* Posts by CentralCoasty

48 posts • joined 19 Apr 2017

Oz government wants its own definition of what 'backdoor' means

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: Politicians don't understand what they're dealing with...

"While many politicians are motivated, quite genuinely, by fears of terrorism and criminality online"..

..... no, no, no, nooooo,,, they are motivated by losing their seats if they are not seen to be acting tough on terrorism/criminality online.....

Totally different thing.

And hence the irrelevance of the discussion - Joe Public wouldnt have a clue as to what the "backdoor" implications are - and most wouldnt care (until it impacts them).

Pollies get the big thumbs up by the Great Unwashed for being tough and standing up to the evil terrorists/crims....

....and we all get beer as its Friday.....

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

CentralCoasty
Pint

Stir, stir...

Just to stir the pot...... (given its a Friday)....

Switzerland's government recently ignored the results of a referendum (on immigration) following the UK's Article 50 (https://www.thelocal.ch/20170330/how-will-the-brexit-negotiations-affect-switzerland).

Which does lead us to question whether the government's role is to impose the will of the voters, the will of ALL the people, or even just what is best for the country overall.

In the Brexit vote the resounding "leavers" were aged 50+. 75% of under 25's voted to remain... so what is it that the younger generation are seeing that the 50+ arent? (Or vica-versa).

Thinking back to how things were in the 70's & 80's in middle-England - it seemed a period of unrest and shortages combined with wild patriotism..... now in the "teens" whenever I go back to the old country I find the shops laden with exotic foods from everywhere, booze from everywhere....

Maybe the under 25's having only seen the "good life" are scared that exiting the EU will disrupt their lifestyles? Maybe the over 50's dont give a rats about the obscure Czeck beer/cheese because they wouldnt buy it anyway.

My parents called the Brexit result "short-sighted". Whilst certainly not pro-EU, having lived through the 30's & WWII they feel that there is a huge benefit beyond those which have been stated by being "in" Europe to being "out". That said my sister and her partner both voted out (and both are in the 50+).

I just wonder what the view of the next generation will be on the decisions that have been enforced by their older generations.

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: HGV drivers are already at a disadvantage

..... and if its all done electronically by the time you have driven to work you will have clocked up a pile of automatic fines and penalty points.....

Reality is though that - like correctly placed speed cameras, if you obey the road rules then it shouldnt make much (if any) difference.

<SOR>

If I cut someone up in my driving then I deserve the slap/fine. Driving into work this morning I saw more than one car swerving across 3 lanes (without indicating) and back again multiple times (in moderate/heavy traffic) in a desperate move to get in front of other cars. Anything that helps reduce accidents caused by idiots like this is arguably a good move.

On my drive home tonight I can guarantee that I will meet:

Cars driving up the motorway (freeway) in the dark with no lights

Cars changing lane without indicating

Cars (and trucks) hogging the middle or "fast" lane

Tailgating

If I am lucky then today there will be no accident holding things up - but it is a regular occurrence and one that seems to spawn child accidents (from rapid braking/rubber necking/speeding).

I think I am just fed-up with how stupid we are when many of us get behind the wheel (and yes I include me in that at times!)....

.....<EOR>

I think I am tired - its been a long week, I've got no beer and its time to go fight the idiots on the motorway......

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: The Post-US Era... Europe forth place

I read it as "force place"... .lots of hipster's with litres of beer waving light-sabers....

That said I agree. It seems to be a tussle between China & Russia at the moment - and I would put my money on China.... the EU seems to be happy to be an "also ran" - the scars of WWII run very deep it seems..... the US will probably perform a hard-landing - similar to the situation the UK ended up in a few decades back......

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: TWATTER

Down-votes? Really?

The imagery this writer presents when I read their posts always makes me chuckle.....

.... that and of course bringing to memory certain scenes from "Deliverance".......

Anyway have an up vote and a beer.... not for the content, but rather than amusement value!

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

CentralCoasty
Unhappy

I agree - except there does tend to be one problem.

Most of the content us old farts actually want ISNT available on a licenced stream or for purchase!

I joined Netflix because I was hoping to get some old content I wanted... nah... not available in Australia, so that went into the bin. Online services (here or overseas)? Nah, they dont have it either.

I would be happy to pay for what I want - just not what Foxtel/Netflix/<Insert Corp Here> think I want/are trying to flog. But nearly all the time I cant get it.

I think the last DVD I bought was the Jeeves & Wooster (Fry & Laurie) boxed set - and had to get that in the USA because I couldnt get it anywhere else.....

When I look at my collection of old tapes they include copies of late-night comedies from Radio 4, old repeats of even older shows.... you cant buy these things elsewhere.

Would love the money to go to the original artists but.

1. They are (nearly) all dead.

2. I cant buy the stuff anyway!

As to you and your photos - if I wanted one I would expect (and be happy) to pay you!

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nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Less than optimal take-up. So even telling everyone that their existing copper line is going to die has resulted in less than half taking up the service.

I did - almost as soon as it became available and am now thinking of cancelling it.

Voip? No. Dont need it. Make & receive calls by mobile these days.

Data? Same. Even with video streaming/Netflix etc I still get by on my (shared) data usage with the Mrs.

I wonder how many of the younger generation are really going to bother tying themselves into a fixed service with the mobile data becoming cheaper by the month.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

CentralCoasty
Devil

Re: Then there's change control idiocy...

Ah but....

.... last IT change/outage caused the business headaches.....

so....

.... no more updates and the business is happy....

... until something dies/crashes/needs an emergency patch.....

... by then the system is so far behind in patching it needs months of testing.....

... which then causes the business headaches....

so.......

... no more updates and the business is happy.....

and on infinitum.....

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CentralCoasty

Re: do not enter the hypen!

Having spent the last 25+ years working with outsourced developers it is that whilst they may be technically smart (an assumption not a proven fact!), they are required by THEIR management to follow the specifications given to the letter... no original thought allowed, no deviation, no corrections.

So what we end up with is normally EXACTLY what was asked for irrespective of how stupid it is.

PM's can sign off because its what was asked for. Subbies get paid because it was what was asked for. Management smile because the project delivered what was asked for. User's cry because the solution is so bloody stupid and cumbersome and bemoan that IT didnt fix it because it was "obvious" what they really meant......

Most satisfying program I delivered was where I had the business users sitting with the developers and literally going "ah no.. I mean.. blah, blah, blah" and the coder being able to change it there and then....

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Re: This is the correct order

Unbelievable..... .I missed out the CLANGERS!

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CentralCoasty
Flame

Re: This is the correct order

I am sorry but you have missed the flaming obvious.

WHERE IS "THE BOOK"? How can you have any list like this without it? We quote it, we emulate it, we breath it.... and its not even in your list!

Although I will give you bonus points for Space 1999! I used to love that....

... but am sad that you missed out Joe 90.....

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

CentralCoasty
Mushroom

Ok. So The Orange Master of Mirth (because the only two options when you look at him are laugh or cry) has managed to:

Upset Russia over Syria, Ukraine & because of backlash on Trumpgate

Upset some of the Middle East with Qatar & Iran

Upset China over the South Chinese Seas

Upset NATO over contributions (fair call though)

Did I miss someone?

... now he's sabre-rattling against FBK......

If that goes pear-shaped he might get lots of tokenism from the UN but I cant see anyone putting boots on the ground to help a situation he has escalated.....

... but then he has already put the options of nukes on the table (http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/03/trump-asks-why-us-cant-use-nukes-msnbcs-joe-scarborough-reports.html)

... so maybe he just plans on nuking them until they glow in the dark.... after all, that will teach them to threaten the US with nukes... (erhm?)

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

CentralCoasty
Big Brother

and the news is?

didnt we read this article last year?

and the year before...?

and the year before that.....?

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Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

CentralCoasty
Pint

You rat-bag! You stole my exact thoughts!

Oh well, its Friday so have a beer.... between the Government, Telstra & NBNco I think our only hope is to drink ourselves into oblivion.....

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

CentralCoasty
Pint

Cows are dumb

Many years ago in Ireland I met the obligatory herd of cows coming down the single track road.

"No Worries" I thought and moved over as far as possible - which was about a foot from the stone wall (foundations of which were too high above road level for me to get any closer)......

Naturally the herd flowed around the side of the car..... except the really, really clever one that decided it was only 1 foot wide and would squeeze through beside the car and wall.

A beer because I really needed one after that......

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CentralCoasty

Re: Cane toads

My eldest got banned from the casino on the Gold Coast because of these little b*ggers....

... he and his mate (being big soccer fans) decided to practice their skills.... the goal posts were the big glass window in front of the dinning room.....

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CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Just wondering how they detect large birds and what they do when they take off/land? Wouldnt that be similar? (especially in flocks)

You would kind of think that the default logic would be that if a moving object was detected (or stationary) that it couldnt recognise it would reduce speed & engage avoidance by default.... (That tends to be my behaviour when I see an unknown moving shape on the edge of the highlights at night)... Ok it would mean the cars grinding to a halt more often at first, but as they improve the AI they could manage the situation better.....

Biggest fright I ever had was getting "ambushed" by a troop late at night driving along a remote road....

.... final step will be to get the AI to be able to run away from enraged Roo's/Elephant/Bison etc which may take offence at your vehicle.....

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Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Re: Zero day...

The fine is nasty - but the main criticism seems to be related to fairly basic technical issues that any BOFH or like-minded geek would have seen as the bleedin obvious!

If it was run by techy nerds they should have known better and deserve the hard slap.

More likely it was run by salesmen who ignored their technical people (if they even had any as they may have just "outsourced" any tech type stuff as needed) - in which case they also deserve everything they got.

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Costly, under-featured MyGov is just fine, says Oz national auditor

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Re: Just ring up and request a paper form

Agreed.

And I have better things to do with my time than struggle through the inept pile of festering mess that myGov is..... I'm sticking to paper and my local tax guy - so sad.

I just love it when they come up with these big number savings....

"We saved $40M" they chortle....

".... great... how?"

" Ah.. by doing higher value work now we are not having to spend time talking to the public " they reply....

"uhm... but if you didnt do it before and no-one complained, why do you need to do it now?"

Now if they FIRED public servants to the tune of $40M THEN I would believe the savings.... but somehow I think the only people that are no longer there are the project team.......

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

CentralCoasty
Paris Hilton

Good News!

She made it out of dock and is now being shadowed by the full might of the Royal Navy... ahm... ah... well actually just HMS Sutherland... but no seriously... its super important and the Navy is taking real care that its newest asset gets all the protection it can muster!

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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

CentralCoasty
Happy

Re: Up against the wall for the lot of them.

I like Pratchett's idea.... stick them in prison the moment they are elected... saves time and money later.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

CentralCoasty

Re: Lesser of two evils?

".....a lot of the slow down is due to driver uncertainty...".... Really? I thought it was Rubber-Necking?

.... cant see an automated car slowing down to have a gawp at the tangled mess on the verge.....

... now excuse me while I read a novel, sip my beer and lean back whilst my car drives me home........

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: Pingu!!!

Wall to wall Pingu, interspersed with Montalbano....

..... or even just any Italian talk-show... who needs drugs when you watch those things!

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

CentralCoasty
Big Brother

The Two of Us?.. missing episodes?... going home tonight and checking my DVD box to see what's in it!

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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

CentralCoasty
Coffee/keyboard

And the point is?

Most (reports point from 60-80%) of IT projects fail anyway.... and thats been the case since the 80s (and probably before) up to today..... so nothing new in the banner.

I dont see IoT projects being any different to any other project that we are able to stuff up due to scope/time/money

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

CentralCoasty

Re: Broken Planet

There we have it, proof the Death Star actually worked!

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Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

CentralCoasty

"Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery"......... so does that mean there is also an Australia Research Centre for Gravitational Wave Discovery?

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

CentralCoasty

Pie Face would be really nice I think for one....

Sparky..... also suitable at the moment....

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

CentralCoasty
Alert

And the OS is?

Sorry, cant resist it, but when they get to production level will they ship with M$ XP?

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

CentralCoasty
Flame

Re: Fit for purpose?

As has been pointed out earlier - the vendors are selling this kit either with an OS embedded into the equipment itself, or with a PC sitting beside it to run the software.

Either way it is an issue for the vendor and not M$ in this case. If I were to build some kit and make sure it only works with Win98 and some sucker buys it - who's fault is that?

Support contracts need to be in place between the original vendor & the customer with the necessary guarantees of support & upgrades for the appropriate life of the product.

This will stop lazy vendors selling equipment with a soon-to-be-outdated OS unless they are willing to support it themselves. It forces them to keep their own software up-to-date so they can port it from X to Y and keep their customers satisfied.

If I buy something that has a 5 year life - then I expect 5 years out of it. If halfway through its life part of the kit dies, then I expect to the vendor to make sure they have the parts (including OS's) necessary to keep it running - and if that means upgrading to a new OS then they should be planning for it!

This then means that there should be no compatability issues with "well we cant patch/upgrade because the application wont run on OS x"... admins can then ensure equipment is patched to the latest version.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Jeremy can safely wriggle out by pointing out that whilst he cut the contract he left it up to each individual trust to decide what they do with the risk - and hence the fact they didnt upgrade the XP machines resides with them and not him.....

The trusts obviously didnt understand the risk (if they even knew about it) and/or was just another massive red flag amongst the many that they are dealing with. (Whats more critical getting more nurses, doctors, beds or fixing a computer that may (or may not) get hit by a virus).

All around failure - and I expect nothing will happen except a series of finger pointing at each other.

As to Microsoft having the patches - good on them. It is totally within their right to charge for the patches - as to whether it mercenary or not - this is another question! Guess we should be thankful they still had the technical know-how - what would the situation be if we had been trying to patch OS/2,BeOS or RiscOS......

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

CentralCoasty
Childcatcher

I can see something good out of this.... it might actually finally kill off Jetstar! (or at least get them to grow up).

Ok back in the 90's etc we were happy with a single screen at the front of the cabin and we all watched the same show - but these days we are used to having our own personalised entertainment. Jetstar's "no-frills" flights are nothing but a reversion to the basics - but if we cant even have our laptops on them then they will really suffer.

For the cheap-flights to Bali & other holiday locations - I can just imagine the noise when families get told they cant take the electronic baby-sitter on the flight with them - those families will either not go or pay the extra and fly with an airline that does provide a full service... then there is the "business" linkage in/out of Singapore, Hong Kong & the rest of Asia - I think there are more laptops on those flights than there are seats! What are they going to do?

Of course none of this worries the politicians - most of them couldnt even turn a computer on by themselves... and sitting up in first class/business class they get all the entertainment (and booze) they want..... (oh and I doubt if any of them ever travel Jetstar outside of Australia).....

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

CentralCoasty
Black Helicopters

Re: Panda

hummmm... so you knew about it before everyone else.... I see... and you had the patch ready to go.... I see..... so how are your sales figures doing now?... .ohh.... through the roof... I see...... all a very strange coincidence.....

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CentralCoasty
Big Brother

Re: You've got to love the stock markets...

"Trust a vendor 100% if you want..." of course they do.... thats why they put all their eggs in one basket with nice contracts - senior management can point at the contract and show they mitigated the risk, whilst the vendor can point to their get-out-of-jail-free clauses and prove they did the right thing.... everyone's a winner... oh... except the public of course.....

Big Brother icon because... well.... why not?

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China staggering under WannaCrypt outbreak

CentralCoasty
Black Helicopters

Re: Nervous criminals

Does make you wonder that perhaps it was cover for something else.... or a warm up for something else....

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

CentralCoasty
Coffee/keyboard

Re: many times

My youngest "manages" these calls for us... and has my wife and I in stitches every time...

.... he starts off by putting on an outrageous accent and then starts "attempting" to follow their instructions.... when asked to type something (or run etc) he tells them he is sorry but he cant do that because he is blind..... this soon degenerates into him asking them to speak louder as he tells them that he is also deaf..... this has also ended with him telling them he doesnt have a phone/electricity/legs/arms/(anything he can think of at the time).

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

CentralCoasty

Re: Gasbags

But we have lots of councils and they are all wanna-be politicians.... so plenty of filling stations if it started loosing it's gas......

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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

CentralCoasty
Flame

NOOOoooooooo! Compulsory voting!

We have it over here in Australia and our governments are as morally corrupt & full of idiots as yours over in the UK.... and we have compulsory voting!

At least in the UK the wanna-be polies have to actually get out of bed to try and get you to go to the polling booth (well maybe not themselves, but certainly one of their cronies have to get out of bed).... over here they can have a nice sleep-in knowing full well that unless they have peed you off more than the "other guy/girl" you are going to HAVE to vote for them......

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Foxtel emits new sueballs, this time targeting TV streamers

CentralCoasty
Pint

Foxtel is getting desperate. They had an (almost) monopoly on Australian TV for a long time (given how bad most of the free-to-air TV is over here).

With STAN and Netflix eating into their domain they must be feeling the pinch, and have started laying about with wild abandon into anything they think may be able to shore-up their reducing marketplace.

My brother-in-law cancelled his subscription with them last month - has moved completely to Netflix. I will admit to still being 50/50 on the fence at the moment - what with the limited Australian content for Netflix, but will also make the move sometime over the next 12 months I guess.....

I guess we can expect more of this sort of action from Foxtel as time progress' and they become less and less relevant (and less a market force)... unless their management & board to do what they are paid for and change their strategy/business model.....

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

CentralCoasty
Pint

Its most certainly a sign of the times - reality is that drinking dens were the refuge of the "lower class" through the 1800's (think Dickin's and Gin Den's).... up until the advent of the variety clubs in the later 1800s they were probably the ONLY place most poor buggers could go....

....variety clubs got replaced by cinema.... and look where they went.....

... pubs have lasted very well but I do think (sadly) they are at the end of their life - my fathers generation was probably the last one where they would troop out of work and straight into the pub... before heading home after a skinful.....

Its all part of the consumer world and risk avoidance. Why skin money off of someone every day when you can do it quickly in one short period? Also with (generally) better education most people know that hitting the pub every day isnt going to be that good for their health - so will do it less frequently - causing the pubs to lose money unless they hike their prices.....

..... I think the posh craft beer places are going to be the ones that survive - that and the "theme" pubs that can survive off of tourism - the canter down the road to "The Swan" is well on the way out.... been happening since the 80's.... and as was well pointed out earlier - why should the kids wander down to the pub and wait to see who turns up when they can sit in their gaming chair wearing their VR headset and chat with their mates (from all around the world)......

Damned but I am feeling old!

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CentralCoasty
Alert

3 pints is a binge? Oh boy oh boy... what will the BOFH make of that? Thats not even a warm-up for him!

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Oracle links to LinkedIn so its salesware can sniff you out

CentralCoasty

Meh?

I think we are all used to targeted advertising and fully aware that the situation is going to get worse - not better - as time progress'.

That said I am split between annoyance and amusement in that one advert that constantly pops-up for me on Google Chrome relates to a website that I already have a subscription for..... I keep going to the website, so it works out that I want to see ads about that website?!?

Would I appreciate USEFUL targeted ads? I dont know - because I dont get them.

All I know is that the crap that I get targeted with at the moment holds no interest to me and has yet to generate any extra sales..... but then maybe I'm not a sheep....... consumerism..... oooooh!

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Trump trumps US Digital Service with order to establish American Technology Council

CentralCoasty
Black Helicopters

I see it now....

Executive Order coming.....

..... in order to bring America into the new world IPv10 will be designated as the only transport protocol allowed within US borders effective from 1st July 2018......

That will help stop those pesky immigrants getting in on their IPv4 or IPv6 packets!

(Yeah I know, it supports IPv4 & IPv6, but it just sounded to good not to say.......)

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

CentralCoasty
Trollface

Re: Badger size

So we are roughly talking about a variation of +/- 1.15 million badgers then.....

....but wont they weigh more when their fur is wet?

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CentralCoasty

Re: Slightly disapointing

Not so.

1. Buy and learn.

2. Build new based upon above incorporating learnings.

3. Repeat option 2.

Most of the time this is how all warships (of any type) have evolved - the exception being the "game changer" design (ie Dreadnought) which is a gamble for anything other than a country having an extremely large lead in power supremacy/projection.

Look at the carrier evolution since the early 20's - it took 20 years for most countries to realise that they were the "new" battleship - the tool of power projection. And it took a very pain lesson (ie WWII) to introduce the rapid changes necessary that enabled the current US nuclear carriers (we wont mention the current British fiasco).

Torpedo boats (the fore-runner of the modern small missile boats) and which we seem to think were a creation of WWII in the UK got their education from such events as the Agar's sinking of the Oleg in 1919.... but yet again the technical innovation over the next 20 years wasnt exactly staggering.

Thankfully China has not engaged in conflicts that will allow those sort of capability leaps - but also perhaps we are forgetting where China's interests lie - the countries which China is most likely intending to "impress" with its carriers have no possibility of getting their own - now or in the near future - which will of course ensure that China stays technologically ahead of them.

Personally I think most carriers are a waste of space & money - but its the reality in that they "look impressive" rather than what they can really deliver (I'm still not going to comment about the QE class) - in any real battle situation I would go for swarm tactics with low-level drones against targets and you dont need so many badgers to launch them from.....

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

CentralCoasty

FTP ...... ah the memories......

Lets face it, what would we have done without it back in the "good ol days!'. When we managed to sync the connections ftp made our life so easy! We could finally start actually moving data without having to use tape!

Well its been dying for some time now - am actually amazed its lasted this long given its insecurities - but its still sad to see it go...... (in some perverse, nostalgic and idiotic way).

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Australian Taxation Office successfully replaces SAN, web site then fails anyway

CentralCoasty
Big Brother

Re: It Works On Our End

Not expecting we will see a definitive answer to this (or other) outages - the ATO doesnt seem to like giving out that sort of level of commitment to an answer for ANY question - especially tax related....

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Re: Still will not help hardly normal

What????? You mean you still have been buying that cheap crap from Harvey?

On a more realistic level, I cant see it making much difference to the end user - the price difference will still make it worthwhile.

Wife bought some New Zealand wool couple of weeks ago from a UK store - price was cheaper than getting it 1 hour down the road in Sydney! (Admittedly the postage costs from Sydney to our home was what made it more expensive to buy locally!)....

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