* Posts by Dagg

261 posts • joined 13 Jul 2010

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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FAIL

But, But they are lawyers...

There was a letter in the local paper that stated that politician needed to be lawyers to allow then to create laws.

Guess what, they probably ended up as politicians as they were crap lawyers.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census

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Mushroom

Still CRAPPED

I have just received a 3rd paper census form to fill in! The original arrived 2 days late was fill in and posted back weeks ago.... And they still keep posting census forms through the letter box.

How much is this crap fest costing?

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: It will continue for a while longer

Have you ever ordered a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert?

No, I just order jelly.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

Dagg
Devil

You've described Scrum. Minimal ceremony, self organising team.

No! Scrum IS a ceremony, it is the prayer at the altar of the church of agile

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Dagg
Mushroom

Re: One thing I've noticed

Agile tends to foster good communication WITHIN a team and makes it easier for everyone to engage with the project;

Pure double speak bullsh*t, this is just another way that agile is used to blame the development team.

What! it failed!!!!! You devs must have failed to communicate!!!! BAD DEVS

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Flame

Re: Problem is that Agile doesn't work

Totally disagree with your disagreement.

Never worked in an Agile project that actually worked.

Currently working on project, seen two attempts to deliver, now on the third and still no delivery. Agile is an excuse for having no idea how to do something and just starting and attempting to learn on the job.

In the real world when you have a multi million dollar project with a fixed functionality, fixed time frame and fixed budget agile doesn't work.

The agile approach is to start with an undefined idea, no requirements, stuff around for ages, waste a lot of money then deliver some flaky stuff that does something. This might be ok for a startup where the stuff delivered becomes hipster and takes off for a couple of months. But if you are a real world bricks and mortar place with real stuff to do with people and suppliers to pay then build your software using the same techniques as you would build a building, dam etc. Start with a set of solid requirements functional and NON-functional, plan it cost it then start building. At least you will have a chance of getting it built on time and on schedule.

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

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Re: Anything goes?

Good point about the privacy issue.

I've had similar problems in the AREC (Amateur Radio Emergency Corp) reporting the recovery of dead body during a SAR mission.

That was NOT information the search coordinator wanted exposed to the general public and reporters.

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CERN staff conduct 'human sacrifice' at supercollider site

Dagg

Re: Dear Daily Mail...

PS. The video both causes and cures cancer.

What happens if you play it backwards...

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Re: At last some sense!

@Aus Tech why? I would have thought that as an ozze you should understand sarcasm, it's only the yanks who don't.

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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Devil

Re: HCF

On the PDP 11 (not the micro code version) the closest was 014747(octal) MOV -(PC),-(PC)

You loaded into the last memory location and executed, it just filled the whole memory top to bottom with 014747.

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

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Big Brother

Re: Oh come on, we know that other force..

The universe is finite, stupidity (especially human) is infinite!

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

Dagg

Cloud based - not much use

Having everything in the cloud sounds nice, the only problem is if you have a crap connection then don't even bother....

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

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WTF?

Re: Here's how it works...

Reasonably competent System Integrator IT Architects (and yes there sure are a lot still remaining, even in IBM) make reasonable recommendations.

The problem here is the SALES idiots that over sold a cheap substandard solution.

The competent architects should be involved in the bid process (I normally was) from that you then work out how much and how long. That is what you should be bidding, but no, some sales idiot looking for a commission says "They won't buy for that, we'll just drop they price and screw them over with scope changes" (been there) when you as architect get to deliver you have a major WTF moment!

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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FAIL

That's at best. The far more likely scenario is that the ABS did not do enough to either specify the required level of protection or simply palmed that off to IBM and stuck their heads in the sand.

The IBM approach:

Customer: I would like to buy a car.

IBM: Certainly, $xxxx please

Customer: ok

IBM: here is your car

Customer: Where are the tyres and there is no engine!!

IBM: Oh, you never asked for them, they are extra.

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

Dagg
Angel

Nah someone is building a hyper spatial bypass

We just haven't checked our local galactic planning office.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

>The vans detected the leaked local oscillator (not the IF) from the first stage of the radio receivers that picked up the TV signal.

I thought they actually used the 15,625 kHz from the EHT osc as that really radiates and using a null looped antenna you can get a very close direction.

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First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

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Thumb Down

Re: Just a short list... (not meant to be comprehensive)

Fail, the Fridge is not australian, a yank in the UK built the first working unit in 1834, a pom build a large scale plant in australian in 1856.

But the first "fridge" was in 1913 in the states.

The electric drill was patented in australia but never built, the first one was built in germany.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Happy

Re: Don't mess with evolution!

The tree of life is self pruning.

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Mystery black hole hides by curbing its appetite

Dagg

Re: missing mass (or at least some portion thereof) found?

Just because we can't find it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

One option is to do the maths to see if this type of phenomena could explain dark matter / dark energy...

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Coat

What's the bet that they used agile to develop the F-35 software.

IT angle, 'nough said...

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

Dagg

Re: Misleading

civilian citizen of good character And what the hell defines that! I've been in the states and from where I was the only definition of good was you went to the right church.

The fact that they may go to church is certainly no indication of being good, just ask those screwed over by the catholic priests...

Religion and guns are a bad mix.

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Devil

Re: Lesson learned

Satire... We are talking about Americans here, aren't we?

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Headmaster

Re: Me

centuries the language used in diplomacy was french..

Only in Europe.

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

Dagg
Big Brother

Re: Distance

I have no idea how far a meter is, it would depend on the size of the actual meter and maybe the type; audio, RF, voltmeter, amp meter, water meter...

I suspect you mean metre which is an actual unit of distance.

One day americans will get to understand metric...

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

Dagg
Boffin

Perpetual motion

Dropped cat with piece of buttered toast tied to its back.

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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

Dagg
Mushroom

Re: The Cloud...

>Which is why you have a contract...

Yea, right. What isn't included is excluded and if it is included there will be so many caveats around the inclusion that the whole thing means you a screwed.

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Facepalm

What do you expect.

Those who can do, those who can't teach (or set exams)...

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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Re: Purveying woo @ Flocke Kroes PNGuinn

That is nasty! I have a copy of pet rats and they are nice, clean, honest and cuddly. To imply that politicians are rats is an insult to rats.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Gimp

Re: Not All Bad

>c# is great

C# is like having sex with too many condoms...

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Dagg

Re: the craziest thing about it is

>Best give her machine the full AV treatment just to be sure she hasn't just installed a rather crafty piece of malware...

Nah, she is safe, W10 is the malware!

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

Dagg
Joke

Where were the Thunderbirds when you need them...

Must have had problems with moms cooking!

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

Dagg
Boffin

> Kaltern

If you are going to use an external sensor then it is much easier to use a hardware random generator. Most electronic circuits generate noise especially shot noise, this can be enhanced and it will generate a stream of random 1 and 0s.

Just google hardware random number generator for circuits.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

Dagg
Headmaster

Re: Now build a few dozen more...

Hey, MonkeyCee the hydro plants in New Zealand that have been mothballed or dismantled were all old and small and most were closed down over 60 years ago and were under 1 MW. Most of the current shutdown plants were thermal.

Current capacity

5452 MW Hydro

2413 MW Thermal

1014 MW Geothermal

685 MW Wind

68 MW Bio

Planned capacity

3400 MW Wind

1000 MW Thermal

285 MW Hydro

250 MW Geothermal

210 MW Tidal

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

Dagg
Happy

Not all money

I was fly in fly out implementing a new banking package. I didn't get massive amounts of money but over a million frequent flight points, accommodation points and loads of free accommodation for a good hotel chain.

We didn't spend much on holidays for a couple of years.

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WD rust-proofs spinners with Gold offering

Dagg
Mushroom

Still will NOT use WD

Been badly burnt, had a black die under warranty, got a replacement then it failed under warranty. I'm now majorly gun shy of anything WD.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

Dagg
Happy

Re: impact on actual codes rather than ciphers?

>In which case they also need to ban stuff such as crossword puzzles, synonyms and doublespeak.

Also all forms of advertising.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Dagg

Re: Give it up, I'm not buying fuel any more

Try hydro, geothermal...

Also solar is no longer inefficient, with wind, solar and tidal you actually don't need constancy of supply, you need consistency of generation as you basically make hay while the sun shines (or wind blows) and store the hydrogen.

As long as you are able to generate X MW and use it to produce n tons of hydrogen a week then no problem.

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

Dagg
Mushroom

Slack is a pain, you can't spam filter it so you get all the rubbish and cute cat pictures.

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Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

Dagg
Happy

Revenge of the Cetacea

The title says it all...

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

Dagg
Mushroom

Sounds like it was developed using an Agile approach

Agile start with a vague idea of what you want then just do it. Empower the team so that everyone is responsible for the failure. Wander thru the wilderness with no direction.

Then when it craps out blame the developers because the requirements were crap, this is just like blaming the stokers in the engine room of the Titanic for crashing into the iceberg.

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How to make the trains run on time? Satellites. That's how

Dagg
Boffin

Re: Attention passengers

>Why do you assume it wasn't a train at 5:17 AM?

Because it wasn't 05:17...

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

Dagg

Re: Geothermal Power

Try Lake Taupo in the middle of the north island of New Zealand, that is also a super volcano and it contains about 8 geothermal power stations.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Pint

Re: Another way?

>I think we have a number of bunker busters in the inventory. "You can hide but we'll find you."

Not if the OS of the bunker busters is W10....

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

Dagg
Alert

I wonder...

HAL turn on the radar.

Sorry Dave, I can't do that.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

Dagg
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Those chicken snacks are nasty

If you consider Etihad rank don't go anywhere near Qantas...

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

Dagg

Re: Irish Malls

@Mage

>Also restrictive. Only one "pharmacy"/Chemist can actually do prescription

That may not be the Mall, it might be a ruling from the Pharmaceutical Guild.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

Dagg
Devil

The problem is not alcohol in the beer!

It is that evil Di-hydrogen Monoxide!

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

Dagg
Mushroom

Re: "250 grams (1 pound)"

It is 250 grams! bugger primitive archaic non standard not useful measurements. Can someone please drag the US (and sometimes the UK) into the 21st century!

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OmniRAT malware scurrying into Android, PC, Mac, Linux systems

Dagg

I have two very cuddly rats, the advantage of having rats is it keeps the mice away. Before we had the rats we had mouse problems, now no mice. Must be some sort of scent thing.

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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Mushroom

What about helicopters.

If you can do it to drones what about bloody helicopters! I have the bloody sods hovering directly over the house all the bloody time. The response from the media companies is along the line of "It is in the public interest".

Here in aus we are starting horse racing season and we end up with a local park as a helipad transporting the "well to do" to and from the various race courses, we have bloody take offs and landings every couple of minutes and one of the flight paths is directly over the suburb.

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