* Posts by Graeme

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Beware of Greeks bearing spammy small omicrons, says Google

Graeme

Yep

Took me a while to see what the difference on the MyBank example was, so I suppose there's a decent risk of being caught out. That said, it would require going against the "never click on a link in a bank (or any site requiring login details) email" for most to be sucked in.

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Colbert report reveals VMware's AirWatch integration plan

Graeme

Why diversify?

Because they need to keep raking in the money at the same rate they've been doing over the last few years. The problem is the hypervisor market is more or less saturated so they can't expect to get any significant growth in that sector (particularly given the rise of capable competitors). They need to add some other strings to their bow if they want to keep their share holders happy.

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Casino chain Affinity's credit card system popped AGAIN

Graeme

They "had no evidence that cards were compromised" - and precisely the same amount of evidence that they weren't compromised, though the assumption would be that they were. After all, whoever went to the trouble of getting the information didn't do it because they like to read strings of numbers, they planned to do something with it.

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

Graeme

Re: Cisco servers?

Maybe 10 years or so ago (maybe less), but not now. Cisco's video servers were just rebadged Proliants. Cisco & HP used to be very cosy, to the extent that HP reps got paid more for selling Cisco switching than they did for selling HP switching. Then they bought 3Com/H3C and Cisco spat the dummy.

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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

Graeme

From that Wikipedia article...

"Aboriginal custom throughout Australia bans a person from talking directly to their mother in law or even seeing her"

Oh how I wish that wasn't just restricted to Aboriginal custom.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

Graeme

Re: iiNet - best customer service ever

Had reason to call them a few months ago (lost ADSL sync). When they realised I didn't have their standard BOB ADSL modem but a Juniper device they'd not heard of they cut short all the "have you turned it off and on again?" nonsense and booked an engineer to come out. It's great that they realise that the numpty on the end of the line might just have a clue.

I think there's only a single level for their phone tree (sales/support/something else). As for call queues - not a problem. You get a recorded message saying how long your expected wait is. If that's too long for you they give you the option to receive a call back from them and you retain your place in the queue once you've hung up.

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

Graeme

Here we go again

Sounds like what happened in the late eighties -

big push for engineers + 3-4 year degree course > graduates coming out to find a job market full of newly redundant engineers fighting for the same jobs

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Graeme

I popped into Maplin last time I was back in the UK and it seems to have followed the same "consumer tat" route that Dick Smith Electronics have down this end. Thankfully our local DS has had an Altronics open up right next door to them and they are similar to Maplin/DSE a couple of decades ago - useful!

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Telstra 'snot boxes' challenge Turnbull's FTTN plan

Graeme

Re: Doesn't this just show that fibre is going to be costly?

But then your local cabinet has to cater for both copper AND fibre. If you're doing that then you might as well go fibre end to end rather than mess about with the expense and complexity of maintaining two different technologies and two different end to end communication methods.

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Want to remotely control a car? $20 in parts, some oily fingers, and you're in command

Graeme

Re: Yes please

I knew it wasn't just me!

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

Graeme

Re: did he damage the roof of the building

"the most recent stats I can find state that 161500 people die every day, so even my death will be insignificant."

No, even with some of the attitudes on display here, almost everyone's death is significant to someone. Maybe not on the global scale, but friends and family tend not to care about that.

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

Graeme

Why SES?

I'm an SES member and can see no genuine reason for an SES turnout to this. Other than the obvious entertainment factor that is.

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Online shopping tax slug not worth the effort: National Australia Bank

Graeme

Re: Won’t make much difference …

" local suppliers don’t have the stock, or the range, or the understanding to justify wasting your time trying to buy locally."

Definitely. A few weeks back I needed to order some low cost items (about $50 in total) and discovered an Australian based supplier who was only a dollar or two more expensive than getting it shipped from overseas who boasted of 4-6 day delivery (perhaps they on. That was obviously only if they have them in stock, but there's no indication of stock levels on their site. After emailing them several days after they charged my credit card I was told they had to wait for stock to arrive.

If you can't get even the most basic of information without emailing them, what is the point in even dealing with them if they offer no price advantage?

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Antidote for poisonous Aussie Red-Back Spider venom DOESN'T WORK

Graeme
Flame

I've been bitten by a red back

No pain relief or anti-venom was required. It was rather a strange experience - the bite area was painful (but not unbearable so) but more hot and sweated an awful lot, which was unusual as the surrounding skin was dry. Not something I'd care to repeat, but at least I know what the symptoms are if ever the kids get bitten by one, though they tend to keep their distance from most bitey beasties.

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Australia to world: Ploughman, dig our rare earths

Graeme

Political stability?

I would have though China was more politically stable than Australia. It has, after all, had the same governing party for quite a few decades now. Politically *desirable* is a different matter.

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Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

Graeme

Re: Quick question

I've just tried it and, using the Windows pointer app, it looks like it can't. It does detect above, in front and behind the device, so perhaps it's just getting confused by the plane of the desk. I imagine it could have an application written which just ignores everything on the plane of the desk, so I can't see why it wouldn't work. Sounds quite an attractive idea.

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Why you backed Vulture South's crowdfunded capers

Graeme
Joke

"a sad indictment on the management style of our current Prime Minister"

When was this comment written? "Current" seems to be an important variable when talking about Australian Prime Ministers.

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NBN collapses* into chaos*

Graeme
Unhappy

Re: Bye, bye copper!

Downvoted purely because of the jealousy triggered by your final paragraph. Our Perth suburb isn't due to get connected for another 3 years or so.

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First ‘three strikes’ decision handed down in NZ

Graeme

Re: You guys just let that "3 Strikes" metaphor go through untouched?

You're right, it's scandalous! I await the "3 Strikes-gate" headlines with bated breath.

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NBN contracts reveal the state of Telstra’s ducts

Graeme

Re: What IS direct buried cable?

At a guess, cable buried without being run through conduit/ducting. That how it's run to my house, or it seems that way. My reticulation control wiring runs in conduit about 1' underground and starts level with the phone cable entry point. Having dug down 1' the phone cable did not appear to be run through any conduit.

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Graeme
Boffin

I wonder if using fibre for the connection will negate the requirement for a "certified installer" to do comms work in your house. The primary reason given for this requirement is that it is to protect guys up the line from getting buzzed if your work wasn't up to scratch and shorted to mains power or similar. If it's 100% fibre at the end then that reason goes away.

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

Graeme

A bag of quick setting cement down the bog would go some way to either encouraging her to pay up or at least make the plumber feel partially revenged.

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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

Graeme
Gimp

Re: No.

Hmmm... sounds very like an encounter a bloke I knew had when he went on a whitewater kayaking trip there. If I remember correctly, a rifle was also involved. He learned afterwards that this was common behaviour for her.

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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

Graeme
FAIL

Re: As far as I'm aware, "GPS" won't work underground.

Oh they can, and do, get McDonalds. If you ever have the misfortune to get on one of the flights to a FIFO site, you'll be accompanied by many malodorous boxes of their product. They are so treasured by the remote worker that there are some who are willing to eat them cold/reheated. Same goes for carrying Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Sydney airport to Perth (WHY?!?!).

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Sinclair BASIC comes to Raspberry Pi

Graeme

It won't be the same unless it replicates the rubbery multi-function keyboard. It would take a while to get out of the habit of typing things such as "RUN un" though.

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Ocker CANNIBAL DEATH SPIDERS invade Japan!

Graeme
Joke

Australian Tourism advert/warning...

http://youtu.be/eNEeq5qGh8I

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Graeme
Joke

Re: Only a flesh wound

Yes, I now have the amazing ability to wield a spray can of pesticide.

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Graeme
Pint

Only a flesh wound

Nice timing on the article. I was bitten by a red back a couple of days ago. I've required no treatment other than an ice pack and a beer or two (I seem to have gone native). Yes, it hurts a fair bit (like a bad burn), but in the vast majority of cases that is pretty much as bad as it gets. I wouldn't want the kids to get bitten, but they seem to be pretty clued up and just leave them alone whenever they find them. The one that got me was hiding in a shirt I'd left on the floor. Sneaky little bugger. If I didn't know better I'd swear my wife put it there to teach me to pick up my clothes.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

Graeme
Unhappy

Re: The Horn!

The Horn was one of the reasons I was more than happy to make the trek up the A90 from Edinburgh to Dundee to see customers. I always allowed an extra hour or so for the trip, just to be safe. I do remember thinking the sign used to look more like a leg of ham than a horn though, but that's perfect for this article. Not been there for over a decade though.

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Holden considers electric Commodore

Graeme
WTF?

Commodore a muscle car? Even the powerful versions are barge like family cars. I've had a Commodore over here and the UK equivalent (the Vauxhall Omega) back home. They're quite nice cars, but definitely not "muscle cars". Maybe the Monaro was what you were thinking of?

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HP hangs axe over 268 UK staffers ahead of mass cull

Graeme

HR1 form

Wonderful bit of legislation that is. It would be even better if the detail contained on it weren't reported on before those affected were told. I well remember having to listen to the radio on the way to work just to check if I still had a job to go to. Twice I heard that they'd announced multiple redundancies at Compaq, but managed to avoid the chop. They got me the third time though, but I just ended up being redeployed to do the same job but reporting to a different division.

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Backups? Use disk. Archives? Disk. Particle accelerators? Fine, tape

Graeme

Re: Tape this !

A tie? If you use more current tape technology than DLT-S4 (6 years old) such as LTO5 (a couple of years old) then the figures look a lot better.

LTO5 (1.5TB worst case) = $70 or $46/TB

2TB SATA=$120 or $60/TB (though anyone using consumer grade HDD for long term data retention needs a slap)

You can also shove tape in the back of a cupboard and access it a few years later. If you do the same with a hard drive then the chances of it not spinning up properly are higher than I'd be comfortable with.

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Raspberry Pi rolls out speed surge Raspbian OS

Graeme
Boffin

Re: (Not a) Daft question

Sugru is pretty good, but it has a crappy shelf life. I bought two packs of it but 90% of it had cured by the time I got round to using it (6 months or so after purchase). I've had reasonable success making an alternative out of silicone bathroom sealant and corn flour (make sure it's proper corn flour, not finely milled wheat flour as seems common). You can find instructions if you search for "make your own sugru" which will then point you to loads of DIY sites.

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Reg hack attempts gutsiest expenses claim EVER

Graeme
Happy

Re: @BristolBachelor

And speaking of Perth, a visitor from the mystic East decided to have lunch in the waterfront bar called "The Lucky Shag". His expenses claim was returned with a note saying "Please explain" stapled to it.

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Malware-infected flash cards shipped out with HP switches

Graeme
Happy

HP's Procurve lifetime warranty isn't lifetime either. They had to stick a specific length on it for legal reasons (whose life span do you base it on?) and settled on somewhere just over 30 years (can't remember the exact figure). So if your 10/100 switch you bought yesterday (yes, they still make them) dies in 30 years time you can get a replacement for it. Mind you, they do say it'll be of "nearest current equivalent" for EOL models, so the chances are that your 30 year old network card in your machine won't be able to connect to whatever it's replaced with.

Cisco's "Lifetime Warranty" seems to have been based on the life span of a mayfly.

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TuneIn Radio Pro

Graeme
Thumb Up

Use this every day

I use this in place of my car radio. It enables me to listen to decent radion stations (mainly Radio 4) rather than the awful Australian stations (Radio National is pretty good, but not during my commute time). The time zone difference can work in my favour, e.g. listening to The Day of The Triffids on 4Extra on the way to work, or against me, e.g. Woman's Hour on Radio4 on the way home.

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Printed jaw lets woman swallow again

Graeme

@dgharmon

The reasoning may be along the lines of similar medical procedure developments I've heard of in the past, i.e. "at least if we fuck this up she'll not have to live with it for long, if we did it with someone in their twenties we'd probably have to fix it."

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Kiwis collar Megaupload kingpin, Anonymous exacts revenge

Graeme
FAIL

Aaargh!!!

When will people stop comparing the costs of manufacturing and selling a physical good (a high end car in this case, but could easily be a loaf of bread) with the cost of selling a stream of data? The costs are a lot lower and the original is still retained by the seller. If I somehow copied all of the iTunes catalogue how much would Apple et al have lost? Nothing, not even lost potential sales to me as I don't buy stuff from there anymore (yep, old fart here buys physical CDs and creates FLACs from them).

I'm not in any way claiming that makes downloading copyrighted content for free acceptable, just that your analogy is crap.

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HP fortifies VirtualSystem arsenal

Graeme
Facepalm

c6000

If it's a C6000 from HP then it's either a printer or a low end PC. The blade enclosure is the c7000.

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Sea eagles menace Scottish children

Graeme
Facepalm

Spelling...

I was going to pick you up on the spelling of Rum, but it looks like the spelling I'm used to, Rhum, has apparently been out of date since 1991. I really ought to get more up to date maps.

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Gummint security is utterly hopeless

Graeme
Big Brother

Bloody students!

A friend's son worked on this series of penetration tests (he hinted at doing someting interesting a few months ago, but only fessed up now. Good lad). The "Cyber Security" (yeuch) course he's on certainly seems to throw some interesting tasks at them.

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Billionaire Zuckerberg kills to eat

Graeme
Pint

Bags

"Personally, I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables!"

To be fair, you didn't do it personally, you just plopped into existence at the top thanks to your ancestors. "On the shoulders of giants" so to speak. Bet Newton never thought that'd be used as a reason for digging into a steak.

(beer icon, because I now know what I'm having for lunch)

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RIM brushes off HP fondleslab innuendo

Graeme
FAIL

"And how does RIM get to copy HP when HP's pad is so far off?"

Beta hardware released to blabby early evaluators. Reading the tech press. Looking at patents then changing them slightly so not to infringe. Or they could just take the simple way out - read the glossy marketing releases that HP produced for the device months ago.

There are few secrets in the hardware world. Apple manage the secrecy side of stuff reasonably well, but even they have to pre-release information to third parties to enable all the fluffy crap that goes around the product to be ready in time for release.

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Iranian web developer faces death over porn site charges

Graeme
Unhappy

Poor bugger

If the experience of Bill Sampson is anything to go by, the Canadian government will do sod all to help and plenty to make things worse.

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HP goes Gaia with new Energy Efficient Ethernet

Graeme

Who's in charge at HP this week anyway?

Just wait AC, just wait. In a few weeks it'll be your turn and you can implement whatever changes you want. You'll need to be quick though, I think it's my turn the week after and I plan to move the servers over to Z80 processors.

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HP bids $2.4bn for 3PAR

Graeme
Stop

Patents

Trevor, even if Dell did take all the 3PAR employees then any "3PAR' like alternative they created would almost certainly infringe HP's newly acquired patents. If you use the same brains to create a solution to the same problem, they're going to come up with a remarkably similar method (or at least similar in massive chunks of it). Unless you're going to wipe their memory somehow (I vote for Friday night drinks every day).

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Aussie opposition will scrap firewall

Graeme
Go

Possibly keep NBN and no filter

By the sounds of it, the election may well be a close run thing and could be a re-run of the UK election, but with the Greens holding the balance of power. If Labour win they won't be able to push through the filter as both the Greens and now the Liberals are against it. They will however continue with the NBN as they've gone too far to stop without loosing face (long way still to go though).

Me, I'll probably vote Green. They place the Australian Sex Party ahead of both Liberals and Labour in their preferences in WA, so at least they've got a sense of humour.

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Bendy bike inventor scores design prize win

Graeme
Paris Hilton

Nice

A sporty little model that wraps itself around a pole. Where do I slip the fivers, under the saddle?

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Want to stiffen your rack?

Graeme
WTF?

Wrong target market

If the IT bods don't fall for it, then there are untold thousands of hi-fi "purists" that will buy these rack to isolate their overpriced record players.

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Guy Kewney dies at 63

Graeme
Unhappy

Sad

I remember being interviewed by him when we were launching a new piece of kit a few years back. I don't think I've ever felt so in awe of any tech journalist as I did of Guy. He asked a couple of very insightful questions which had us floored for a moment until I replied with a decidedly un-company line response. I may have stunned my colleagues, but at least I got a laugh from Guy. He'll certainly be missed.

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