

As I've said several times, we can open up but we must still respect the safe basics, and I fear it will descend into a free for all.

Japan is also a nice model to monitor, it has basically preceded what has happened in NSW and Vic and now enters winter, they are not confident at all and have a large chunk of the population vaccinated. A population that is far far more compliant than here! :o

Bejing has locked down millions even though they are nearly all vaccinated with Sinovax, note we are about to approve Sinovax locally.

These are significant tells!

The TGA has recognised Sinovax and Covishield (India's version of AstraZeneca) but will not approve them.  That means that neither vaccine will be used in Australia but folk fully vaccinated with either will be permitted to enter Australia.

It was interesting listening to Norman Swan today.  He was discussing the impact of vaccine passports on infection rates in Israel and Denmark. 

He was asked whether a vaccinated person should socialise with an unvaccinated friend.  The answer was "Yes, unless you have children." 
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The classic/fave car thread
Last post by Thryleon -
A fave car in the Toyota Land Cruiser is now kaput in the USA and being replaced with a nice pretty Lexus Toorak tractor version called the LX instead. Appears the Land Cruiser sales are down due to the price being so high in such a competitive area and no more will be produced for the USA market after 2021. In Aus we love them and from what I read have the highest sales in the world. In 2020 we bought 15000 units here in Aus and the USA numbers were a bit over 3000 units.
So while I think Toyota will continue to supply to Australia for a little bit longer I wouldnt be expecting much change on the design front and they will be harder to obtain .
What are the best selling US SUV's in 2021.......the RAV4 , with 221,000 units(sales surged with the elec versions) and the Honda CRV with 213,000 units...the Toyota Highlander which we know as a Kluger comes in [email protected],000 units.
 My fav deathtrap car the Jeep Jalopy Wrangler came in No 6 and for those interested in the best selling SUV of all time in the USA its not a Toyota, Jeep or a Chevy...its the Ford Escape which was the No 7 in 2021.
Seems Ford in the USA is a lot to different to the crap box company called Ford selling cars in Oz.


I like my Fords.  The current SUV range (Everest, Endura and Escape) switched from the euro manufactured versions to one built in Canada. 

They all look quite nice.  I suspect the Americans have allegiance with Ford because its "their" car. 
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: General Discussions
Last post by ElwoodBlues1 -
Can back up largely what LP is stating above with one minor difference.

A lot of older hardware (those with a tradition BIOS and inability to run UEFI) are not going to be compatible with windows 11.  The whole reason windows 11 has come into existence is to do with cyber security (or a cynic would state a way to make a lot of money).  The UEFI model runs inconjunction with the TPM security module in order to deliver much greater security to hardware and software, and prevent devices from running what is known as a root kit (long story short, something that bypasses windows before it starts).

Its still early doors, but the whole model is trying to cut off ransomware at the delivery mechanism, rather than reactively fixing encrypted computers.  The problem is real, if your hardware isnt compatible, then windows 11 isnt going to be worth the upgrade unless we have a remarkable difference in how things operate moving forward, but I dont believe that will be the case.

We have installed it on a virtual machine at work for testing its capabilities and thus far from my limited use (only a few minutes of pointing and clicking) if windows and IOS had a baby, you would result in windows 11.

The start bar, is going down the bottom in a very mac way of operating. 


I prefer Windows on a Desktop where I can fiddle a bit myself , not a real fan of Macs or anything Mac related so you have added confirmation in my mind that Windows 11 being the omen child of the two operating systems is a pass.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The classic/fave car thread
Last post by ElwoodBlues1 -
I've never understood the landcruiser obsession. They are noisy AF driving around on the freeway or around the local streets......from INSIDE the cab.
But....they are about the only car of its type that increases in value because of its off-road abilities....even though plenty never see a patch of mud.

re turning circles, having owned a hilux i now know what its like to try and turn the titanic. Not made for shopping centres.

The highest selling ute is now a ranger, but i think that's mainly because its the most common company car.
Hilux is not far behind.
Triton is sneaking up on both.....which i bought about 6 months ago. 10k cheaper, better turning circle and 10 year warranty for a relatively bullet proof ute was good enough for me.
You want obsession and cars that increase with value....try the Suzuki Jimny. Its a cult mini 4wd off roader that retails for about 28-32k but you can sell them for about 40k as soon as you buy them as they are hard to get and you have to order ahead, think its the black that are very hard to get.
There is plenty of money in aftermarket accessories for the Jimny too, the ones that are fully pimped are in high demand and I was amazed at how much business there is in Jimny spares etc.
I'm not an off roader but I believe the Jimny doesnt do a bad job given its size and like I said they are a cult car with the most obsessed owners.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The classic/fave car thread
Last post by kruddler -
A fave car in the Toyota Land Cruiser is now kaput in the USA and being replaced with a nice pretty Lexus Toorak tractor version called the LX instead. Appears the Land Cruiser sales are down due to the price being so high in such a competitive area and no more will be produced for the USA market after 2021. In Aus we love them and from what I read have the highest sales in the world. In 2020 we bought 15000 units here in Aus and the USA numbers were a bit over 3000 units.
So while I think Toyota will continue to supply to Australia for a little bit longer I wouldnt be expecting much change on the design front and they will be harder to obtain .
What are the best selling US SUV's in 2021.......the RAV4 , with 221,000 units(sales surged with the elec versions) and the Honda CRV with 213,000 units...the Toyota Highlander which we know as a Kluger comes in [email protected],000 units.
 My fav deathtrap car the Jeep Jalopy Wrangler came in No 6 and for those interested in the best selling SUV of all time in the USA its not a Toyota, Jeep or a Chevy...its the Ford Escape which was the No 7 in 2021.
Seems Ford in the USA is a lot to different to the crap box company called Ford selling cars in Oz.

I've never understood the landcruiser obsession. They are noisy AF driving around on the freeway or around the local streets......from INSIDE the cab.
But....they are about the only car of its type that increases in value because of its off-road abilities....even though plenty never see a patch of mud.

re turning circles, having owned a hilux i now know what its like to try and turn the titanic. Not made for shopping centres.

The highest selling ute is now a ranger, but i think that's mainly because its the most common company car.
Hilux is not far behind.
Triton is sneaking up on both.....which i bought about 6 months ago. 10k cheaper, better turning circle and 10 year warranty for a relatively bullet proof ute was good enough for me.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The classic/fave car thread
Last post by ElwoodBlues1 -
A fave car in the Toyota Land Cruiser is now kaput in the USA and being replaced with a nice pretty Lexus Toorak tractor version called the LX instead. Appears the Land Cruiser sales are down due to the price being so high in such a competitive area and no more will be produced for the USA market after 2021. In Aus we love them and from what I read have the highest sales in the world. In 2020 we bought 15000 units here in Aus and the USA numbers were a bit over 3000 units.
So while I think Toyota will continue to supply to Australia for a little bit longer I wouldnt be expecting much change on the design front and they will be harder to obtain .
What are the best selling US SUV's in 2021.......the RAV4 , with 221,000 units(sales surged with the elec versions) and the Honda CRV with 213,000 units...the Toyota Highlander which we know as a Kluger comes in [email protected],000 units.
 My fav deathtrap car the Jeep Jalopy Wrangler came in No 6 and for those interested in the best selling SUV of all time in the USA its not a Toyota, Jeep or a Chevy...its the Ford Escape which was the No 7 in 2021.
Seems Ford in the USA is a lot to different to the crap box company called Ford selling cars in Oz.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Last post by LP -
Most alarming, is that Israel released the shackles, at the beginning of their summer, with almost 0 positives per day.

Its taken some time for things to get to a pretty awkward spot for them, but awkward nonetheless.

The worst of this is STILL very much ahead of us, and I keep telling people (despite whether or not they want to listen) that how we treat people during this very testing time, is almost as important as the pandemic response.

If society decends to levels where the common person "couldnt give a stuff" about others, then we are in all sorts of trouble COVID or 0 COVID.
Agreed, the next big issue might not be COVID directly but the indirect overload of hospitals and health care staff as we open up. I suspect like yourself the worst is potentially ahead of us, a lot hangs in the balance subject to the new treatments because immunity it seems won't be everlasting.

As I've said several times, we can open up but we must still respect the safe basics, and I fear it will descend into a free for all.

Japan is also a nice model to monitor, it has basically preceded what has happened in NSW and Vic and now enters winter, they are not confident at all and have a large chunk of the population vaccinated. A population that is far far more compliant than here! :o

Bejing has locked down millions even though they are nearly all vaccinated with Sinovax, note we are about to approve Sinovax locally.

These are significant tells!