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Comment I went XBox One. (Score 1) 375

Depends on your kids. Personally, I got the XBox One primarily because of Kinect; I wanted something that would encourage physical activity along with playing, rather than just sitting on a couch. Unfortunately, my kids are probably too young for anything other than Nintendo (4 and 7) - Xbone games are really aimed at older people. So they basically just watch Netflix on it. A nice thing I've set up is facial recognition (which works extremely well) so they can't watch Netflix unless the XBox first sees my face.

Also, I am a Windows 10 guy (which I know just lost me 100% cred on this site), so the integration between XBone and Windows 10 is nice. I know others will bag that it's based on Windows but personally, I use Windows - like a lot - so I can actually (theoretically - I don't actually do it) play my Xbox games on my PC and sync the same accounts, photos, etc. without effort. That's nice.

Submission + - New anti-piracy law in Australia already being abused (

Gumbercules!! writes: A small Australian ISP has received a demand that it block access to an overseas website or face legal action in the Federal Court, in a case in which a building company is demanding the ISP block access to an overseas site with a similar name. This case is being seen as a test case, potentially opening the way for companies and aggregated customers to use the new anti-piracy laws to block access to companies or their competition. The ISP in question has obviously been selected because they're very small and have limited financial capacity to fight a legal case.

Comment Re:Seems unlikely to be effective (Score 1) 81

Which is not a lot of comfort to the guy who got both his arms bitten off, in Western Australia ( It doesn't really matter if the shark considers you a preferred meal or not, once it's taken a bite out of you.

Comment Disaster waiting to happen (Score 4, Insightful) 85

The biggest problem is shown in the ABC article in the summary. At this time, ISPs are starting to do it but in a grace period (until April 2017). 84% of ISPs are storing data in plain text, right now, because of the "costs" of encryption. 61% of ISPs have applied to be permanently exempt from encrypting this data. Just looking at this, you already know this shit is going to get stolen. You just know it. Some ISPs will certainly have this data directly accessible from their corporate LANs and some will even have it accessible from the internet. You know it without even needing to be told. Because this shit happens all the time. Many of these ISPs will not have done much to get ready and they'll have shoddily made, inhouse systems that were made as quickly and cheaply as possible. So it's a certainty that this data is going to get stolen. And when that happens, who knows what information will be leaked, that someone really didn't want leaked. It'll make Ashley Madison look trivial.

Comment Re:Never reuse passwords (Score 1) 146

Watch this year's DEFCON talk on Bitcoin hacking to see why correcthorsebatterystaple actually isn't a good password idea.

Many attack routines now simply combine many words together, like this, to brute force, so you're not actually looking at entropy based on character length - your entropy is based on number of words, which is far less. In you "maddisoncompromisedmarriagelost" example, you only have an entropy of 4 - which is not, I think you'll agree, a large number. The crack times to break these are quite short - and in that video, you'll see he cracks some far longer combinations of words. Many people use entire lines from poems or from their favourite novels as passwords - so dozens of words - and they still get cracked in a very short time.

Comment I will miss the Storyteller app (Score 3, Interesting) 77

I actually like Lumia Storyteller. Not because of the story teller feature - but because it opens the images in full resolution. On my Nokia 930, I can zoom in endlessly in storyteller - with the 20MP camera, I can read the numberplate on a car that's little more than a dot in the photo - but in the Windows Photo app, I can hardly zoom in at all.

Considering the camera is about the only reason I am sticking with a Windows Phone... bad move, Microsoft.

Comment Because most people do? (Score 2) 474

Because many people across many industries dislike their jobs? Seriously - most people are paid to go to work, for a reason. Sure, some people have the luxury of loving their job (or just liking it) but they're not the norm, they're the exception. Most people find the things they do at work, day to day, unpleasant.

IT workers have the added gripe that no one ever contacts us for good reasons. It's just one endless day of bailing out thankless users / customers. However I think you'll find many other industries feel the same way about their work.

We also have the negative that our work usually follows us 24x7, while many people just clock off at 5 and go do whatever it is they do. Other industries have this, true - but IT probably has this at a higher level.

Comment Re: How about "no"? (Score 1) 728

I think you'll find the US does follow Australia (or vice versa) on this. Likewise, Australia does not prosecute you for smoking weed in Amsterdam - but the concept here is, it could chose to do so, should it wish; it's just simply not a priority or a concern. The law is the law. If Germany chooses to prosecute Germans who break German law, regardless of what that law is, then so be it. It's Germany's prerogative to do so. You can't say that the law says you can't say certain things in German, except on Facebook or where does it end.

The real argument here isn't whether or not German citizens should be above certain German laws, when on Facebook - of course they should not. Facebook is not some legal free-zone. The real argument is whether or not the law should exist - but once it does, it has to exist everywhere.

Comment Re: How about "no"? (Score 1) 728

Well then they are also subject to German law, if German law says so. For example, if I, as an Australian, was to go overseas and commit a crime as defined in Australia, I could still be charged. We (Australia) use this law all the time to prosecute people who go on child-sex safaris in South East Asia (as we should) or who join ISIS, for example. Are you seriously suggesting that just because you take a holiday you should also take a holiday from the law?

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 706

Sounds like someone's being reading the promotional material. I don't know what part of Australia you live in but I actually work in many Australian data centres and I *promise* you, I could get in without an AK-47. I have personally coat-tailed in to many of them, behind complete strangers, on more than one occasion. I make a game of trying to do just that, in fact - just to see if anyone ever stops me. In all the times I've done that, I recall once that the person in front of me, who I was coat-tailing, actually stopped me and asked me for my ID. Considering he was not even an employee of the datacentre but just a colo customer, I don't know what he could even have done, had I told him to get stuffed.

Many of them would be trivial to break in to, if I didn't care about leaving physical damage behind and the only ramification would be I'd be caught on film (which would hardly be a major issue for someone willing to think it through).

For all the talk about being extremely secure, many are basically if not completely (usually completely) unmanned after hours, many are in normal office buildings in and around the various CBDs and rely on little more than a swipe card preventing you selecting a specific floor from the lift and not having a hammer to break the invariably glass door past said lift (which may be tempered glass but it's still only a couple cm embedded into an aluminium frame, so bullet-proofing isn't going to help, here). There are a handful of higher tiered ones scattered around that do have (a single) security guard(s) after hours but I they're usually little more than a concierge.

As with all things in Australia, the vast majority of our datacentre physical security comes down to our national security policy of "it'll never happen, so why worry about it".

I have been in datacentres that house equipment belonging to a certain American company, that starts with "G" and ends with "oogle" and the only enhanced security they had was a yellow mesh around their racks, made out of the same stuff that fails to protect the doors and windows of residential houses from 12 years olds on a daily basis.

I've been in the supposedly "most secure, tier 3" commercial datacentre in the country and seen the perimeter fence and main access doors propped open by reels of cabling, because electricians doing onsite work didn't want to have to be buzzed in, constantly, while collecting stuff from their vans. I've even had an electrician who was testing onsite UPS hold doors to secure areas open for me, without asking me who I was or if I had access to them (without me even asking him to). Security in Australian datacentres is not quite where it should be.

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