"Is this the first time this has happened, or just the first time it's been noticed?"
Close to my first thought, which was: is this sort of thing getting reported more or has law enforcement in general become more actively hostile?
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"Is this the first time this has happened, or just the first time it's been noticed?"
Close to my first thought, which was: is this sort of thing getting reported more or has law enforcement in general become more actively hostile?
Hell, yeah! I've worked security as a semi employable student but large lad. Like the receptionist, they ultimately control your access so be nice to them. Say hello, smile, know them by name, ask how they are, etc.
In the days when everyone smoked, a great deal of useful intelligence could be gained by walking the extra distance and sharing a durry with the security blokes. This tactic once allowed me to bail out of a sinking ship three weeks ahead of the brown stuff impacting the rotating device (quitting before receivership means they have to pay out entitlements or admit to trading while insolvent).
In line with the original story, one place I worked had a swipe card system on the rear main door to the car park. Now those doors opened outward, the swipe unit was mounted on a pole three feet from the actual door so that no one got whacked when the doors opened. That put it right under the overflow for the third floor gutter. Cue lots of rain and a dead swipe card reader. In those days these things were neither cheap nor common, so for two weeks while the unit was replaced, the rear door to a supposedly secure building was held open with a potted palm...
The same building had outside fire doors keyed to the alarm: unless the alarm was triggered they remained locked. Nice idea but about once a week someone had to be rescued from the fire escape. After I left, I heard that someone had actually set off the alarm by holding a lighter under the smoke detector after getting trapped late one night.
What do you mean "without Russian gangsters"? Where do you think these things originated from?
That aside, yup, looks line Mr Stevenson strikes again.
"Probably because its rarely all their own work"
Cyan's community release of Myst Online fell foul of this a while back over the Bink video codec.
If you liked Myst, its well worth giving Myst Online, or whatever they are calling it at the moment, a run. It runs very well on modern hardware and manages to still look beautiful today, with the bonus that you can play through the puzzle worlds cooperatively.
Try Myst Masterpiece Edition. It runs on Win 7 and has higher resolution, true colour graphics. I played it through a while back.
If you really want to play the original version, there's a development engine for ScummVM. I've no idea how well it works because I couldn't get it to work a year or two back.
"...is two occasions of failed RAIDs within days at two unrelated small orgs."
i've seen three in the space of 5 hours but they weren't unrelated. Two sites had a shared boundary and mainns feed with a football oval where they had recently installed light towers. The third was in the club offices. Cue Thunderstorm...
"First one was a call in to say the server wasn't working. On arrival I find two failed HDDs in a 3 disk array. Pointed out the flashing red LEDs to the client who said "Ah,I thought that might be important. There only used to be one flashing light". How long has the other LED been flashing? "Oh, I don't know. It was doing that when I started here last year"."
Many years ago I did support for an art school. Something to do with sins in past life, I assume*. I used to do a monthly sweep fixing the minor problems that never got reported, generally because they didn't realise they were problems. As soon as I walk into the front office I can hear a piercing BEEEEP every coule of seconds. I could hear it two rooms away but the staff in the office seemed oblivious. 'when questioned they said it had been going on for days, at least one had wondered what it was, but none had thought to follow the noise and find out.
I tracked it two the server's UPS complaining about batteries that would no longer hold a charge.
* Actually it was kind of cool 'cause there there were lot's of hot "arty" girls.
If you'd ever read The Advertiser you'd be glad of your lucky escape from reading their shitty website...
"Given that in Oz ads now take up 30% of airtime"
They have ads on radio? I've never been able to put up with the "announcers" on commercial radio here long enough to get to an ad break...
Australia isn't really a First World Country in the way Europeans (and I'm lumping you Poms in with them) or even 'Mericans think of it. We are more like Spain or Canada - a lot of space with relatively few people lounging around the edges and a lot of space in between. Good weather (Canadian winters aside), good food and some decent surfing if you know where to look. But nobody really understands how it works and very few really give a fuck.
Costs for just about everything are high here for reasons far to complicated to go into. In the case of telecommunications, a major factor is that its a bloody long way between Australians and what connects us* is pretty much all owned by one company who have systematically failed to keep the string both dry and taut.
What they have done is build out a lot of expensive wireless infrastructure in the hope we'd pay through our collective proverbial to make video calls to one another from taxis in downtown Sydney. The other infrastructure builders have pretty much followed this model.
On the plus side, I can cross three time zones without roaming charges or wondering whether I'll even be able to make a call because the local carrier doesn't talk to mine.
Swing, meet roundabout.
Last time I looked, mining employs under 8% of working Aussies, a lot less now, which is less than manufacturing and even I'm hard pressed to think of something actually made here. The majority of those work in the back office rather than at the coalface, so to speak, so your mates who work "on the mines" are a very small sample set. The immediate limit on the resource sector is not availability of raw materials, its demand and a failure of management to understand how their customers run their economies. Don't worry about us running out of stuff to dig up, that's the least of problems right now.
* For the benefit of non-Aussies that's a joke on the tag line of a Telstra ad campaign
"Farming Today this morning - this scheme http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/control/technologies/ers/index_en.htm - laptop data entry on fishing vessels then uploading it. What could possibly go wrong?"
I built something like this a decade ago for the local(ish) prawn fisheries. It consisted of an Excel spreadsheet to fill out and a button to FTP the resulting file server where it was collated with a script and imported into an Oracle database. No need for laptops 'cause every boat already had at least three PCs on the bridge and a GSM data connection (invariably with an illegal signal amp inline - the chaos that resulted whenever a skipper forgot to turn if off when entering port was a joy to behold).
The real trick is to structure the scheme so its in the fishermen's best interest to report honestly. It turns out that if you make them feel they are part of the management process, rather than the thing being managed, you get much better data. Who'd have guessed?
" Is that why they are so hate-filled, because they worry that they might carry this "predilection" within themselves?"
After literally seconds of consideration, I can only say, "yup".
People are, in general, not very good at deciphering the motives of others. Thus the tendency to accuse others of what they would do themselves in a given situation. Witness the fundamentalist obsession with sodomy...
(Cue jokes: dirty buggers, "carry within" fnah, fnah, etc)
"They're engineers just like some of us, perhaps including you, and they get paid for this. I wonder why people reading a half-arsed article on some blog keep thinking they can do better than those who actually do the stuff for a living. Mysteries of life, I guess."
Its well documented and even has a name: the Dunning-Kruger Effect. The relevant bit says that the less you know about something the easier you think it is and the better you think you are at it.
To circle back to road safety, it also contradicts the unofficial position of most Aussie police forces in opposing driver training on the assumption that unskilled drivers will be more cautious.
A story I'm probably safe to tell now as the resulting insurance claim has been settled.
As some of you may be aware, a couple of years back there was a bit of a problem with rainwater run off in Brisbane. Basically the CBD was a couple of feet underneath it. A major Australian company who will remain nameless has a largish operation there. With the basement flooded an impromptu meeting at Head Office was told:
The local data centre is safe - its located on the 8th floor
The battery backups will definitely keep the whole shebang running long enough for the diesel generators to come on line if the power is cut.
These generators are on the roof, not in the basement which is flooded.
The fuel tanks on the roof have some number of hours fuel before they need to be refilled. This will almost certainly not be enough to get through an outage.
Where are the reserve tanks? In the flooded basement. Oops. Don't worry, we'll get one of the local IT bods to nip in and haul a jerry can or two up to the roof and top the tanks off. How exactly this was going to happen with the CBD effectively shut down was never explained.
As it was the question was moot because the the generators did not power the aircon and the whole thing went into thermal shutdown within 20 minutes of the mains being cut off...
Many years ago a client refitted one of their workshops. This involved stripping out the false ceiling, the aircon ducting above it along with thirty years of cobbled together mains wiring.
Watch yon sparky back a truck into the shop.
Watch as he climbs onto the tray.
Watch as he reaches up to cut old wiring.
Watch as he gets a boot big enough to knock him off his feet.
Turns out that the isolation switch on the distribution board was wrongly installed and only isolating one phase. Oh how we laughed. Except of course, for the poor bastard in hospital who was probably only still alive because of the rubber tyres on the truck and the fact that tray had sides.
This incident taught me to sight the licenses of tradesmen and make at least a cursory check that they understand what they are working on.
"They were lucky it wasn't the 100mm waste pipe from the toilets that came apart at a joint in the comms room's false ceiling. Happened to a colleague who was called out in the middle of the night for a nasty mess slowly dripping down the modem racks."
Dear God! That brings back horrible memories.
Shared office space with a suspended ceiling. Very convenient when it comes to running cabling, but not so much when "waste" pipe from the upstairs toilets decides split at a joint. To make matters more fun the bloke on earlies was anosmic* and didn't notice anything. Cue the mid morning rush and we had a small but noisome lake on the ceiling of the toilets on our floor. The IT cave shared a wall with said dunnies and we literally had to build a dam to prevent the lake spreading until the plumber arrived.
A tip for anyone who finds themselves in a similar predicament: if you tip the outside edges of the suspended tiles up you only have to seal the gaps rather than build a complete dam.
Now strictly speaking, this happened mid morning...
* The second time I've discovered anosmia. The first involved working on a motorbike in a closed shed. "Do you smell petrol?" says I. "No, but I am a bit light headed" replies mate who's been in there for two hours with petrol running from the open fuel tap on the other side of the bike...
He cited a child abuse investigation in Europe, saying that in the UK around 25 per cent of suspects were convicted but in “Germany, which doesn't have metadata retention legislation, almost none of them were successfully prosecuted.”
Thus presupposing guilt on the part of those suspects...
Indeed. Generally its the polly who picks up the dinner tab for the lobbists, on the public dime of course. Defense Minister, David Johnson comes to mind...
"Try checking out DansData. YumCha is his word for no-name Chinese knockoffs and generics, in fact apparently a common phrase down under"
I haven't heard the term Yum Cha in years and even then only in Melbourne. The correct Ozism for "I can't remember the brand, you've never heard of them and they'll be long gone in six months anyway" is Kung Pow. While its definitely a derogatory term, it in no way dismisses the item. It may be cheap, it may be nasty and it may work very, very well.
And thanks for the link to Dans Data.
Maybe we need a three strikes system: three false accusations and you are off t' internets. Sauce for the goose, etc.
Failing that, allow those in receipt of such notices to bill for time taken dealing with them if they are demonstrably false. I'm seriously of the opinion that doing this would end many of modern life's frustrations.
"My most blatant one was a receipt from Asda for a dozen Durex ribbed condoms, which I insisted were PPE.
Questions were asked, but they couldn't argue with my logic..."
The Girlfriend once filed her boss's "entertaining" expense claim under "laptop servicing". Questions were indeed asked, referred to her boss, grudgingly paid and he was told not to bloody try on it again.
"... and live in dread of the next major power outage happening during compulsory Facebook access time needing a bloody diesel genny."
You don't want a diesel genset - too slow to come online and have nasty spikes in the supply (or so my sparky tells me).
A mate has a small battery farm consisting of four old truck batteries (sourced for the cost of taking them away 'cause it costs the service shop to dispose of them) and a couple of solar panels to keep them charged. An old rack mount UPS provides the power management and fail-over is instant. Don't forget to hook the router up to it for full SWMBO Facebook service compliance.
It still leaves you with the question of where to put it, having exchanged noise and diesel fumes for a chemical hazard.
"In fact I remember being sent to play with the kids who had things like this so I would get it over and done with. Mumps wasn't pleasant but when your young you get over these things amazingly quickly."
Caught measles at school when I was seven. Two of my classmates ended up in what passed for intensive care in those days and a third died.
What your Mum was doing in exposing you like that was the third world equivalent of immunisation. You can catch the disease, suffer for a week, carry life long scars (or is that chicken pox?), risk blindness, nerve damage, death etc, or you can have the vaccination. Having gone through the former, I'll take the latter.
This is SOP of modern management.
If anything, making sure that the public facing bods can't even contact those actually responsible is more prevalent in the private sector. If you don't hear any complaints you can assume your customers are happy and can happily go off for a long, boozy lunch with the other inhabitants of the C-suite.
You are not alone. Samsung offer a free version of whatever Garmin's software is called. It would be brilliant on a tablet but the !@#$ won't install without a phone service.
The reason for them going off AFTER being recalled is that the dealers just didn't do the fix. My Toyota Hilux went back four times to fix a maybe, perhaps, on-some-models faulty bonnet catch. The first two times they gave the vehicle back without actually doing anything and the fourth time was to fix the damage they did to the paint work when they actually did the work on the third attempt.
WRT airbags: what I want is an option not to have the fucking things in the first place. Then I could have a proper dash mounted Jesus bar again...
"Companies do not pay taxes, these are in every case paid in full by the end buyer" blah, blah, blah.
Speaking of disingenuous...
This tired old canard again? The same argument can be applied to me: all my taxes are paid by my employer(s). If I was taxed at a lower rate I could work for less rather than inflating the prices to the end consumer. Your argument applies to ALL taxation.
@ Adair: have another upvote for succinctly paraphrasing a rant I've been giving for a decade and a half.
A colleague once summed up the Windows vs Apple interface question thus:
"Nobody likes Windows and everybody bitches about it so MS spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours trying and mostly failing to make it better. Apple users love their interface so Apple haven't touched it in a decade and it fucking shows"
I'd add that the Linux / Unix crowd are too busy trying to get their sound cards to work to worry about what a GUI looks like* or the first thing they do open a terminal anyway.
* Disclaimer: I have actually never had an issue with sound under Linux - this is rhetorical hyperbole.
" You know that to run Windows 3.1 you typed "Windows" from the dos prompt? Hardly hacked onto it later....
Actually, the command was "win". Rather ironic since I didn't get that winning feeling when the Program Manager appeared."
Someone had probably written a batch file for him...
Disties generally won't support equipment not bought through them regardless of its origin.
Refusing or charging for warranty work on "grey imports" also pisses off a lot of customers who bought equipment quite legitimately OS. You can't tell the two apart in practice and if the brand is big enough to have local representation they probably have an international warranty.
That's why most service agents just do the work.
I've only had one problem personally. That was with the local service agent for a Japanese manufacture of third party camera lenses (hint: greek letter, starts with S, rhymes with smegma) but a phone call up the chain fixed that. That was some years back.
"Ultimately I can only listen to X mins of music/year. The industry provides 106 more than I need, or can physically use."
We have a glut of entertainment. Prices should have crashed and the weak players should have been bankrupted out of the business.
There are plenty of talented performers out there, probably more than ever before. But there are also more wannabes and hacks. If you've ever had to manage talent you'd know that the latter are much easier to deal with.
"If they can make them look like utter moron's at the same time, that's just icing on the cake."
And this is why I've come to despise Bill Shorten: Labor are more interested in cheap points scoring than what is good for the country. They look more and more like the LNP every day...
I despair of government in this country. The choice is Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Even Dumber.
"This year the rain started in March and stopped last week. "
"where do you live? Obviously not the UK."
No, south eastern Europe from his second paragraph.
The last time I was in the UK it was rather obviously not in south eastern Europe. If it had been the weather would have been better, the prices lower and the inhabitants less of a pack of miserable twats. Admittedly, I was stuck in London and crossing the M25 always makes me like England a whole lot more...
Having dealth with Sony Oz for close to two decade, I'll go out on a limb and say they are quite incapable of organising such a hack. Even of themselves.
But having also dealt with marketing people (and I use the word very, very loosely), this just reeks of the sort of opportunism they think is clever.
Maybe because they want to take donations from all over the world and the Swiss can actually make that happen? Many of the same qualities that attract money launders, tax cheats and kleptocrats are also attract honest business.
Jayzus! I need to got take a shower - I'm not only defending Wikipedia but Swiss Banks...
Every problem we have is ultimately caused or exacerbated by over population. But, as you say, its a sacred cow (and there's no money to be made from it)
"IME, nothing screams 'entitled twit' like a Porsche SUV."
You've clearly never driven one. The old Cayenne Turbo S was ugly as a hat full of proverbials, but holy crap do they go!
"Let's shoot for the moon: If they have computerised door locks, can we lock everyone out of the building?"
Not out. In...
Its worse than that: Telstra don't want back in. They thought they had a great scheme to get rid of a massive financial liability in the form of the copper network. Their wet dream of getting out of their universal service guarantee was looking to come true. Instead we are going to have to pay to buy their dodgy network, pay to fix it and then pay to give it back to them.
Jake, all currency is virtual. Only the nature of the token changes. Did you pay for that beer with a debit card?
I hate to be the one to tell you, but if your sweat "eats through it" then its not shark skin. Similar to the the chick who can't wear gold because it leave a green stain on her skin...
So can I: September 1987. That was when I bought my first self-winding Seiko.
But the Lib-Nat government are against increasing the size of the public service and creating more bureaucracy. Anyway, we are supposed to be having a budget crisis so we can't afford this sort of thing if we are going to pay Boeing for a dozen jet fighters that don't meet the RAAF requirements and still don't work after ten years of development. </sarcasm>
My guess is they'll dump it on the carriers. They will do a half-arsed job and it won't serve anyone's purpose and there will be a series of screw ups, misidentifications, leaks and misuses. None of this will not be reported for national security reasons and the whole thing will be quietly dismantled somewhere down the track as a cost cutting measure.
Sales tax. Or lack there of.
Nick Xenophon has climbed aboard.
"Wasn't RedX a UK fluid vacuum gauge/mileage aid popular in the 1950's? ISTR my Dad getting one for our 1950 Ford while stationed there."
RedEx is a brand of engine cleaner / fuel treatment here in Oz. Its major use is what's called a poor man's decoke. Remove sparkplugs, squirt 10cc of the sponsor's product into each cylinder, plug holes with rag* and crank the motor for 30 seconds. Replace plugs, start engine and let idle until warm. Dump remains of bottle into tank to clean fuel lines. Finally, sell the car ASAP.
* VERY important as it will eat the paint from the underside of the bonnet when it all comes spraying out in the next step.
"Comcast's main products are frustration, annoyance, lies, and incorrect bills"
Looks like a telco, quacks like a telco...
There's a special circle of hell reserved for the person responsible for that. Waiting for him are a bunch of people like us each with a funnel in varying sizes.
An ex lost hers riding pillion. A mate following us saw it happen and picked it up. I have no idea how he managed to pull up in time 'cause we were doing well over 100km/h. For the record the bike was jelly mold CBR1000 and the phone was a Moto StarTak, which dates it nicely to the late '90s. The phone suffered a broken hinge but otherwise survived unscathed only to be drowned in suspicious circumstances a few months later.
It seems that losing and recovering phones like this wasn't as rare as I thought.
@ Richard Taylor 2: You have to remember that phones became a disposable item relatively recently. Fifteen years ago even a basic phone was over $100, and they were real dollars back then, not the Aussie Pesos we get now. Then there was the hassle of getting a new SIM. So, yes, back then you did turn around and go back for it.
[Yorkshire accent] But you tell the kids of today and they don't beleive you. [/Yorkshire accent]
Meh. I miss the screaming two-stroke engines their previous efforts used.
Of the Gods, Mate.