Friday October 31, 2014

DFES Emergency Alerts: Rubbish Fire in Cowaramup in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, and the City of Busselton

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 14:35 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: There is a rubbish fire on Gardiner Road, near the intersection of Bussell Highway, in Cowaramup near the border of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the City of Bussleton.
Content:

There is a rubbish fire on Gardiner Road, near the intersection of Bussell Highway, in Cowarmup near the border of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the City of Bussleton.

The fire is burning in a paddocks near the road and is issueing a lot of smoke.
 
WHAT TO DO:
• Be extremely careful when driving through the area. 
• Turn your headlights on and drive slowly. 
• Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions. 
• People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222. 

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Firefighters from three Bush Fire Service and two Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigades are on the scene.
• Firefighters are working to contain and control the fire. 
• The Department of Environment and RegulationPollution Response Unit have been alerted to the incident.  
• Local Government representatives are on the scene.  
EXTRA INFORMATION: 
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
 
The next update will be provided when the situation changes.
Publication Time: 31/10/2014 2:33 PM

SC Magazine: Apple Pay rival hacked, emails stolen

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 14:27 AWST)

CurrentC pilot users' emails accessed.

Slashdot: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 12:30 AWST)

merbs writes "Earlier this year, Denmark's leadership announced that the nation would run entirely on renewable power by 2050. Wind, solar, and biomass would be ramped up while coal and gas are phased out. Now Denmark has gone even further, and plans to end coal by 2025.

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DP Review: Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan

DP Review (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 11:30 AWST)

Olympus has announced the Japan-only release of the Stylus 1s, a successor to its Stylus 1 enthusiast compact camera. Maintaining almost all of the same hardware as the Stylus 1, the Stylus 1s offers an OM-D based design with a fixed lens and provides some software upgrades. Read more

GNOME Look: Spider Void (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 11:09 AWST)

ThumbnailSpider Void
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Frankula's Monster
Green, Gold, and Black Cinnamon void theme Pack.
Included with the Panel and start menu: GTK 2/3, Metacity theme, wallpaper, and .conkyrc w/readme to assist with installation and adjustment. You may need to download Xirod and Webdings fonts to display the conky properly, (http://www.dafont.com/xirod.font) and (sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer). If there are any problems with this theme, please let me know and I will correct them as soon as possible.
The icons are Best-Of-Darkgreen, you can find them at:
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Best-Of-Darkgreen?content=164208

Conky is in the Spider Void folder


changelog:
Changed how title bar font looks with 3-layer highlight (see screenshot)

Changed Metacity buttons to gold color with green pre-light glow



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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Gibb River-Kalumburu Road in the Shire of Wyndham - East Kimberley

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 10:25 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people travelling along the Gibb River-Kalumburu Road immediately north of Doongan Station turn off in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people travelling along the Gibb River-Kalumburu Road immediately north of Doongan Station turn off in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire is burning on the western side of the Gibb River-Kalumburu Road.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving moderately in a northerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.

WHAT TO DO:
• Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
• Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
• Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
• If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
• If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed.

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Doongan Station staff are actively fighting the fire along the Gibb River-Kalumburu Road. DFES is monitoring the fire remotely.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

The next update will be provided by 4pm today, Friday 31 October 2014 unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 31/10/2014 10:20 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Lorna Glen, 105km east north-east of Wiluna, in the Shire of Wiluna

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 10:20 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people travelling on Granite Peak Road near Lorna Glen, 105km east north-east of Wiluna, in the Shire of Wiluna.
Content:
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife 
  
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people travelling on Granite Peak Road near Lorna Glen, 105km east north-east of Wiluna, in the Shire of Wiluna. 
 
•          There is no threat to lives or homes but there is smoke in the area.
•          Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
•          The fire started in spinifex country within the Lorna Glen ex-pastoral lease.
 
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
•          The bushfire is moving slowly in a southerly direction. It is not yet fully contained.
 
WHAT TO DO IF DRIVING: 
•          Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
•          Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
•          Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
•          If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
•          If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
 
No roads are closed.
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
•          Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are onsite and monitoring the fire.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
•          The fire was reported at 10am on Thursday 30 October 2014.
•          The cause of the fire is lightning.
•          The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Facebook or Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins. 
 
The next update will be provided by 4pm today (Friday 31 October 2014) unless the situation changes. 
Publication Time: 31/10/2014 10:18 AM

Slashdot: France Investigating Mysterious Drone Activity Over 7 Nuclear Power Plant Sites

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 10:05 AWST)

thygate writes In France, an investigation has been launched into the appearance of "drones" on 7 different nuclear power plant sites across the country in the last month. Some of the plants involved are Creys-Malville en Bugey in the southeast, Blayais in the southwest, Cattenom en Chooz in the northeast, Gravelines in the north, and Nogent-sur-Seine, close to Paris. It is forbidden to fly over these sites on altitudes less than 1 km in a 5 km radius. According to a spokesman of the state electric company that runs the facilities (EDF), there was no danger to the security and production of the plants. However these incidents will likely bring nuclear safety concerns back into the spotlight.

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SC Magazine: Photos: Spark Digital's new, modular data centre

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 09:28 AWST)

Inside the $53m Takanini, Auckland facility.

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 09:23 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, 15km south-east of Wyndham in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.
Content:
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife 
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, 15km south-east of Wyndham in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.  
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire started south of Parry Creek Farm Road and is burning towards Great Northern Highway.
• Another ignition has occurred in the areas south-east of the Parry Creek Farm Road and the Great Northern Highway intersection.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a south-westerly direction. It is burning parallel to Parry Creek Farm Road.

IF DRIVING:
• Be extremely careful when driving near the area.
• Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
• Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
• If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
• If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.  

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
Halls Creek Road has been closed between Victoria Highway and Parry Creek Farm Road.
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve is closed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Parks and Wildlife fire crews are working to secure Parry Creek Farm Road and prevent any impact on Great Northern Highway, and are monitoring the fire.
           
EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 1pm on 28 October 2014.
• The cause of the fire is deliberate lighting. People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Facebook or Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins. 
 
The next update will be provided by 4pm today (Friday 31 October 2014) unless the situation changes. 
    
 

Publication Time: 31/10/2014 9:21 AM

SC Magazine: ATO shaves $4m off IT contractor panel

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 09:00 AWST)

Reform cuts admin burden, introduces KPIs.

Slashdot: Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 08:59 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937, but scientists may have now uncovered where she ended up. Researchers have identified a piece of aluminum, which washed up on a remote Pacific island, as dated to the correct time period and consistent with the design of Earhart's Lockheed Electra. From the article: "The warped piece of metal was uncovered on a 1991 voyage to the island of Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has spent millions of dollars searching for Earhart's plane in a project that has involved hundreds of people. 'We don't understand how that patch got busted out of (the plane) and ended up on the island where we found it, but we have the patch, we have a piece of Earhart's aircraft,' TIGHAR executive director Ric Gillespie said."

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SC Magazine: Australia needs to stop selling its innovation sector short

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 08:29 AWST)

[Opinion] We need a global perspective.

SC Magazine: Digital disruption and the future of work

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 08:20 AWST)

[Blog post] Your company, your job, ready to be replaced.

Slashdot: New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 08:01 AWST)

vinces99 writes A new study shows that the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributed to the end of the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago did not occur gradually but rather was characterized by three abrupt pulses. Scientists are not sure what caused these abrupt increases, during which carbon dioxide levels rose about 10 to 15 parts per million – or about 5 percent per episode – during a span of one to two centuries. It likely was a combination of factors, they say, including ocean circulation, changing wind patterns and terrestrial processes. The finding, published Oct. 30 in the journal Nature, casts new light on the mechanisms that take the Earth in and out of ice ages. "We used to think that naturally occurring changes in carbon dioxide took place relatively slowly over the 10,000 years it took to move out of the last ice age," said lead author Shaun Marcott, who did the work as a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University and is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "This abrupt, centennial-scale variability of CO2 appears to be a fundamental part of the global carbon cycle." Previous research has hinted at the possibility that spikes in atmospheric carbon dioxide may have accelerated the last deglaciation, but that hypothesis had not been resolved, the researchers say. The key to the new finding is the analysis of an ice core from the West Antarctic that provided the scientists with an unprecedented glimpse into the past."

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Slashdot: Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 07:16 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Google today announced plans to disable fallback to version 3 of the SSL protocol in Chrome 39, and remove SSL 3.0 completely in Chrome 40. The decision follows the company's disclosure of a serious security vulnerability in SSL 3.0 on October 14, the attack for which it dubbed Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE). Following Mozilla's decision on the same day to disable SSL 3.0 by default in Firefox 34, which will be released on November 25, Google has laid out its plans for Chrome. This was expected, given that Google Security Team's Bodo Möller stated at the time: "In the coming months, we hope to remove support for SSL 3.0 completely from our client products."

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EEV Blog: EEVblog #678 – What is a PCB Spark Gap?

EEV Blog (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 06:50 AWST)


In this tutorial Dave explains what a PCB spark gap is and how it can be a useful zero cost addition to your PCB layout to help prevent ESD damage.
He shows how to easily design them into your board and calculate the approximate voltage rating.
And of course has some fun applying 5kV to some gaps to show how them at work.
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Slashdot: Charity Promotes Covert Surveillance App For Suicide Prevention

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 06:32 AWST)

VoiceOfDoom writes Major UK charity The Samaritans have launched an app titled "Samaritans Radar", in an attempt to help Twitter users identify when their friends are in crisis and in need of support. Unfortunately the privacy implications appear not to have been thought through — installing the app allows it to monitor the Twitter feeds of all of your followers, searching for particular phrases or words which might indicate they are in distress. The app then sends you an email suggesting you contact your follower to offer your help. Opportunities for misuse by online harassers are at the forefront of the concerns that have been raised, in addition; there is strong evidence to suggest that this use of personal information is illegal, being in contravention of UK Data Protection law.

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Slashdot: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 05:47 AWST)

itwbennett writes The critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line utilities. Two remote command execution vulnerabilities were patched this week in the popular wget download agent and tnftp client for Unix-like systems [also mentioned here]. This comes after a remote code execution vulnerability was found last week in a library used by strings, objdump, readelf and other command-line tools.

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SC Magazine: Australian data centre floor space growth rate 'exceptional'

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 05:27 AWST)

Sydney and Melbourne rack up co-lo capacity.

Slashdot: Getting 'Showdown' To 90 FPS In UE4 On Oculus Rift

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 05:26 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Oculus has repeatedly tapped Epic Games to whip up demos to show off new iterations of Oculus Rift VR headset hardware. The latest demo, built in UE4, is 'Showdown', an action-packed scene of slow motion explosions, bullets, and debris. The challenge? Oculus asked Epic to make it run at 90 FPS to match the 90 Hz refresh rate of the latest Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype. At the Oculus Connect conference, two of the developers from the team that created the demo share the tricks and tools they used to hit that target on a single GPU.

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GNOME Look: Yosemix 1.0 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 05:11 AWST)

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(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
The Numix theme edited to make it look like OS X Yosemite. All credits go to the makers of the Numix theme.

Tested and works on Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10.

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Slashdot: Signed-In Maps Mean More Location Data For Google

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 05:05 AWST)

mikejuk writes The announcement on the Google Geo Developers blog has the catchy title No map is an island. It points out that while there are now around 2 million active sites that have Google Maps embedded, they store data independently, The new feature, called attributed save, aims to overcome this problem by creating an integrated experience between the apps you use that have map content and Google Maps, and all it requires is that users sign in. So if you use a map in a specific app you will be able to see locations you entered in other apps.This all sounds great and it makes sense to allow users to take all of the locations that have previously been stored in app silos and put them all together into one big map data pool. The only down side is that the pool is owned by Google and some users might not like the idea of letting Google have access to so much personal geo information. It seems you can have convenience or you can have privacy. It might just be that many users prefer their maps to be islands.

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SC Magazine: Aurizon uses drones to inspect rail assets

(posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 04:50 AWST)

Safer for workers, better for data.

Slashdot: Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Warg Faces Danish Jail Time

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 04:23 AWST)

Hammeh writes BBC news reports that Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark. Found guilty of breaching security to access computers owned by technology giant CSC to steal police and social security files, Mr Warg faces a sentence of up to six years behind bars. Mr Warg argued that although the computer used to commit the offence was owned by him, the hacks were carried out by another individual who he declined to name.

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Slashdot: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 03:42 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes John Oliver calls it "cable company f*ckery" and we've all suspected it happens. Now on Steven Levy's new Backchannel publication on Medium, Susan Crawford delivers decisive proof, expertly dissecting the Comcast-Netflix network congestion controversy. Her source material is a detailed traffic measurement report (.pdf) released this week by Google-backed M-Lab — the first of its kind — showing severe degradation of service at interconnection points between Comcast, Verizon and other monopoly "eyeball networks" and "transit networks" such as Cogent, which was contracted by Netflix to deliver its bits. The report shows that interconnection points give monopoly ISPs all the leverage they need to discriminate against companies like Netflix, which compete with them in video services, simply by refusing to relieve network congestion caused by external traffic requested by their very own ISP customers. And the effects victimize not only companies targeted but ALL incoming traffic from the affected transit network. The report proves the problem is not technical, but rather a result of business decisions. This is not technically a Net neutrality problem, but it creates the very same headaches for consumers, and unfair business advantages for ISPs. In an accompanying article, Crawford makes a compelling case for FCC intervention.

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DP Review: DxO Labs introduces OpticsPro 10 with atmospheric haze correction feature

DP Review (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 03:40 AWST)

DxO has taken the wraps off its OpticsPro 10, the latest software version that brings with it, among other things, DxO ClearView for correcting atmospheric haze. Joining the new feature are some improvements to the software, not the least of which is enhanced noise reduction promised to trump competing products, as well as interface changes. Read more

DP Review: Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df

DP Review (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 03:01 AWST)

Luxury goods brand Brikk has released the price of its forthcoming 'Lux Nikon kit' that has been finished in its trademark yellow gold and which will be on sale this month. Set to cost $41,395, the kit will include a gold plated Nikon Df body, a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens with gold plated lens cap and lens hood, together with the usual charger, cables and software, and will come in a specially made gold plated Zero Haliburton hard case. Read more

Slashdot: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 03:00 AWST)

Nerval's Lobster writes Apple design chief Jony Ive has spent the past several weeks talking up how the Apple Watch is an evolution on many of the principles that guided the evolution of timepieces over the past several hundred years. But the need to recharge the device on a nightly basis, now confirmed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, is a throwback to ye olden days, when a lady or gentleman needed to keep winding her or his pocket-watch in order to keep it running. Watch batteries were supposed to bring "winding" to a decisive end, except for that subset of people who insist on carrying around a mechanical timepiece. But with Apple Watch's requirement that the user constantly monitor its energy, what's old is new again. Will millions of people really want to charge and fuss with their watch at least once a day?

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Slashdot: A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 02:18 AWST)

lpress writes I tested CBS All Access video streaming. It has technical problems, which will be resolved, but I will still pass because they show commercials in addition to a $5.99 per month fee. Eventually, we will all cut the cord and have a choice of viewing modes — on-demand versus scheduled and with and without commercials — but don't expect your monthly bill to drop as long as our ISPs are monopolies or oligopolies.

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Digital Photography School: 5 Fears to Overcome When Starting a Photography Business

Digital Photography School (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 02:00 AWST)

As you enter the field of professional photography, there is one thing that will become immediately clear. One of your biggest obstacles will be fear. You will worry that you are not prepared for a job, that you are not experienced enough, that something will go wrong, or that they will not like your images.

Business Portrait

Business Portrait.  Each photography job will have a different makeup and you should create a game plan going in.

This is normal and I have bad news for you; the fear will never fully go away. It will get easier however, and you will become better at pushing through it. As time progresses you will find yourself confidently going into jobs that you used to make you petrified. But even then, a whole new set of fears will arise as you move into more advanced jobs.

This can paralyze you, especially as you are starting out. It is the biggest obstacle that will stand in your way towards becoming successful. But fear not, because you are not alone. Even the more experienced photographers stay up sleepless the night before jobs.

The key is to harness that fear and understand that it is normal. It is good in fact, because it means that you are progressing and trying new things. It means you are doing something interesting that you will be proud about afterwards. As you learn, you will make mistakes, but it is how you deal with those mistakes, how you learn from them, and how you push through the fear that will be the impetus for your success.

Here is a list of my toughest fears to push through as a professional starting a photography business, and how I deal with them.

1. Is my work good enough? What if I’m not experienced enough for a job?

When you begin to think about starting a business the scariest question is whether your work and your abilities are good enough. You may have heard you are talented or that you have a gift for image making, but the reality is that being a good photographer is based on your experience and the amount of effort, thought, and study that you put into your work. Anyone can take a good photograph, but professionals learn to do it day in and day out in a variety of circumstances.

If you are starting out, no matter how good you are, you will have a lot to learn. It is important to know this. Everyone started somewhere. Spend time researching people who do the type of work that you want to do and figure out how they do it. Learn from them. Read about photography and settings and situations. Use websites like dPS to improve your skills. Before you do a job research what you want the photographs to look like and plan out how you will pull them off. Go into the job with a plan.

Portraiture

Environmental Portrait. If you are an introvert like me, interacting with subjects to get them in the right mindset will make you nervous. This will improve with experience and you should study other photographers to pick up tips on how to best interact with subjects.

If you treat your image making like this and put the work into it, even if you are not currently ready, you will be soon. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be when going into jobs and marketing yourself. All of the information is out there for you to prepare yourself, it is just a matter of doing it.

You will most likely look back on your work two years from now and see how much better you have become, and that is the point. Everyone had to start from somewhere and it is the prepared and thoughtful photographers who ultimately become successful.

2. Am I charging the right amount of money?

Pricing is an artform based on experience. At first it can be scary because you will not have any experience with it. Also, if you are not confident in your work or your ability, then how can you be confident in pricing your work?

If you are entering the professional world you have to understand that you are starting a business. You need a business plan. You have to charge enough to make a living. If you are making the commitment to do this, even if you are not fully comfortable yet, you still have to make a living.

Research other photographers in your area or field and figure out what they are charging. Put yourself in the customer’s shoes and think about what they might be willing to pay. Create a pricing structure based on this and raise your prices as you become more experienced. Some jobs you will lose because you are too expensive. No matter what you charge, there are always people who will think you are too expensive. Do not let these people affect your opinion of what you charge. Other customers will pass you by because you are not expensive enough! That happens.

Portraiture

Environmental Portrait. Some jobs will be much easier than others but always plan for the worst.

Imagine you are hiring a wedding photographer with a budget of $5,000 and you like two photographers who seem like they have fairly similar experience, but one charges $2,000 and the other charges $4,500.  Which one will you hire? Some might hire the $2,000 photographer but many would hire the $4,500 photographer because they would assume that this photographer was more experienced solely based on the price they command. They would not want to risk hiring the cheaper photographer for the most important day of their lives.

Also, if people tell you your prices are too high, educate them on why you charge what you do. Many people who hire you will not understand photography. There are a lot of people out there who think photography is just about getting a camera, showing up for an hour, going home, and sending the photos. That is so, so far from the truth. Explain what you will be doing for them, the time and knowledge that goes into the job, and why it is priced where it is. Some people will understand, be happy that you explained it to them, and will then hire you. Some will not, but then you don’t want to work with those people in the first place.

Do not be afraid to lose a job because of price. That will inevitably happen and it should not dictate your pricing strategy.

3. Will my equipment break?

This one scares the heck out of me. What if something breaks while I am on a shoot? If you are creating a photography business, you need to have backups in place. A photographer plans based on contingencies. This is not only a vital business practice, but very important for your peace of mind and confidence.

Have an organized system for your equipment and bags and a consistent way of packing them for jobs. Have a backup of everything. If you do the same job regularly, then it is worth it to purchase two of everything that you use regularly. You can consider renting equipment for jobs that you do not do as frequently.

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4. The neverending job and difficult clients

I used to have a big problem taking jobs that I shouldn’t have gotten involved in. I would be flattered that someone wanted to hire me and I hated to turn down income, particularly during the lean times. This became a huge problem, especially with the difficult clients who kept changing the job parameters and asking for more. This mistake cost me a lot of time and ultimately money.

Your time is valuable and certain jobs, particularly when you are starting, will not be worth your time. If you are starting a photography business you need to build up a steady stream of clients and having one take up an inordinate amount of your time, particularly if they are not paying you well, is just not worth it. You could be spending that valuable time marketing yourself and building your knowledge and business.

Always get all of the information up front from the client before you quote a price and size them up. It can be obvious, sometimes right away, when a client will be difficult. When you get all of the details stated up front, if the parameters of the job happen to change later in the process, then you will have the grounds to ask for more money for the extra work they are asking you to do. This will keep clients from taking advantage of your time and asking for more than what was agreed upon. Sometimes they will not even remember what they had asked for at the beginning.

An engagement portrait. Some clients will prefer more posed portraiture that looks like it came out of a magazine. Some will want both. The better you know your clients the better you can anticipate what the will want.

An engagement portrait. Some clients will prefer more posed portraiture that looks like it came out of a magazine. Some will want both. The better you know your clients the better you can anticipate what the will want.

5. Will the client like my work?

I have been doing photography jobs for a decade now and I still get nervous every single time I have to press the send button for the final images. No matter how confident I am in them, that fear is never going to go away for me. It might be the same for some of you.

However, it used to be more debilitating than it is now. At the beginning it would cause me to procrastinate and it would cause me to take so much longer editing the images than it should have. I notice that this happens to a lot of photographers. Newer photographers often spend much more time on the editing than the more experienced photographers. Some of this is based on speed and experience, but I find that the biggest factor is that the experienced photographers have their editing process down to a science. There is a structure to the way they do things that makes everything more efficient and having this structure also helps reduce the fear.

Create a consistent structure for how you edit jobs. Here is mine:

  • I first start by choosing my final selection of RAW negatives that I will send to the client. I go through all of the images in Adobe Lightroom and star everything that I think is decent as three stars.
  • I then take a break to clear my head and eyes and go through the three star images and make the best of that bunch four stars.
  • The four starred images will be the ones that I will send the client.
  • I do a second and sometimes a third round through, moving some of the four starred images back to three stars and making the best images five stars. The five starred images are in case I want to send a small edit of the top photos or if I want to access them later for my portfolio.

    Business Portrait

    Friendly and natural business portraits. When you need to create images that feel natural you need a game plan for how you are going to make the subjects feel relaxed. Think ahead of time about what you can say or do to achieve this relaxed environment.

Once I have this done, the path to the finished product is laid out before me. I then go through all of the negatives and get them to the exact crop that I want. I do this because I want to see the whole sequence of images that I will be sending to the client before I start editing the final look of them.

Finally, I go through and edit the images. The hardest aspects for me are getting the color balance, contrast, and exposure to be perfect. Also, one of the toughest things to do is to make all of the photos feel consistent. This is why I like to have the final edit of negatives chosen and cropped before I begin to work on the aesthetics. It gives me a clear path to get to this endpoint.

Do you see how an efficient system can cut out hours and even days of editing time? It keeps you organized and this organization is meant to break through any procrastination and worry about the final photographs. Then, all you have to do is stand up for a second, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and hit the send button.

Take yourself seriously, especially when you are starting out. If you are starting a photography business, commit to it. You are a photographer, you don’t do photography. You have a product that takes a lot of effort, knowledge, and skill. Your product has a lot of value and not everyone with a DSLR can do what you do.

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Slashdot: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 01:37 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy." Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation."

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Slashdot: Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 00:55 AWST)

A friend of mine who buys and sells used books, movies, etc. recently purchased a box full of software on CD, including quite a few old Linux distributions, and asked me if I'd like them. The truth is, I would like them, but I've already collected over the last two decades more than I should in the way of Linux distributions, on at least four kinds of media (starting with floppies made from a CD that accompanied a fat book on how to install some distribution or other -- very useful in the days of dialup). I've got some boxes (Debian Potato, and a few versions of Red Hat and Mandrake Linux), and an assortment of marketing knickknacks, T-shirts, posters, and books. I like these physical artifacts, and they're not dominating my life, but I'd prefer to actually give many of them to someplace where they'll be curated. (Or, if they should be tossed, tossed intelligently.) Can anyone point to a public collection of some kind that gathers physical objects associated with Free software and Open Source, and makes them available for others to examine? (I plan to give some hardware, like a pair of OLPC XO laptops, to the same Goodwill computer museum highlighted in this video, but they probably don't want an IBM-branded radio in the shape of a penguin.)

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Slashdot: Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

Slashdot (posted on Friday October 31, 2014 at 00:13 AWST)

Advocatus Diaboli writes with a selection from The Intercept describing instructions for commercial spyware sold by Italian security firm Hacking Team. The manuals describe Hacking Team's software for government technicians and analysts, showing how it can activate cameras, exfiltrate emails, record Skype calls, log typing, and collect passwords on targeted devices. They also catalog a range of pre-bottled techniques for infecting those devices using wifi networks, USB sticks, streaming video, and email attachments to deliver viral installers. With a few clicks of a mouse, even a lightly trained technician can build a software agent that can infect and monitor a device, then upload captured data at unobtrusive times using a stealthy network of proxy servers, all without leaving a trace. That, at least, is what Hacking Team's manuals claim as the company tries to distinguish its offerings in the global marketplace for government hacking software. (Here are the manuals themselves.)

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Thursday October 30, 2014

Slashdot: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 23:32 AWST)

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes Time Warner Cable's results have been buoyed recently by higher subscriber numbers for broadband Internet service. In the latest period, however, Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 overall residential customer relationships [Note: non-paywalled coverage at Bloomberg and Reuters]. The addition of 92,000 residential high-speed data customers was offset by 184,000 fewer residential video customers in the quarter. Triple play customers fell by 24,000, while residential voice additions were 14,000.

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Slashdot: Drupal Warns Users of Mass, Automated Attacks On Critical Flaw

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 22:50 AWST)

Trailrunner7 writes The maintainers of the Drupal content management system are warning users that any site owners who haven't patched a critical vulnerability in Drupal Core disclosed earlier this month should consider their sites to be compromised. The vulnerability, which became public on Oct. 15, is a SQL injection flaw in a Drupal module that's designed specifically to help prevent SQL injection attacks. Shortly after the disclosure of the vulnerability, attackers began exploiting it using automated attacks. One of the factors that makes this vulnerability so problematic is that it allows an attacker to compromise a target site without needing an account and there may be no trace of the attack afterward.

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Slashdot: Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 22:09 AWST)

SmartAboutThings writes If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company — which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third-largest smartphone maker.

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Slashdot: New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 21:54 AWST)

Ever thought that all those crash-test dummies getting slammed around in slow-motion were reflecting an unrealistic, hard-to-achieve body image? One company is acting to change that, with some super-sized (or right-sized) dummies more in line with current American body shapes: Plymouth, Michigan-based company Humanetics said that it has been manufacturing overweight crash test dummies to reflect growing obesity trends in the U.S. Humanetics has been the pioneer in crash test dummies segment since the 1950s. But now, the company's crash test dummies are undergoing a makeover, which will represent thicker waistlines and large rear ends of Americans.

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GNOME Look: Morning dew (Cairo-Clock Theme)

(posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 21:49 AWST)

ThumbnailMorning dew
(Cairo-Clock Theme)
Morning dew
Pure vector clock for cairo-clock

(For install, unpack to: /usr/shere/cairo-clock/themes)
You can use it for screenlets, cairo-dock,s clock, and for clocky too.

For Gnome,KDE,Xfce...

changelog:
2014.10.30.:
Added clocky files, in a separated folder. (Third screenshot)
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Slashdot: Australian Gov't Tries To Force Telcos To Store User Metadata For 2 Years

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 21:28 AWST)

AlbanX writes The Australian Government has introduced a bill that would require telecommunications carriers and service providers to retain the non-content data of Australian citizens for two years so it can be accessed — without a warrant- by local law enforcement agencies. Despite tabling the draft legislation into parliament, the bill doesn't actually specify the types of data the Government wants retained. The proposal has received a huge amount of criticism from the telco industry, other members of parliament and privacy groups. (The Sydney Morning Herald has some audio of discussion about the law.)

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Digital Photography School: 4 Reasons to Capture Images of You and Your Child Together Right Now

Digital Photography School (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 21:00 AWST)

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1. You Need to Document That You Were There

I get it, I do. You’re the one behind the camera. You’re the one taking the photo of that adorable little smile. You’re the one documenting that you spent a day at the park together. Someone’s got to do it, right?

Sometimes you have to get on the other side of the camera, and let someone else be the photographer for a minute. Even if you weren’t planning on being in photos that day, just do it. It doesn’t matter if your hair is perfect. It doesn’t matter if you wore the most flattering outfit. It doesn’t matter if you meant to lose five pounds first. Just get in there.

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When your kids look back at photos years later, don’t you want them to remember the fun times you had together, instead of wonder if you were even there, since you don’t appear in ANY photos? Don’t you want to remember yourself as a young mother with a brand new baby, or a father that loved to play football with your kids? You may think that you’ll remember how things were, but the fact is, you won’t remember everything. These photos showing that you were THERE will mean everything to you and your kids later.

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2. Once Upon a Time Your Kids Were Small

One day that baby boy you’re holding in your arms is going to tower over you. He’ll have big man hands, and his voice will be deep and strong. You’ll have a hard time believing that there was a time when his teeny fingers couldn’t even wrap all the way around your fingers. Make sure to capture the little details. Those little faces, hands, and feet are so adorable when contrasted with a parent’s hands.

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You might have days where you wonder if this kid ever even thought you were cool, or wanted to be around you, and honestly, you’ll probably have days where you wonder if you want to be around them. These photos that prove that your kid once thought that you hung the moon will then become even more meaningful. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing to warm your heart and strengthen your bonds.

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3. You Have Fun Together

You know those things that you do together that are just between the two of you? Maybe it’s eskimo kisses, tossing your child in the air so they can feel that sensation of flying for just a moment, or exploring new things together. Those special things you do together will change through the years. How much fun would it be to have all of those bonding memories captured to look back on, and remember how your child grew and changed as the years flew by?

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Capturing your fun times together can be as big as taking photos of the two of you together on a ferris wheel, or with the classic car you restored together; or they can be as small as a special high five you always give each other. When you document these things with your kids, it shows them that they are a big part of your life, and the things you do together are as important to you as they are to them.

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4. You Love Each Other

Yes, this is perhaps the most important reason to get photos with you and your child together. You love each other. Your relationship is one of the most important relationships either of you will ever have in your life. A picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine how much a photo of you looking at your infant child with complete fascination and adoration will mean to that child when she is grown. Imagine how much you will treasure a photo of your child gazing up into your eyes with absolute trust. Saying “I love you” means so much, but a photo is a lasting reminder of that love.

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I hope these four reasons will encourage you to be in more photos with your children. You will never ever regret these precious moments captured forever.

The post 4 Reasons to Capture Images of You and Your Child Together Right Now by Melinda Smith appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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Slashdot: Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 20:46 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Scientists of the Northeastern University, in collaboration with European scientists, developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the progression of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and its international spread under the assumption that the outbreak continues to evolve at the current pace. They also considered the impact of travel restrictions, and concluded that such restrictions may delay by only a few weeks the risk that the outbreak extends to new countries. Instead, travel bans could hamper the delivery of medical supplies and the deployment of specialized personnel to manage the epidemic. In the group's page, there's also an updated assessment of the probability of Ebola virus disease case importation in countries across the world, which was also invoked during the Congressional Ebola debate. The group also released a map with real-time tracking of conversations about Ebola on Twitter. Policy makers and first responders are the main target audience of the tool, which is able to show a series of potential warnings and events (mostly unconfirmed) related to Ebola spreading and case importation.

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Slashdot: MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 20:05 AWST)

MarkWhittington writes Professor Richard Binzel published a commentary in the journal Nature that called for two things. He proposed that NASA cancel the Asteroid Redirect Mission currently planned for the early 2020s. Instead, he would like the asteroid survey mandated by the George E. Brown, Jr. Near-Earth Object Survey Act of 2005, part of the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, funded at $200 million a year. Currently NASA funds the survey at $20 million a year, considered inadequate to complete the identification of 90 percent of hazardous near-Earth objects 140 meters or greater by 2020 as mandated by the law.

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GNOME Look: Emerald 1.2 (GNOME Icon Theme)

(posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 19:20 AWST)

ThumbnailEmerald 1.2
(GNOME Icon Theme)
Clean and fresh icons theme
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This icons theme is based on "Flattr" icons theme and "Breeze"(plasma next icons) icons theme.
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"Flattr": https://github.com/NitruxSA/flattr-icons
"Plasma next icons": https://github.com/NitruxSA/plasma-next-icons
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GTK theme: "SnowBird":
Gnome-Look HomePage: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/SnowBird?content=167346
DeviantART HomePage: http://fav.me/d824jey
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DP Review: First Hasselblad in space goes to auction next month

DP Review (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 19:15 AWST)

The first Zeiss lens and Hasselblad 500C camera to visit space will be going up for auction on November 13 via RR Auction in Boston. The unit is a piece of history, having joined Wally Schirra during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission and, later on, Gordon Cooper during the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission. Read more

DP Review: Sony G Series XQD format v.2 memory cards introduced

DP Review (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 19:00 AWST)

Sony has introduced a new line of XQD format version 2 memory cards, the G Series. As with other XQD cards, the G Series promises fast read and write speeds that are able to match the demanding needs of select cameras, such as the Nikon D4 and D4s. In turn, Nikon has announced that the D4s will support Sony's version 2 XQD cards, with improved write speeds and burst capacities. Read more

Slashdot: Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 17:26 AWST)

Presto Vivace writes H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. "In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, 'are temporary records and subject to destruction' after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB."

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DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for parts of the Pilbara today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 16:16 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 31 October, for parts of the Pilbara.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 31 October, for parts of the Pilbara.
 
This includes:
• Shire of Ashburton
• Shire of East Pilbara - inland western part
• Town of Port Hedland local government area - inland part
• Shire of Roebourne

Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames. Have your bushfire survival plan and kit ready.
 
Keep up to date with bushfire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for a warning before you act. If you see flames call triple zero.

These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.
 
If a fire starts and takes hold:
• It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.
• Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may come from many directions.

If you live in or near bush with high fuel loads then you are at risk and need to act:
• Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts.
• If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
• Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety.
You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.
 
To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.
 
Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).
Publication Time: 31/10/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 1/11/2014 12:00 AM

DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for inland parts of the Gascoyne today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 16:22 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Extreme
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 30 October, for inland parts of the Gascoyne.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 30 October, for inland parts of the Gascoyne. 
 
This includes:
• Shire of  Carnarvon – inland part
• Shire of  Cue
• Shire of  Meekatharra
• Shire of  Menzies – the far western part
• Shire of  Mount Magnet
• Shire of  Murchison
• Shire of  Sandstone
• Shire of  Shark Bay – inland part
• Shire of  Upper Gascoyne
• Shire of  Wiluna – western edge and the south western tip
• Shire of  Yalgoo

Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames. Have your bushfire survival plan and kit ready.
 
Keep up to date with bushfire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for a warning before you act. If you see flames call triple zero.

These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.
 
If a fire starts and takes hold:
• It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.
• Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may come from many directions.

If you live in or near bush with high fuel loads then you are at risk and need to act:
• Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts.
• If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
• Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety.

You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.
 
To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.
 
Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).
Publication Time: 31/10/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 1/11/2014 12:00 AM

DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Extreme fire danger advice for central and southern parts of the Interior today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 16:24 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Extreme
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an Extreme Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 31 October, for central and southern parts of the Interior.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an Extreme Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 31 October, for central and southern parts of the Interior.
 
This includes:
• Shire of Laverton – north western, central and eastern parts
• Shire of Menzies – eastern part
• Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
• Shire of Wiluna – central and eastern parts

Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames. Have your bushfire survival plan and kit ready.
 
Keep up to date with bushfire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for a warning before you act. If you see flames call triple zero.

These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.
 
If a fire starts and takes hold:
• It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.
• Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may come from many directions.

If you live in or near bush with high fuel loads then you are at risk and need to act:
• Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts.
• If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
• Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety.

You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.
 
To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.
 
Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).
  

Publication Time: 31/10/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 1/11/2014 12:00 AM