406 posts • joined 13 Jul 2010
Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time
I now feel less secure with the passing of the new legislation designed to allow the government security agencies to access encrypted internet communications.
No matter what the government says the only way to implement this is to weaken encryption and once the encryption has been weakened this will also allow other foreign governments, tech savvy criminal groups and unscrupulous companies to also intercept your private communications.
No matter what “protections” such as warrants that the government puts in place mandating how the security agencies can access this information the other entities are not controlled by these protections. And the argument that “if you haven’t done anything wrong you have nothing to fear” means nothing when your personal details / banking details / health information / etc are stolen by 3rd parties not answerable to the Australian government.
What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs
These stories from people who were there are now, sadly, almost impossible to get.
So true, I found out just last year after he had died that my father-in-law was one of the intercept operators stationed just outside of Loughborough in the midlands.
Real shame as I would have liked to know more.
That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?
What about the knowledge.
Seriously, these oldies have a considerable amount of collective knowledge and IBM by getting ride of them will just lose that knowledge. Ha Ha.
I'm in a mixed team of oldies and young ones, the number of times I've seen a problem come up that completely stumps the youngsters that I've been there are got the scars from first time around.
Latest little stuff up a couple of the youngsters needed to know when records were deleted. No problem they added a table to track these. Went into production a year later this tracking table has nearly tripled the size of the database. Youngsters didn't think to add any cleanup code. It turns out that tracking data was only needed for less than a month. Doh!
Long or Short
Long billion 10**12 or short billion 10**9. Since the 1950s the short scale has been increasingly used in technical writing and journalism, so this has to be assumed as the short billion.
Now approx 1.6 km per mile, so 13.3 billion miles is (13.3 * 1.6) billion km. No idea where you got 21.4 million km from....
Re: Isn't that dangerous?
"No," I said, "it's perfectly saf--"
I remember something similar, work colleague was attempting to change a light bulb in a desk lamp that was still one and was asked a similar question, he started to give a similar answer. Another colleague behind him clapped his hands very loudly.
Result was brilliant, light bulb flew across the room colleague jumped the other way and the rest of us were just pissing ourselves.
Seen this quite a few times. Equipment that fails, open the case start fault finding and the whole thing works perfectly.
In all cases it was heat, either the object was located where it couldn't get enough air flow to cool it or one of the components was starting to be come a little heat sensitive. A can of freeze can help to sort that out.
Re: Case sensor
PSU fan won't spin up unless you give it some taps to get it started
Had a similar issue except it was an old saab car. Wouldn't start, roadside assist turned up lent under the car and gave the fuel tank a hard wack with a rubber mallet and it started.
It turns out the problem was the fuel pump in the fuel tank was on its way out and one of the classic problems is it wouldn't start. Bugger.
'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway
Re: "Labor’s 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened"
And how close is the current legislation to the original that Labor came up with?
What sort of changes did the coalition make?
Were these changes the ones that caused the privacy red flags?
If this is exactly the same as the original labor legislation then why the hell did you lot pass it?
Classic blame everyone else.
AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning
Re: Spoofing GPS is only optional
You don't need spoofing, all you need is to own a Ford!
We found out that once you buy the car (Ford focus TDi) they disown the GPS (and AV system) and will refuse to update the GPS maps when you get it serviced.
It is possible to $ buy a one off update from a 3rd party but next year $$$ again.
For the same cost of a single update you can buy a GPS unit with lifetime updates. Bastards (ford that is).
I don't see it as anything like a substitute for email. I see it as a chat system.
Exactly, unfortunately our pointy haired ones insist that it be used as an Email replacement and it is a pain. They all now expect instant answers and because it is now an 'email' system we have an incredible number of direct messages just to cover the 1:1 email communications.
Re: Slack is down! OMG
My inbox currently has 70k+ unread messages
Well Doh! haven't you ever heard of email rules. The one thing that email does that slack is completely incapable of is allowing you to set up filtering rules to allow you to ignore/delete/move to different folders etc. The vast majority of my email gets deleted especially notifications from slack to tell me to look in slack.
Re: AC Totally unfair !!! :)
NOT unfair, the job of a BA is to actually understand and to determine exactly what is required.
If all the BA does is just take what the user says and write it down as the spec then that is a big fail. Never let the user define the problem.
Most important question a BA can ask is "Why?"
Little things like "Why do you need a star shaped piece of glass?" when the user is standing there with a broken window.
Chalk this as a "win" for Gerry.
Nope, I'll be boycotting hardly normal and any associated stores.
You just can't get the same range of stuff in Australia and when you can get it it just not 10% plus postage more expensive it is 2 - 3 times more expensive.
Then you got into the local bricks and mortar places (Myer, I'm talking about you) and service is non existent.
Stuff the lot.
Re: re: conservation of momentum
Yes, it does.
So if we have a single atom of uranium traveling through a vacuum it then fissions does the momentum of all the physical components add up to the same as the original single atom?
Does this mean that the mass converted into energy appears as an increase in the physical momentum of the resulting components?
if someone had discovered the physical effect before we'd derived the equations that helped us find it - that would have been called bollocks too.
Actually try looking at the rotation of our galaxy, Vera Rubin did and what was measured didn't match what we thought we knew.
So we now have dark matter and dark energy as a book keeping exercise until we can actually work out what is going on.
May people consider dark matter and dark energy to be bollocks but so far nothing else fits and we don't appear to have a better explanation.
“We want to ask developers … Give us examples of what you are trying to do.”
Some of us just make money as a jobbing MFC VC++ developer.
Keep supporting MFC and the legacy tools sets and wizards as not all of us have the chance to work on bleeding edge you beaut projects. You broke the MFC Wizard in 2017.
Hey it might not be sexy but it pays the bills....
Re: Requirements are always a nightmare
@ disinterested observer
I don't much care. From the dev/architect point of view, what I want from a BA is basically a single UML data flow diagram and a single UML State Machine. And even the State Machine is fairly optional.
That would be luxury! Our lot have no idea about UML. None of them have any ideas about NFRs and even the FRs are full of words like "may", "could", "like".
Re: Requirements are always a nightmare
The correct way to do this would be to use a BA. Hire a decent business process analyst and sort out how it should work.
The problem is that BAs love agile as it means that they can just do a crap half arsed job then throw over fence to dev to get it built.
We even have the buggers having a fleshout where they don't even know what the client problems are and expect dev to tell them the problem and the solution. While the hell didn't they get off their fat arses and talk to the client!
Don't have it yet
And from what I've been reading I'm not sure I want it. I've only got ADSL2+ via old copper and it is sloooow 8mbps download but it now works reliably and it is cheap.
Where I am I won't get FTTH I'll end up with FTTN and the rest in my crap copper so I can't see how that will make much of an improvement and from what I've been reading it looks like I'll be disconnected for weeks while they get their shit together cutting me over.
Idiot bloody shitty government.