* Posts by Cpt Blue Bear

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Car software

"I used to have a Yamaha RD400 which was tuned an inch from being embarrassing"

I miss my RD. Fast, noisy and thoroughly obnoxious when it ran. Infuriating and heart breaking when it didn't, which was about 1 day a week plus Thursdays when there was an R in the month. I chased electrical gremlins around that bike for the whole time I had it. Earthing? Yamaha had heard of it.

In the end it had to go because The Girlfriend hated the pillion seat and having to take a shower after every trip to get rid of the smell of burnt two stroke. I sold it to a mate for whom it performed faultlessly until the engine seized one night on a wet roundabout and dumped his brother in the gutter breaking his forearm. Treacherous bastard things, two strokes...

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Meh, the fact that every time we go four wheel driving with someone in a Disco we end up towing the broken Landy is enough for me. Last one did the transfer case climbing out of a creek bed.

At least they don't catch fire like Jeeps.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: @Alistair Dabbs, re Charities.

I got that "we thought you might do it as a donation" BS from our local mainstream conservative party a few years back. I expressed surprise as I thought they were the party for of all business great and small, free enterprise, etc. I added that I was reasonably sure I saw a poster to that effect around the time of the previous state election. I further asked if their receptionist worked for free or if the alleged office manager I was speaking to (turned out she was the daughter of one of the higher ups) donated her time. Finally I asked if the owner of the rather fine and prominent building they occupied donated the rent (this would turn into a bit of a scandal over undeclared party funding when said landlord decided he'd rather have the cash). She had the good grace to look embarrassed, but not sufficient write me a cheque.

It took nine months to get a bill for just over a grand paid and I learnt why the bloke who passed me the job did so...

By contrast, the Freemason's Foundation and the Transport Workers' Union not only paid on time but said thank you.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: > location-based ads remain a disappointment

Live in SA, I presume he's offering 50% off the black market price he was charging yesterday.

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Epic Games, Epic Fail: Forumers' info blown into dust by hack

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Sigh

Security is straightforward (I'm so glad you didn't say simple or easy, cheers!) if its a consideration from the start and there's no interference from management or marketing types with silly ideas.

Let's take this case: a forum for a game. What do we actually need? A username, an email and a password. The first two need to be stored and used but the last can be hashed so even if it leaks its no use anywhere else. Simple, understood and easy to implement.

Then someone from legal points out that you need to confirm an age to comply with something or other. Note that the age doesn't have to be real, just what the user says they are 'cause this is strictly for compliance and arse covering purposes not actual child protection or anything like that. So we start collecting birth dates, flag user as legal or not and dump the original data.

Then someone from marketing has the genius idea that that data would be useful. I've never seen a compelling case beyond "personalisation" by sending an automated happy birthday message which is about as endearing as any automated greeting. So now we have personal information we have to store and the slippery slope begins. Before you know it you are collecting names, addresses, mother's maiden name and inside leg measurement and all on a system that was never intended to store anything confidential.

Been there, wrote the post mortem after it went tits up.

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Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study

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No the correct response is to say "Hey! Nice watch, what is it?" and when he swells with pride and tells you respond with a disappointed "oh" as if you thought it might have been something interesting but it turned out to be extremely mundane and not a little tacky. Then ignore him. Three of four such swift kicks in his fragile ego should send him back to his room to beat his wife in frustration.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: The trouble with backs

I had one of those once.

Right up to the afternoon he slipped on the stairs* and landed on his coccyx on the edge of a tread. The poor bastard never walked quite the same and watching him get up from a meeting room chair after half an hour was traumatic. The following few months were interesting as by mid-afternoon he was usually out of his tree on codeine.

The upside was you only had to start doing lower back stretches to get sent for a break and anything up to three days sick leave (the maximum he could authorise) got waived through as long as it was back related.

* I swear, officer, I was no where near at the time.

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Many years ago at the Aussie tentacle of an international agricultural equipment company, the company accountant printed a very confidential report relating to the impending merger of local agents into one Ozwide organisation and the parent company's planned but as yet unannounced buy out of same to create a local subsidiary. Highly confidential, one copy for the local MD, potential to affect the stock price, etc. Also not on the output tray of his printer.

Where was it?

Check the printer settings and find its gone to a printer identified only by a string of apparently random digits (in retrospect the "deu" should have given us a clue). We send another print job with the words "if you find this please call this phone number" in 24 point type. With ten minutes his extension rings and a voice says "Halloo, zis iz Gunter from Haamboourg..."

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: AMEN!

Ring your ISP and get them to put you on symmetric. Grown up providers will ask a few questions about your usage, but since you are using a business class service it shouldn't be any problem.

You are using a business class service, aren't you?

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Fact Check

He's a "creative". He can't be expected to get these complex technical terms right.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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Seconded. I get up to four marked paid results at the top then useful stuff. I think the OP has a browser hijack...

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

Cpt Blue Bear

Road trip

Many years ago when this internet thingo was all new fangled, I was involved in a company move from Melbourne to Brisbane. You can get the map out if you really want to know but its a bloody long way.

The plan: new servers are installed in Brisbane office, techs (us) in Melbourne dump a backup on Friday night and upload it to new servers and we'll all be golden for Monday morning. Now, I had some doubts about our pokey little ISDNs being able to handle that data in the allotted time, but they became moot when Telstra shut off the phones at lunch time on Friday.

Fuck.

By the time we found out it was too late to dump to tape and get it on a flight.

Double fuck.

No option then: down the old servers, pack them in the back of a car and drive to Brisbane. Two of us, two IBM AS400s and a drive pack in the back of a 1972 Chrysler station wagon thundering up the Hume in the dead of night in a desperate race to Brisvegas...

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The $60,000 logo: What it costs to change a website

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: $60,000 for this?!

No, the important task was giving a chunk of public money to someone's mates in the advertising industry. They were having real trouble getting their snouts into this public trough.

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Vic cops want 'potential radicals' off the Internet

Cpt Blue Bear

If they weren't radicalised now...

...they will be after this treatment. I wonder if anyone at VicPol has thought of this?

Not that I'm suggesting that police policy makers would foment a menace in order to further their empire building. Not at all, Officer, never crossed my mind, no need for a re-education, sorry deradicalisation camp for me.

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AFP officer abused data access to stalk ex

Cpt Blue Bear

I've just been reading a collected version of Yes, Minister (long flight, other entertainment curtailed, only paperback I was willing to steal from my host) and its quite scary. I opened it at random to a story about Jim Hacker being gamed into supporting a massive database without safe guards. Further random and then systematic reading shows that the plots of this show are still current today. When was this written? Forty years ago? The omnibus edition is dated 1984.

Plus ca change, as le Frenchies say (or at least they would if they couldn't do little finigally things on their letters)

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Oz government to put dark fibre net on the auction block

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ADSL1? I have two clients in metro Adelaide who can't even get that. The local DSLAMs are all fully occupied so nothing for them until someone moves or dies.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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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?

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: That's why you get to know the security people

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.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Oh, Neal Stephenson

What do you mean "without Russian gangsters"? Where do you think these things originated from?

That aside, yup, looks line Mr Stevenson strikes again.

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Expand this to all technology

"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.

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Cpt Blue Bear

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.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: The funniest I've seen...

"...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.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: "The Advertiser" can suck my 8-inch non-dairy creamer.

If you'd ever read The Advertiser you'd be glad of your lucky escape from reading their shitty website...

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: not alone at last

"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...

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Boring fixed 'net users still dominate Oz market

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Ausmerica

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

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: And just this morning, something else that's fishy

"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?

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Indiana, WTF?

" 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)

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Cpt Blue Bear

"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.

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Data centre dangers: Killing a tree and exploding a UPS

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Many years ago..

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...

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Nice lab after-hours incident...

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.

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"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...

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

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Germany

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...

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Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Required

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...

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: You can always try YumCha

"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.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

Cpt Blue Bear

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.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: I had a company credit card too

"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.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: I feel your pain

"... 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.

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

Cpt Blue Bear

"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.

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

Cpt Blue Bear

Not only in the public sector

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.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Nokia Maps?

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.

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

Cpt Blue Bear

If its anything like the dealer recalls we have in Aus...

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.

Muppets.

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...

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Common Tax Delusions

"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.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

@ 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.

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Have you actually used PowerShell to automate GUI operations?

" 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...

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: 2 sides

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.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: finite time...

"Ultimately I can only listen to X mins of music/year. The industry provides 106 more than I need, or can physically use."

Nail. Head.

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.

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HE'S DONE IT! Malcolm Turnbull unites left and right with piracy policy

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Counterproductive ... Security Wise

"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.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Dunno about warming

"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...

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Sony marketing?

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.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Better to beg for money $3 at a time

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...

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