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Introduction 

Welcome newcomers, I'm Matt. I've been hanging around here for a while now and for some reason @mike decide I should be a moderator over here at Chinwag.

I recently moved to county NSW from Melbourne and now have far too much grass to mow. I live here with my wife, two cats, chickens and a very small dog. I work in the rail industry and often post gunzelly photos of stuff at work. I also post occasional dog and cat photos.

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Bank 

So I have to call the bank to find out what my transaction limit is.It takes me through all the "how can I direct your call" automated bullshit and then tells me "Due to current events we are unable t take your call". Why not just answer my fucking email then!

Fuck I wish I didn't have a fixed rate mortgage with them.

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Bank 

I hate $bigbank that I'm unfortunately trapped with until January 2024. I used their "secure email" on Sunday to ask what the maximum transaction limit is on my debit card. I got a response two days later telling me that they can't answer my enquiry via secure email. I'm now asking them what sort of enquires they CAN answer via secure email.

Work 

We're currently hearing towards Cryon.

I'm surprised how many people still use Spotify.

US rail workers conditions, swears 

How the fuck did our US comrades get in to such a shit position? They're having to threaten a nationwide strike to get more than ZERO sick days? We get fifteen and management never try to take them from us because they know we'd tell them to get fucked.

They should strike until their multi billion dollar profit making employers come to the party. If it's going to fuck up supply chains at the busiest time of year it's the perfect time.

Work, Industrial Action 

Things are heating up. Management are now threatening to lock out anyone who participates in the proposed PIA.

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Work, Industrial Action 

One of the managers accidentally sent an email about trying to acquire more end of train markers to the entire business the other day. The lead time quoted was 16 to 18 weeks! They need about 300 by Thursday. 🙂

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Work, Industrial Action 

The thing I like about this action is that it's really hard for management to make us out to be arseholes when it's in the rules for operating on the network. We don't make up these rules.

I can just imagine middle management trying to explain to the CEO why this will be a problem.

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Work, Industrial Action 

In about 24 hours we start our latest protected industrial action in support of stalled EA negotiations. We will be refusing to operate locomotives that don't have all the equipment that the network owner prescribes should be on a locomotive before it enters the network. The list includes stuff like track circuit clips, detonators, spanners, hoses, pressure gauges, end of train markers etc.

I haven't seen a loco with all the stuff on it for years.

News Feed Bots 

By popular request I've added the SBS News feed bot to the stable of bots I had trouble finding this morning.

It posts the latest headlines from the SBS World News latest RSS feed:

@sbs_bot

It joins the:

ABC Just in bot: @abc_bot
New Daily Latest Bot: @newd_bot
Guardian Australia Bot: @guardian_bot
Junkee Poliitcs Bot: @junkee_bot

Give them a follow if you miss doom scrolling.

Telcomms Sutff 

I ended up walking around on the roof with my phone.

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Telcomms Sutff 

Is there a better way to find where the strongest mobile phone signal is on my roof than walking around with my phone? I need to permanently affix my repeater antenna up there somewhere.

Today we're loading grain at one of the two loactions trains are loaded in Coonamble. Of course, our planners sent us to the wrong location first but luckily the grain pudding fellas told us where we were going before we broke our train into 4 pieces!

I'm on the ground today opening and closing wagon doors and telling my mate when to move the train. It's very dusty and there are a fucktonne of flies.

Alcohol 

I'm at the Royal Hotel in Gilgandra. The centrepiece of the beer garden is a very healthy 130 year old grape vine.

Work 

Not sure what's going on back there but we have a looming departure time and not much grain going in.

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Work 

We're loading grain at Gilgandra this morning. It's my first time loading here and it's not too bad. We're loading on the move at 0.2 km/hr which sounds slow but it's better than stopping multiple times per wagon.

We're staying here tonight and then loading at Coonamble tomorrow.

work, industrial action 

We've been negotiating this new EA since April and management keep on walking away from the table and running to Fairwork to try and get them to intervene. Each time Fairwork have told them to get back to negotiating with us. It's a tiresome delaying tactic.

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work, industrial action 

The RTBU has presented our employer with notice of our next protected action and I reckon it's excellent. We are going to refuse to operate locomotives that don't have the all the equipment prescribed by the rules of the network operator. I don't think any of the locomotives have all the gear they're meant to. Given how much our management goes on about safety it will be hard for them to argue that it's unfair to the business.

Phone/Desktop syncing 

I used to use Nextcloud to sync my phone with my desktop but Space Karen doesn't give me a routable IP address so that doesn't work any more.

I'm really only interested in syncing photos. Is KDE Connect a good way to go or is there something better out there.

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