* Posts by Aus Tech

46 posts • joined 27 Mar 2014

There are DDoS attacks, then there's this 809 million packet-per-second tsunami Akamai says it just caught

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Re: And the next step...

Really? They just need to secure their computer. Sure, I know that can be difficult in this connected age, but it isn't impossible, just time consuming.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: DIMM Slots

Ah, I remember the saying well. "All this electronic stuff works on smoke!" "Works on smoke?" "Yep, works on smoke!. Have you ever seen anything work once the smoke gets let out?" " Can't say that I do." "There you go, that's proof that it all works on smoke."

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

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Re: How to get Colossal Cave installed

You don't need a linux based machine to play Adventure. There has been a MS-DOS and/or Windows command prompt version available for many years. I seem to remember tuning the settings for a single floppy version, something like 25 years ago. It ran much better if it was installed on the C: drive of DOS 3.3, preferably in the C:\Games directory.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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RE: thinks she has me on a diet

Show me a dieter, and I'll show you someone who belittles themselves. I'm supposed to be on a diet, but I love my chocolate too much.

I can't believe you've done this: Cisco.com asks visitors to explain to IT why they have broken the website

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Re: The Executive Summary will be fun reading ...

Well, if they still had access, that is wholly Cisco's fault, for leaving live accounts on their servers, after the services of said employees were terminated. I'm only a lowly sysadmin, but I know better than leaving defunct accounts on active servers. Ideally, they should have been removed before the people were told that they were no longer required. That way they can't go back to their desk, and leave assorted nastiness that will cause outages at some indefinite time in the future. It's not as if it takes long to get rid of the accounts.

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

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Re: sad mac

That's one of the oldest chestnuts around. Someone once tried it on me, and it took me all of 5 seconds to work it out, and fix it. Our whole class had been shown that when we were doing our PC Technicians course, back in the early 90's.

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Re: We once...

Comes from "2001: A Space Odyssey" when Dave Bowman asked the HAL9000 onboard computer to "Open the Pod Bay Door" in the movie, I think.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned

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Re: Let's face it, who amongst us hasn't lost a tie to the...

We had to wear an apron in my 3 years of doing Metalwork at my High School, back in the mid to late 60's. It didn't matter what work we were doing, soldering, using any machinery at all, including the lathes, or the bench drill press, or the shaping machine. Personally, I think that it was a good safety measure, which was the idea behind it.

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: its like the leads at the back of my desk at work.

Don't you know that power, Ethernet, USB and other cables all have a life of their own? They seem to love to get all tangled up, despite all the care that a person takes when connecting the computer and associated peripherals.

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Mini - not really

The Prof must have been a good sport then.

Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Where Do I Find These Lawyers

JamesPond, "I am pretty sure I invented the web", "I think you'll find that neither you or Tim Berners-Lee invented the net". Come on, get your definitions correct. The World Wide Web is not The Internet, it is only one part of the Internet.

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Re: Re: Only the best will do

"and the guy who invented the Internet!". Now, now, no pork pies (lies). The original project that started what is now known as the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, with the establishment of the DARPA network, over 50 years ago. It included places like the Goddard Space Center, and many of the then most powerful known computers in the world.

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In other words, nobody voted for Trump, so he's just a figment of your imagination. Not my problem, as I don't live anywhere within the boundaries of the USA, I hope.

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Re: Just imagine the next case ...

Jason Bloomberg, you're missing the point that even if it was the first email program, doesn't mean that it is the most commonly adopted version of those that are currently available, around the world.

User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

Sounds like one of the old classic ID10T ERROR, or PEBKAC situations, but we can't tell the clients that is the real problem. I dare say that we could invent/build a foolproof PC, but that won't help, as the fools won't be able to use one.

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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Re: However, it is hard to find a CRT display now

I have just what you are looking for, sitting in my back shed, an old 21 inch CRT monitor, still in working order, AFAIK. I haven't used it in over a year, and it is heavy. It has a VGA connector, not sure if there is any other more recent than that. Last time that I moved it, it took a good 15 minutes to go less than 50 meters. I had to stop something like 12 times before getting it into the shed. At a guess, it would probably cost more to ship it somewhere than what it is worth??? There's also an old Dell 15 inch monitor down there, that was last used with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. I think that donating them to a Museum would be better than trying to sell them.

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: Re: Possible or easy?

Are you sure that is a Windows bug, and not an iPhone feature?

ICO seizes phones and computers in nuisance call scam raids

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RE: the accident in the last three years

Probably some other scammer trying to trick you into a scam about some other scammer. IOW, a recursive scam.

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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RE: There is now.

It's too late now, the disaster has already happened. Very much like the old story "shut the gate, the horse has bolted."

Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Re: It never stops to amaze me...

"Nudity is not."

Since when? I was thoroughly used to seeing it by my mid teens, and that was many years ago.

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Re: William Wallace

"Amber Rudd sounds like it should be a porn name."

Maybe it is already.

That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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I wonder what happens...

when the browser is updated to a new version?

Of course, if we ALWAYS type the url into the address bar, we aren't going to have the problem, but when there is a long string of other text after the '/', that's going to be awkward.

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: Hats off to them...

It does take some balls. It only takes one person with the knowledge to build the computers. All that is needed is the Case, M/B, CPU, RAM, a network cable, a hard drive, and the means to install the O/S. Everything else is already available on the M/B.

Given that the prisoners were already disassembling computers, reversing the process to build them is simple. Getting access to the network switch to do the deed is about the hardest part, or it should have been. That suggests that there was a network physical security failure, and that somebody's posterior should have been very sore from the punishment inflicted.

Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

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Re: If you've worked in less salubrious parts of the world...

Dangerous stuff that DDT, even to us hoomans. I'm still using Windows 7, and will until support runs out. If M$ doesn't get its act together by then, I'll use something like 7 or XP without a net connection for the one program that absolutely requires Windows, and everything else that uses an Internet connection will be moved to Linux.

Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

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Re: Crazy talk in this day and age

You are right about the person being a "Project Mangler". Anyone who ignores the need for a testing phase isn't a Project Manager, even if that is the Title of their position. I wonder how long that person kept going in such a blind way.

Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Entirely predictable

I can't see how it would be a a wonderful revenue opportunity, as that would mean that people who usually fly will no longer fly.

That sounds like a loss of revenue to me.

EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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Re: What information does Win 10 slurp?

Thanks for that link. Just finished running the program, and I simply don't want to believe how much MS was getting off my PC. I'll be regularly checking the settings from now on.

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Re: ... I only use it because there are two programs I use that are not available for Linux.

You might find it easier to run something like WinXP in a VM, and access Claris Works through that. I remember using CW in NT4 Workstation, and I'm reasonably certain that it will run in XP too. All you have to do is to disable networking in the VM, so that XP cannot call home.

Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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RE: but were the films worth watching?

They were porn, so that's your judgement call. If you like porn, the answer is yes, otherwise, no. I hazard a guess that they were better than "Dallas Buyers Club" as a cinematic production.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Ben Tasker Can you hold down the power button

Speak for yourself AC. Having had an old Nissan Bluebird back in the early 90's with fuel problems, I know all about replacing the main jet caused by a filter that was clogged so badly up near the tank that the second filter in the engine compartment was getting wrecked with rubbish making its way to the carby and clogging the jet. After the authorized service and repair agents couldn't fix the problem (twice), and it happened again, and they said that the fuel tank would have to be replaced if it happened again. I barely got out of their yard when it happened again, so I idled the car home, about 3km, and started working on it myself. After I drained all the petrol out of the tank, I then removed the floor of the boot, and found the fuel line with another filter that was full of dirt. Pulled it out, and the other filter, and repaired the carby installed 2 new filters, refilled the tank, and restarted the car after allowing the electric fuel pump to fill the system properly, and all was well. I never went back to the authorized place again.

Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

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Re: Only just this morning...

Sounds just like my keyboard, when the occasional key press doesn't register (for whatever reason).

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I don't know what keyboard you are using, but there is a lot of space between "d" and "i" on my keyboard. I think that a brain fade is much more likely, after all, "mental" is used in both words.

IBM Australia again blames ISPs for #censusfail, is also 'unreservedly' sorry

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Re: 3Gbps - Really?!?

That is because there wasn't a DDOS attack. IBM and the Federal government are still using that excuse so that they can cover their collective asses. The real answer is that there was poor planning of how people would be using the census site, and so only "average" values were used, and people were told to get online on :census night" to record the information requested, which resulted in a flood of households all trying to get their information recorded. If you take an extreme view of what happened, you could call it a DDOS, but it was caused by poor planning by the government and IBM, mostly the government.

False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

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Re: ride-on lawnmower’s electric motor

Sounds like a pun to me. They don't usually have sufficient power to cause such an anomaly.

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Re: Lawnmower man

Ah yes, we've come across that particular outage before. I'm just happy that I wasn't the Administrator involved. The thing that disturbed me the most was how long it took to find out that it was the cleaner who was disrupting their services.

EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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lukewarmdog wrote: "I am not sure these guys are doing it right."

I am absolutely certain that they are not doing it right. The consensus in the Technical Community (of which I am a member because of my Computer and Networking skills), is that NSA, GCHQ, etc, are already choking on the huge volume of data that they are collecting, most of which has no relationship to terrorist activity, all of which has been gathered using mass surveillance. It's become obvious that this simply doesn't work, so what will work? Working smarter will do a better job, but that means that all the intelligence organizations will have to get off their fat backsides to work out what they really need to be doing.

London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

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Re: Time for Trebuchets!

"BTW the standard used for a military trebuchet was to throw the heads of captured soldiers back at their mates, or to toss dead/stinking carcasses into beseiged cities. Biological warfare"

Like what was done in "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" when Sauron's orcs, etc were attacking Minas Tirith. That's not biological warfare, it's psychological warfare. Biological warfare uses things like Anthrax, Potato Blight, Fowl Pest, etc. Powl Pest can wipe out Turkey populations in a very short period after being introduced to a concentrated population, like at a show.

Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Re: At last some sense!

My advertisement sensitive proboscis has detected a known strain of combobulation that is called sarcasm. Perhaps you should consider employing the "end sarcasm" false tag: </sarcasm>

Canadian govt to cloud providers: Want our business? Stay local, eh

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Re: The Cloud Scam

What a load of rubbish.You can buy or build your own Cloud. It's called a NAS (otherwise expanded to mean "Network Attached Storage", and it doesn't cost thousands of dollars a month to use.

Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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Re: Re: that must have been nice

It would have served them right if everything went tits up then.

How hard can it be to kick terrorists off the web? Tech bosses, US govt bods thrash it out

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Re: Two issues here.

"They are supposed to be "in charge" No, they aren't. They are supposed to serving their constituencies, the people who voted them into office, and those that unsuccessfully voted against them too.

"Since there is nothing practical they can do, they invent plausible stuff instead." If it has been invented (in this context), it isn't plausible. It sounds plausible, and may even make a weird kind of sense, but regardless of their intent, it isn't plausible.

I have serious concerns about the Security Services calls for the insertion of a "Back Door" into security software, so that they can gain access to messages between terrorists. Completely illogical, because it will be broken into, sooner or later. Besides, what terrorist is going to use security software that has a government back door?

Kiwis to farewell 'global mode' browsing

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Re: NZ Broadcast TV packages....

Your comment about Game of Thrones is one of the reason for so much piracy here in Australia, and a major one at that. Almost no one wants to pay for the base channels, because there is nothing on there that the majority of viewers want to watch.

The thing about the NZ ISP's Global Mode being shut down just means that individuals will have to set their own VPN up into the USA, or anywhere else, instead of having it done for them. A little more difficult, but still not impossible by any means, it just requires some effort, and possibly the payment of a fee to the VPN supplier, which is very small.

Once again we see consumers being ignored by the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Foxtel over here, except it's happening to your people now with some other lot, and they wonder why they aren't liked.

Netflix fail proves copper NBN leaves Australia utterly 4Ked

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Re: Cheer up OZ

Those of us that voted against the LNP flaming well are incensed. Instead of having a national high speed optical fibre network, nearly the entire country is getting a hodge podge of absolute crap technology that is almost useless. All I can say is that I do have a high speed connection using fibre, so I'm one of the lucky few. I signed up for Netflix a week ago, and it's great.

Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Can anyone suggest an adblocker / browser solution for Win 8 RT ?

Firefox with AdBlock+ and NoScript is what I use, and the combination does a great job, that is if you can get Firefox for your hardware.

Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users locked out

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Re: Why trust any third party?

> "I wouldn't trust a third party with my passwords, but I hadn't even considered availability!" <

Networking 201 (Cloud services - Password Management) - When using a cloud service for password management, ALWAYS ensure that you have a readily available local copy, so that, if for any reason you lose your Internet service, you and all of your co-workers can still continue to work.

Amazon HALVES cloud storage prices after Google's shock slash

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Re: Freaky economics

I wonder if you do understand how economics works, particularly in relation to cloud storage. You talk about how Google has reduced their storage price by 50% and can still make a profit. They may not be making a profit immediately after such a reduction, but think about why they have done this. They are looking to attract new customers to their service, which will enable them to make a profit. Where those customers comes from doesn't matter. Some of them will be completely new to using cloud storage, who haven't even considered using it before, the next lot will be those who had previously decided to not use it because of the cost that has now become a viable proposition because of the price cut, and the remainder will have come from Amazon and other cloud service providers, jumping ship because of Google's reduction. Now, Amazon has reduced their prices, some of those considering moving to Google will stay, and others in the first two groups that I mentioned above will look at Amazon and sign with them, because they don't like Google for whatever reason, or don't want to see them richer.


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