* Posts by Mayday

38 posts • joined 24 Sep 2012

FIVE DAY tech job interviews on trial at Oz telco Telstra

Mayday
Meh

I see their point, however...

I dont think I could afford the 5 days off from my "existing" role just to be on trial at a new place.

I understand the rationale for this type of evaluation, and is more effective than a 60 minute session where one can say any sort of shit that they like to get past and as such hired, but then again, isnt that why companies have a six month (or whatever) probation process, in addition to performance reviews?

On another note, I was interviewed by Facebook (yes, THAT Facebook) for a role a while ago. I was in the States and went through the most intensive interview process ever, it was a multi-hour process with about six different interviewers all putting you through the wringer, both technically and HR-ally (I made that word up, deal with it). I see the merits in this process too however by the end my brain was about as much good as Annabel Chong's vag after her little escapade in 1999.

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Mac malware found with valid developer ID at freedom conference

Mayday
Megaphone

This goes to show...

...that you always need to use your brain when you use your computer! Regardless of what kind it is and how "safe" it is perceived to be.

Good luck with that of course.

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Data centre networks are getting flatter and fitter

Mayday
WTF?

Holy Crap!

Sup720 today? Line rate with 10G cards? Performance mode gives you line rate with the sacrificing of ports being usable (silly line card option if you use this IMO).

If you like Cisco (I do) then you would not be looking at the 6500 any more. Like was said earlier it is going out. Nexus switches are doing the bizz these days, complete with virtualised options (xx1000v etc).

The 6500 still has its place - mainly for enterprise/campus LAN switching. Particularly high density access layer.

Also, plugging servers into the core? How do they talk to other hosts in other locations? Data Centre redundancy? Stops being the core then doesnt it? WTF?

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DDOS strikes BitCoin exchange Mt.Gox

Mayday
Mushroom

One would assume

That a Bitcoin exchange would have far less resources (ie money - virtual or otherwise) to protect against this sort of activity than a "real" bank with a turnover in the vicinity of however many billions.

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

Mayday
Mushroom

You know why they charge so much for postage/IT/TVs/Cars?

Because they CAN and they KNOW that people will pay for it - even when you account for the ~10% with the nouse to purchase overseas (obviously cant happen with cars) and import it themselves.

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Medicos hack iPhone into lab 'scope

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Go

Good on them

Nice to see improvisation leading to the ability to help so many people in the face of adversity. I'm sure this is not the only thing they, and others like them in other locations, are trying to improve people's lives around the world.

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Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

Mayday
Alien

"Silicon-based organisms"?

Such as a Horta?

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Jerry Yang hired as fly on the wall at Lenovo

Mayday
Facepalm

When I read this

I thought that the 2007 World Poker Champion got a new job making laptops.

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Sexual harassment case costs Oracle $AUD18,000

Mayday
Devil

Mr Tucker

Sounds like a bit of a wanker.

Either way, the work romance might work out for some. The "attempted" work romance always ends in tears/lawsuits.

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Apple updates iOS, does not fix passcode-bypass hack

Mayday
Gimp

Why is it?

That I used to be all excited when an update came through for my Mac 5-10 years ago because all this cool new stuff was going to happen, but now I dread an update and wait months to install it because all this nasty crap happens?

I used to be able to say that "it just works" about my Apple stuff but not so much these days.

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

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Re: A few corrections

Nice work mate! Keep it up :)

#22386

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Mayday
Alert

Yes the IPv4 space is running on vapour.

And I know of quite a few businesses who have their own public IPs which are being used for internal PC use. One in particular even uses their own /8 for desktop PCs (if I said what the /8 was then you would be able to find out who the organisation was - but a hint is they spell it "organization")

Do I approve? Hardly... but I cant see ANY business which has such a valuable commodity surrendering it because someone else is asking for it or feels a little sad they don't have such a resource to waste.

Having said this, it further solidifies the need for IPv6 to be released on a wide scale in my view. Then no one will care about all these poxy 8-24 bit address ranges that people might be pilfering. One anti-IPv6 view is who is going to budget for the labour and kit to implement it within the enterprise - although this is another discussion entirely.

What is most likely to happen with the subject's /24 is his employer will require it for some kind of deployment in the near future and naturally this fun little exercise will cease when that happens. Until then just enjoy the humorous side of it and/or get over it.

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Mayday
Go

Nice to see

That someone is putting their CCIE to a better use than what I am!

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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

Mayday
WTF?

Usefulness?

Even if this thing is one solid ingot of iron/some other metal (as opposed to an oxide or some other ore) how is it to be forged into something useful? Where are you getting the equipment (ie some kind of forge/mould/press) to shape the metal(s) into useful items, and where is the energy to power said equipment?

The article talks of using the minerals (including water) whilst in space, as opposed to recovery and bringing to earth, I am wondering how.

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Life after Cisco: I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one

Mayday
Stop

Second round warmup

MST?

RapidST?

How long until it farts and is process switching?

ASIC performance? Ports per ASIC?

SPAN ports?

Voice VLANs?

Etherchannel/LACP?

etc

Really all the article mentions is usage in a standalone access layer model, with no core or distribution layer. Hardly a real test.

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Asteroid mining and a post-scarcity economy

Mayday
Mushroom

When...

Digging holes in the ground runs out of resources, recycling old things (ship breaking has been around for centuries for example) and all else becomes less viable, then going to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, Antarctica (conservation and military treaties will be ignored) and going into space to find stuff becomes more viable.

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

Mayday
Facepalm

I'm thinking of going to Uni to do a Masters in XXX

Uni 1's XXX course has a domestic and also overseas residential components, and costs many $$ more than Uni 2's XXX offering.

I personally can't see the value in these portions of the offering, so I will likely pursue option 2.

My point? Simple. I'm not going to hack Uni 1 in "protest" because I dont like their offering. They make it clear from the start where your fees are going, I am going to choose the offering which suits me. It really should not be that difficult. "Anonymous" or those who purport to be associated with them can GGF just because someone offers a product that gets them in a tiff (although I am happy for them to continue their crusades against kiddie porn and the like).

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ESA, NASA agree on Orion module supply

Mayday
WTF?

Tell me something

Why did it take 8 years from Kennedy's announcement that the US were commited to "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" to fruition but this seems to be going on forever?

Especially considering my phone has more computing horsepower than the spacecraft and mission control comouters combined?

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YOUR Cisco VoIP phone is easily TAPPED, warns CompSci prof

Mayday
Stop

As opposed to traditional voice where someone can plug a buttinski into a frame and/or pit and listen to anyone they feel like?

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

Mayday
Go

I'm a skydiver...

...and I would love for my gear to be made out of this stuff. Stronger than steel and a whole rig weighing 2kg. Awesome!

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Divorce lawyer spots increase in Christmas 'text message bustings'

Mayday
Facepalm

Not condoning this behaviour here...

But SMS is a medium that is recorded, and stays as such until actively deleted. If you are carnt enough to do all this, wouldn't it better to NOT have it written down and stored for all the world to see? ie phone call?

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Apple said to be testing 46, 55-inch big-screen TVs

Mayday
Gimp

I actually like Apple "stuff"

But if someone can give me a dumbarse screen with a decent picture quality, no tuner, no media functions, no fancy crap I'd buy one tomorrow.

A disposable TV to go with my phone/computer/whatever I refresh every 12-24 months? I dont think so Tim!

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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

Mayday
Stop

I've heard this before

I remember hearing a similar huff and puff centred around the CCIE certification. Sure, since I've got mine my prospects have changed and it's all good, but I am not conviced that the benefits have outweighed the commitment of both time and money invested.

Two points:

If anything, wages in the industry have gone down steadily in recent years, mine have that's for sure. When the buzz dies from this one and world + dog has it, then it will wind up being a pre requisite for a mid level role (like CCIE is becoming/has become) as opposed to a measure of who the "elite" are.

Second, NOTHING beats experience, not even the most hard certification in the world. End of story.

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Russian ransomware strikes Queensland doctor

Mayday
Facepalm

Pretty Uncool

... that their "confidential" and otherwise critical data is somehow accessible from the internet. What is ok is that they are not giving in and paying up. That will only set a precedent.

Having said that, I'm sure that paying someone to fix it would cost more than the $4k too.

I recall a time where I was working in a medical imaging company (they were a client of my employer) many years ago and they required an Ethereal (now known as Wireshark) trace run on their network to check a performance issue. I performed the tests, and to my horror I could see confidential patient data appearing on my screen in the dump. This data was not a part of the application which required the performance test, but was still being presented in cleartext anyway. One would think this sort of thing should be encrypted by default, even on a LAN, and even a "trusted" person such as myself should NOT be able to read it even accidently like I did. This whole thing where the crooks can get to it from the internet just takes it to a whole new level, and I am sure they are not alone in being this vulnerable.

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Long-distance robot makes landfall in Oz

Mayday
Stop

Re: irritatingly anthropomorphised... as “he”

You will find that HM Ships King George V, Prince of Wales, Duke of York et all are ALWAYS described as "she".

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Russian iTunes offers smut video links

Mayday
Go

Time to...

...get a Russian iTunes account!

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Melbourne IT looks to offload business units

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Re: "Battling disappointing trading results"...

The Australia TAX...

Just like buying the same car in AU as opposed to USA/EU/Elsewhere?

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'iPhone 5S' said to begin trial production next month

Mayday
Mushroom

Re: Tell us the important news...

>>how many people who shelled out for a 5 last month are going to shell out again for a 5S next month?

Probably the same people who bought the 4th iPad 6 months after the third one.

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Mac gamers a-gog as GOG goes Mac

Mayday
Happy

Re: Not quite...

The article does mention that some games were only on PPC, and this is the new "breath of life" for them. OS9 vs OSX issues aside of course.

As for me - Privateer and Syndicate please!

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Target Silicon Valley: Why A View to a Kill actually made sense

Mayday
Mushroom

I wish you waited to post this article

I'm in San Jose from Australia for two weeks doing a training course.

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Iran X.25 terrorists actually BANKERS

Mayday
Pint

The old days

Ahhhh X25. Those were the days. When stuff just worked (after lots of messing around with no google there to see if someone else wrote about it in a blog post). Give me a VT100. They used to just work too.

Cheers to all the bits and pieces that have either grown or fallen aside to get us where were are today.

Boos to those who see the word "Iran" or "Islamic" and instantly assume it means "al-Qaeda" or "terrorist"

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325 Dicks sell for AUD$20m

Mayday
Stop

The old days...

I remember when Dick Smith Electronics used to sell electronics. My first foray into techo stuff came at the age of about 8 when my dad bought me a Funway Electronics kit. It all just came from there.

The chain sold today is nothing more than a poor excuse for a box shipping company where everything costs 10x what it should, with staff that really dont know very much at all.

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Assange movie portrays leaker as teen rebel

Mayday
Coat

Mendax

Is Latin for "liar" incidentally.

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Bitcoin Foundation vows to clean up currency's bad rep

Mayday
IT Angle

So where..

Can you use Bitcoins outside of Tor or some other nefarious place? I can see the benefits of an "opt in global currency" but where?

Serious query btw.

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Most biofuels fail green test: study

Mayday
Go

Sure it might not be as "green"

But it is not going to run out any time soon, and you can simply grow more crops to increase production. Dinosaur juice WILL run out one day.

*Disclaimer It would be nice if you could grow the necessary corn, sugar, whatever in a nice and friendly manner but I am sure it will come one day.

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All you need to know about nano SIMs - before they are EXTERMINATED

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Re: Blue US Robotics Sportster....

I remember, back in the day, still learning this stuff, installing some 32k Frame Relay circuit when the old and wise guy (who I thought was super awesome and still do) told me that he knew things were starting to get fast when he could no longer read the text in realtime as it appeared on his Teletype.

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