* Posts by Lyle Dietz

115 posts • joined 27 May 2009

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Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

Lyle Dietz

Re: Yawn

You got the Linode pricing wrong, it's $10/month for the 2GB plan, which is probably why Linode isn't worried. I'm certainly going to stick with them (once I'm ready to start a server up again).

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DARPA hands space junk spotting scope to US Air Force

Lyle Dietz

Re: Harold Holt

You forgot to mention that it's a naval facility.

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Reg hacks warned off drugs

Lyle Dietz

Because without the other drugs it might impair their ability to turn out passable copy by the deadline.

I also "don't mean coffee, tea or tobacco".

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Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security

Lyle Dietz

I'm torn

On the one hand, you have Apple whose products I won't use, and in the other you have the Big 4 Banks, whose products I won't use unless I have no other choice.

Is it possible for the ACCC to upset both sides?

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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

Lyle Dietz

Too bad the routing is absolute pants. It is supposed to be traffic aware, but it sent me crawling along the motorway before I gave up, dived down the next exit and asked Google to take me to my destination.

The only thing I like about HERE is the speed limit knowledge (when accurate) and that it shows my current GPS speed.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

Lyle Dietz
FAIL

Idiots!

Just because your car can hold it's lane and not run in to traffic doesn't lessen your responsibilities on the road. If I was that officer I would write the driver a ticket for driving without due care and attention.

I have a car with adaptive cruise control, that doesn't mean I don't have to be ready to use the brakes; it just means I don't have to use them myself as often. Most of the times the cruise control uses my brakes is when a car changes in to my lane in front of me.

If I had a Tesla I would probably use the autopilot a lot, I would still pay attention to the road though.

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Australian Information Industries Association*: you're not the future of democracy, so please shut up

Lyle Dietz

A long way off

To use electronic voting the systems need to be open source, there must be no way to tie a voter to a ballot, and there must be a way to ensure that a a voter is only tagged as having voted if their ballot is in the system. There are probably many more requirements that I haven't thought of, which is another problem, we need to scope out the entire project.

You also need to make sure that you don't dis-enfranchise anyone. I know a lot of people that would struggle doing electronic voting, and if you consider the various government systems I've used in my time, I might struggle as well..

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Switkowski wades into NBN leak debate, ALP is furious

Lyle Dietz

"Australia, why the metric monkey fuck do you keep electing these douchecanoes? Get a third party in play and flush the lot of these xenophobic bastards into the sea."

I'm trying damnit, but too many of my countrymen keep putting the majors as first preference.

In the Senate my first choice was the runner up to get a place at the last election. Hopefully the double-dissolution will create some^Wmore chaos in the Senate, for a couple of years at least.

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iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP

Lyle Dietz

A better fix is that software shouldn't start burning more cycles just because the system time is 45 years out.

Has anyone tried using this hack to set the year to 2038 or beyond?

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Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

Lyle Dietz

VR is more than just 3D. If it was only about 3D I'd probably be happy with my nVidia's 3D Vision. VR is about immersion. It gives you a wide field of view that tracks your head movement, giving you the impression of actually being there.

I wouldn't show you a 3D movie, because that would be pointless and insulting. I would show you VR because while it might not blow you away the same way as everyone else, you can enjoy it.

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Hacked-corporate-email-as-a-service costs just US$500 a seat!

Lyle Dietz

Why do Aussie cards cost more?

I mean, I'm not complaining, but I'd be interested to know what the reason is.

Is it that they are harder to come by, or is it that they are more attractive because they don't get protected as well?

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A third of Australians lose mobile services after Telstra outage

Lyle Dietz

Re: Elop ?

It's funny, because when I heard about this when I got to work this morning I was thinking the same thing.

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Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop scores gig as chief innovator for Australia's top telco

Lyle Dietz
Trollface

Good news!

I hope he performs as well for Telstra as he did for Nokia.

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Even with Turnbull's NBN, Australian ISPs are getting faster

Lyle Dietz

Re: ..because, statistics.

Maybe, but it is interesting when you have Telstra cable running at 100Mb/s that you can struggle to watch Netflix without it constantly stopping to buffer, yet everything else worked just fine.

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Oz propaganda lists 'alternative music, environmentalism' as TERROR THREATS

Lyle Dietz
Coffee/keyboard

Alternative music?

If it's alternative music that they are worried about then they should look at themselves. After all, Triple J broadcasts a lot of it and they are government owned.

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Hacker mag 2600 laughs off Getty Images inkspots copyright claim

Lyle Dietz

You're thinking of trademarks. You don't lose copyright because you don't pursue violations.

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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

Lyle Dietz
Pint

Sounds like a job for Simon

If the JVPESS could spend a couple of months under the tutelage of his neighbourhood BOFH, he'll be able to sort things out quite quickly.

Assuming he survives the encounter. Either way it's win-win; no more dealing with crap, he's either dead, or the tossers are.

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Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

Lyle Dietz
Facepalm

Pointless exercise

"The second hoped-for effect is to make life easier for Australian retailers, who complain they cannot match offshore players on price."

The local retailers by and large still won't be competitive. There is a PC bits shop near me that charges way under RRP which is cometitive with foreign prices, but that's about it.

Those who set the RRPs in Australia are taking the piss.

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Telstra's Netflix downloads get EVEN SLOWER

Lyle Dietz

Re: Hilarious

The funny part of that is that even on Telstra Cable you get a shit-house Netflix experience.

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Telstra vid downloads getting SLOWER says new Netflix speed test

Lyle Dietz

Time for testing

Seeing as I'm on Telstra Cable and getting 100Mbps down I should not have any issues with Netflix. I do though. The quality keeps moving between fantastic and potato, and I get the occasional stoppage.

I keep meaning to use a VPN to test if they are shaping traffic, I may have to finally pull my finger out and do that this weekend.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

Lyle Dietz

Re: Too good to last

For consumables like this, then yes, recycling should be high on the list goals; or if you can't make it recyclable, at least make it biodegradable.

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Lyle Dietz

Re: Too good to last

"Is that what we want, a future filled with crappy products, made so for the sake of recycling?"

Yes, because that will lead to good products that are easy to recycle.

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Alleged Aussie Anon hauled in for Indonesia phone tap hacking spat

Lyle Dietz
Pint

Re: Alledged?

Which reminds me, why aren't I at the pub?

Cheers!

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Australia's PM says data retention laws think of the children

Lyle Dietz

Think of the Children!

Anyone that uses that as an argument in their favour has just spouted a load of bollocks, and deserves to be kicked in same.

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How's your F-ITCH-bit? Surge gizmo sparks rash of complaints, watchdog's attention

Lyle Dietz
Pint

Re: So here we've had a surge of complaints from irritated customers…

Well played sir, have one on me.

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THREE vans and FIVE people: that's what Telstra needs to fix one fault

Lyle Dietz

Re: "Surprise: lightning and copper don't mix"

Actually, they mix quite well for as long as the lightning is there; it is often whatever is at the end of the copper that doesn't mix well with lightning.

I actually lost a COM port to a nearby lightning strike, the modem was fine, and there was nothing wrong with the rest of the computer, I just was never able to use that COM port ever again.

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NBN's basement-dive begins in earnest

Lyle Dietz

and Queensland.

I'm actually more than a little annoyed that I get 5Mb/s at home living in Brisbane, and I'm hard pressed to saturate it, and yet my mother lives in the country and gets 9Mb/s and I can fully saturate her link easily.

I'm fairly confident that I live closer to my exchange than she does to hers.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

Lyle Dietz
Coat

Linux on mobile.

I have this memory of a mobile phone with a slide out keyboard that ran Linux; must have been my imagination if Canonical is going to provide for those of us that "[have] been waiting for the power of Linux to make its way to [our] hand[s]."

Mine's the one with the N900 in the pocket.

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Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

Lyle Dietz
Devil

Temptation beckons

I'm tempted to jump through all the hoops required to own and operate a limousine, and then sign up as an Uber driver.

I don't know how much it would cost, but I'm sure it would be worth it to see the expression on the enforcer's face when I pull the requisite paperwork out of the glove box and then tell him to give me my money and GTFO of my car.

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If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now

Lyle Dietz

You are dense

Providing the information that this US court has requested involves someone in Ireland breaking Irish law.

Breaking the law is illegal.

Therefore this is an illegal data grab.

In addition, this isn't a valid search warrant. You can't search an Irish property with a US warrant. Well, you could, but someone could break your legs for your troubles and probably walk off scot free.

The other US companies are right to be scared. If I hold sensitive data on a service provided by an Australian subsidiary of a US company, and these shenanigans are allowed, than the US can seize my data at any time they wish without consulting an Australian court.

Naturally this isn't something I like the sound of; therefore I will not put my data at risk in this manner. Now, I might be a small drop in a large ocean, but these US companies are already looking at losing their foreign markets because of the NSA actions, and this is another nail in that coffin.

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

Lyle Dietz

Re: unsigned int, anybody?

I think a better idea would be using an arbitrary precision integer. No need to worry about overflow, as long as you have memory to store it.

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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

Lyle Dietz
Coat

I don't know this world any more

Microsoft releasing their stack on Linux? It is making me question my sanity.

If they release Office for Linux I'll have to call the dribbling academy to come and get me.

Better start fitting myself for a straight-jacket now.

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Fire fighters call for no-drone zone around bushfires

Lyle Dietz

Re: Commandeer

You don't need to commandeer them if you have your own.

I wouldn't worry too much about keeping the drone safe, if it crashes you're down a few thousand bucks, which is better than having barbecued pilots and losing a few hundred thousand dollars.

The question on my mind is can you effectively water-bomb fires from a height where you are safe from drone-strikes.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

Lyle Dietz

Re: $200 Laptop Comparison - Screen Quality

Not to mention that in 10 inches your screen resolution is likely to be something like 1366x768, maybe less.

I'm waiting for a 17 inch laptop that has a resolution better than Full HD.

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DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

Lyle Dietz

What is this "sleep" you speak of?

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

Lyle Dietz

Such hatred

Why do I get the feeling that a lot of the people that want to keep sysvinit have never tried to read a service script, let alone write one.

Believe me, when you're trying to figure out why your service isn't starting, systemd looks mighty nice, and upstart is pretty cute too.

I for one welcome our systemd overlords.

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Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech

Lyle Dietz
Linux

Centos?

Given the new tie up between Centos and Redhat, can we assume that Centos 7 will release at the same time, or will it be a few months? Enquiring minds and all that.

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Data of 42 MILLION seekers for love plundered from Aussie dating site

Lyle Dietz

No reversal needed

They have a plain text dump. They can take these password, hash them with the same salt as the FB password, and see if they get the same hash as is stored in the database. You know, like what happens whenever you log in.

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Crack our 'military-grade' email encryption and we'll give you 5% of our firm

Lyle Dietz

Makes sense

If you collect the 5% stake in the company, it is then in your interest to improve the value of that company. You'd start offering suggestions on how to improve things, and seeing as you had sufficient knowledge on how to break it originally, these suggestions would actually be worth something.

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

Lyle Dietz

I am sceptical about anthropogenic climate change, but having them talk about moving to more nuclear power makes me happy.

I may not agree that humans are causing climate change, but as a country boy at heart, I like clean air.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Lyle Dietz

What is next?

We are now past what everyone suspected with "Burning Platforms", and knew when Nokia said it was going with WinPho.

I guess now we see if there was any plan past this point.

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NASA restarts WISE telescope to spot potential Earth-killers

Lyle Dietz
Joke

"we're going to hit the ground running"

I see what you did there...

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Lyle Dietz
Pint

Re: Well...

If you don't want her, what makes you think we do.

Aw hell, with a few beers I'm sure she'll look all-right.

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Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'

Lyle Dietz
Pint

The BOFH is precognisant

I remember him talking about the magic of WORN drives may years ago

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Torvalds frustrated at missing simultaneous release

Lyle Dietz
Trollface

Re: Careful Linus

Considering the anniversary in question, it could be considered appropriate.

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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

Lyle Dietz
Devil

Re: What is wrong with you Microsoft...

SNAFUBAR?

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Village-swallowing MUDCANO was no accident, say boffins

Lyle Dietz
Coat

Quickly

Someone get the girls in bikinis!

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Former CIA and NSA head says Huawei spies for China

Lyle Dietz

All I'm hearing is everything in the kitchen screaming racial epithets at each other.

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Citrix open sources XenServer hypervisor to chase clouds

Lyle Dietz

Re: Free?

They are all free to use, it's just how much you have to pay for support that differs.

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Mozilla devs plotting to put a stake in <blink> tag – at last

Lyle Dietz
Coat

But I want it!

Schrodinger's cat is <blink>not</blink> dead.

Okay, okay, I'm going, I'm going.

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