* Posts by Lyle Dietz

135 publicly visible posts • joined 27 May 2009


BOFH: You'll have to really trust me on this team-building exercise

Lyle Dietz

Re: Odd.

There'th no excuthe for thlapdath needlework, not matter the thircumthtantheth.

Chip shortage: Buyers sign multiyear, no-take-back deals to secure supplies, says NXP

Lyle Dietz

Re: NCNR for chips? I'll sign...

Hot fresh meals delivered to my door that I can organise for the next several months? Sounds like a good business idea, someone needs to make that happen.

China bans encryption exports – including quantum and key management tech

Lyle Dietz

Re: Omnisec

You have some very interesting comments there; do you have a newsletter that one could subscribe to by any chance?

Oracle hosting TikTok US data. '25,000' moderators hired. Code reviews. Trump getting his cut... It's the season finale

Lyle Dietz

My head hurts

I don't blame the way the article was written, I blame the facts contained within it.

If you wrote a fictional book with these sorts of goings on 10 years ago you'd be told it was unbelievable.

Hold on to your hats, Net Neutrality version 2 is on its way courtesy of Trump and the FCC's moves on Section 230

Lyle Dietz

Re: A dumpster fire in the making

I see two problems:

1. Define political speech.

2. Define religious speech.

Both will make a bushfires look like a lit match. One man's religious speech is another man's hate speech.

Also, nice of you to ignore legally resident immigrants, and the rest of the world.

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

Lyle Dietz

That kinda sucks...

I guess that's the end of me renewing my certs 3 months before expiry...

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

Lyle Dietz

Re: Only in Oz...

I know you're joking, but the thought still terrifies. Who knows what would happen, we could end up with an emboldened ScoMo, or a spineless Albanese, both of which scare me.

Buzz kill: Crook, 73, conned investors into shoveling millions into geek-friendly caffeine-loaded chocs that didn't exist. Now he's in jail

Lyle Dietz

I don't get it...

If they actually had a product I'm sure it would have sold quite well. Why bother with all this chicanery for a small pay day when you could make more money by actually making the advertised product?

Backup your files with CrashPlan! Except this file type. No, not that one either. Try again...

Lyle Dietz

Re: Crashplan refugees are always welcome at rsync.net ...

I like boring. I have had far too much excitement at work over the last couple of months.

My own backup system at work is very similar. Rsync to internal server, and then an external server rsyncs the really important stuff to itself.

I don't have snapshots though. Probably could add them, but it currently isn't a business requirement.

We regret to inform you the massive asteroid NASA's all excited about probably won't hit Earth

Lyle Dietz

"due on April 13, 2029"

Plenty of time to get the party supplies together. No need to ask for time off since it will be happening on Friday night, and if we're really (un)lucky, no need to go back to work on Monday.

Oh dear! Amazon's facial recognition is racist and sexist – and there's a JLaw deep fake that will make you want to tear out your eyes

Lyle Dietz

> Remember anti-matter particles matter !

They don't matter though, they anti-matter...

I'll just be leaving before I get mugged by some positrons...

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept

Lyle Dietz

Re: That explains something...

I got something similar, saying there were lots of failed attempts to log into my account, and my account could get locked. It also asked me to turn on 2FA. I ignored them because I wasn't too worried about that account, and the password is unique.

Now I'm curious, and I'll have to check the link that was sent to me in the email to see if it was a phising attempt.

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

Lyle Dietz

Re: I so believe this

I want the Russians* to lift data about our pollies through a TCN mandated back-door and then publish it somehow. Bonus points if it's Christian Porter, Mr Potato-head or AFP top brass.

* or anyone but the Chinese, because if its China the chuckle-heads in Canberra will just blame hardware back-doors from Chinese kit.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

Lyle Dietz

Re: Logical Conundrum.

You can love her, just don't sleep with her. Use the floor instead of the bed to avoid temptation.

Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

Lyle Dietz

Re: Google security researcher Andrey Konovalov disclosed 14 Linux USB flaws

I wasn't until you posted that, and now I hate you.

Take your upvote and get out :P

Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

Lyle Dietz

Re: SEP = Standard Essential Patent

Is that anything like an Outside Context Problem? If so, I'm going to go and gibber in terror.

Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Lyle Dietz

Where it went wrong?

I can answer that with one word: hubris.

But then, I'm not the one that's making the mistakes, so I don't have to put a pleasant sheen on it.

Red Hat wraps AWS in OpenShift containers for easy consumption

Lyle Dietz

Re: Odd that

Even stranger, that's how I keep typing it, and it isn't even on purpose.

Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

Lyle Dietz

Could be stuff that is hard/impossible to replace and/or has sentimental value. Probably some clothes as well.

NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

Lyle Dietz

So they're trying the Uber defence, "these regulations don't apply to us because we're not a carrier."

Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

Lyle Dietz

Re: Yawn

You got the Linode pricing wrong, it's $10/month for the 2GB plan, which is probably why Linode isn't worried. I'm certainly going to stick with them (once I'm ready to start a server up again).

DARPA hands space junk spotting scope to US Air Force

Lyle Dietz

Re: Harold Holt

You forgot to mention that it's a naval facility.

Reg hacks warned off drugs

Lyle Dietz

Because without the other drugs it might impair their ability to turn out passable copy by the deadline.

I also "don't mean coffee, tea or tobacco".

Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security

Lyle Dietz

I'm torn

On the one hand, you have Apple whose products I won't use, and in the other you have the Big 4 Banks, whose products I won't use unless I have no other choice.

Is it possible for the ACCC to upset both sides?

Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

Lyle Dietz

Too bad the routing is absolute pants. It is supposed to be traffic aware, but it sent me crawling along the motorway before I gave up, dived down the next exit and asked Google to take me to my destination.

The only thing I like about HERE is the speed limit knowledge (when accurate) and that it shows my current GPS speed.

Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

Lyle Dietz


Just because your car can hold it's lane and not run in to traffic doesn't lessen your responsibilities on the road. If I was that officer I would write the driver a ticket for driving without due care and attention.

I have a car with adaptive cruise control, that doesn't mean I don't have to be ready to use the brakes; it just means I don't have to use them myself as often. Most of the times the cruise control uses my brakes is when a car changes in to my lane in front of me.

If I had a Tesla I would probably use the autopilot a lot, I would still pay attention to the road though.

Australian Information Industries Association*: you're not the future of democracy, so please shut up

Lyle Dietz

A long way off

To use electronic voting the systems need to be open source, there must be no way to tie a voter to a ballot, and there must be a way to ensure that a a voter is only tagged as having voted if their ballot is in the system. There are probably many more requirements that I haven't thought of, which is another problem, we need to scope out the entire project.

You also need to make sure that you don't dis-enfranchise anyone. I know a lot of people that would struggle doing electronic voting, and if you consider the various government systems I've used in my time, I might struggle as well..

Switkowski wades into NBN leak debate, ALP is furious

Lyle Dietz

"Australia, why the metric monkey fuck do you keep electing these douchecanoes? Get a third party in play and flush the lot of these xenophobic bastards into the sea."

I'm trying damnit, but too many of my countrymen keep putting the majors as first preference.

In the Senate my first choice was the runner up to get a place at the last election. Hopefully the double-dissolution will create some^Wmore chaos in the Senate, for a couple of years at least.

iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP

Lyle Dietz

A better fix is that software shouldn't start burning more cycles just because the system time is 45 years out.

Has anyone tried using this hack to set the year to 2038 or beyond?

Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

Lyle Dietz

VR is more than just 3D. If it was only about 3D I'd probably be happy with my nVidia's 3D Vision. VR is about immersion. It gives you a wide field of view that tracks your head movement, giving you the impression of actually being there.

I wouldn't show you a 3D movie, because that would be pointless and insulting. I would show you VR because while it might not blow you away the same way as everyone else, you can enjoy it.

Hacked-corporate-email-as-a-service costs just US$500 a seat!

Lyle Dietz

Why do Aussie cards cost more?

I mean, I'm not complaining, but I'd be interested to know what the reason is.

Is it that they are harder to come by, or is it that they are more attractive because they don't get protected as well?

A third of Australians lose mobile services after Telstra outage

Lyle Dietz

Re: Elop ?

It's funny, because when I heard about this when I got to work this morning I was thinking the same thing.

Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop scores gig as chief innovator for Australia's top telco

Lyle Dietz

Good news!

I hope he performs as well for Telstra as he did for Nokia.

Even with Turnbull's NBN, Australian ISPs are getting faster

Lyle Dietz

Re: ..because, statistics.

Maybe, but it is interesting when you have Telstra cable running at 100Mb/s that you can struggle to watch Netflix without it constantly stopping to buffer, yet everything else worked just fine.

Oz propaganda lists 'alternative music, environmentalism' as TERROR THREATS

Lyle Dietz

Alternative music?

If it's alternative music that they are worried about then they should look at themselves. After all, Triple J broadcasts a lot of it and they are government owned.

Hacker mag 2600 laughs off Getty Images inkspots copyright claim

Lyle Dietz

You're thinking of trademarks. You don't lose copyright because you don't pursue violations.

Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

Lyle Dietz

Sounds like a job for Simon

If the JVPESS could spend a couple of months under the tutelage of his neighbourhood BOFH, he'll be able to sort things out quite quickly.

Assuming he survives the encounter. Either way it's win-win; no more dealing with crap, he's either dead, or the tossers are.

Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

Lyle Dietz

Pointless exercise

"The second hoped-for effect is to make life easier for Australian retailers, who complain they cannot match offshore players on price."

The local retailers by and large still won't be competitive. There is a PC bits shop near me that charges way under RRP which is cometitive with foreign prices, but that's about it.

Those who set the RRPs in Australia are taking the piss.

Telstra's Netflix downloads get EVEN SLOWER

Lyle Dietz

Re: Hilarious

The funny part of that is that even on Telstra Cable you get a shit-house Netflix experience.

Telstra vid downloads getting SLOWER says new Netflix speed test

Lyle Dietz

Time for testing

Seeing as I'm on Telstra Cable and getting 100Mbps down I should not have any issues with Netflix. I do though. The quality keeps moving between fantastic and potato, and I get the occasional stoppage.

I keep meaning to use a VPN to test if they are shaping traffic, I may have to finally pull my finger out and do that this weekend.

Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

Lyle Dietz

Re: Too good to last

For consumables like this, then yes, recycling should be high on the list goals; or if you can't make it recyclable, at least make it biodegradable.

Lyle Dietz

Re: Too good to last

"Is that what we want, a future filled with crappy products, made so for the sake of recycling?"

Yes, because that will lead to good products that are easy to recycle.

Alleged Aussie Anon hauled in for Indonesia phone tap hacking spat

Lyle Dietz

Re: Alledged?

Which reminds me, why aren't I at the pub?


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

Lyle Dietz

Think of the Children!

Anyone that uses that as an argument in their favour has just spouted a load of bollocks, and deserves to be kicked in same.

How's your F-ITCH-bit? Surge gizmo sparks rash of complaints, watchdog's attention

Lyle Dietz

Re: So here we've had a surge of complaints from irritated customers…

Well played sir, have one on me.

THREE vans and FIVE people: that's what Telstra needs to fix one fault

Lyle Dietz

Re: "Surprise: lightning and copper don't mix"

Actually, they mix quite well for as long as the lightning is there; it is often whatever is at the end of the copper that doesn't mix well with lightning.

I actually lost a COM port to a nearby lightning strike, the modem was fine, and there was nothing wrong with the rest of the computer, I just was never able to use that COM port ever again.

NBN's basement-dive begins in earnest

Lyle Dietz

and Queensland.

I'm actually more than a little annoyed that I get 5Mb/s at home living in Brisbane, and I'm hard pressed to saturate it, and yet my mother lives in the country and gets 9Mb/s and I can fully saturate her link easily.

I'm fairly confident that I live closer to my exchange than she does to hers.

You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

Lyle Dietz

Linux on mobile.

I have this memory of a mobile phone with a slide out keyboard that ran Linux; must have been my imagination if Canonical is going to provide for those of us that "[have] been waiting for the power of Linux to make its way to [our] hand[s]."

Mine's the one with the N900 in the pocket.

Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

Lyle Dietz

Temptation beckons

I'm tempted to jump through all the hoops required to own and operate a limousine, and then sign up as an Uber driver.

I don't know how much it would cost, but I'm sure it would be worth it to see the expression on the enforcer's face when I pull the requisite paperwork out of the glove box and then tell him to give me my money and GTFO of my car.

If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now

Lyle Dietz

You are dense

Providing the information that this US court has requested involves someone in Ireland breaking Irish law.

Breaking the law is illegal.

Therefore this is an illegal data grab.

In addition, this isn't a valid search warrant. You can't search an Irish property with a US warrant. Well, you could, but someone could break your legs for your troubles and probably walk off scot free.

The other US companies are right to be scared. If I hold sensitive data on a service provided by an Australian subsidiary of a US company, and these shenanigans are allowed, than the US can seize my data at any time they wish without consulting an Australian court.

Naturally this isn't something I like the sound of; therefore I will not put my data at risk in this manner. Now, I might be a small drop in a large ocean, but these US companies are already looking at losing their foreign markets because of the NSA actions, and this is another nail in that coffin.