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Comment: Not a matter of fixing it.. (Score 1) 156

by Rexel99 (#45807671) Attached to: Australian Dept. Store Chain's Website Crashes and Can't Get Back Up

It was already broken before Christmas, I happened to go on their site the day before and even a simple search failed, category pages didn't load in a timely way and things were just visibly bad... As they have been for so long. Months ago we had a click-frenzy promotion, an attempt to have an Australian black-Friday situation and a number of web sites failed in the deluge of visitors, including at that time.. Myer.
This is a systemic problem and as a web tester I have a fair idea what is going on. The system selected and used for e-commerce is slow, the amount of legacy systems it links to and depends on is huge and when under pressure it will fail. It's not a matter of fixing it or simply throwing more technology at it, this will in fact make it worse. They don't penetration test, they are not secure, they are not up to the task of handling decent (and expected) consumer clicks and traffic, they will continue to waste money and prestige going down this path. This is another
Companies such as Myer here in Australia are complaining about their online competition and that they are losing sales to this new opportunity, other companies are making successful inroads into the sales market here because their sites work and provide a solution to consumer demand, the Australian retail and department store logic is to provide an over-priced and costly system that fails, reduce sales and support staff in the stores and then complain to the government that they have no protection against this competition.

Comment: Everything is a server... (Score 1) 301

by Rexel99 (#44560885) Attached to: EFF Slams Google Fiber For Banning Servers On Its Network

It's not just the running of torrent client/servers it is also all the systems we 'have' to have now.
I have a NAS (Network Access SERVER) for maintaining backups and delivering content to me on demand, it even runs a little security web-cam monitoring system which also... is a server.
I have a PS3, that's a server, I have a Smart TV, that's a server, my printer has a web server, my network interface has a web server.
Home automation: I dont have it, but how do you control these things and turn off your lights when your at work, via the integrated web SERVER!
I would even class some of the Android apps and google glass as a potential SERVER!
Even LED lights now have wifi and integrated web based administration.
I am not a business, I do not need to have a business account just to support the products that every first world home now has and that companies like Google themselves expect you to setup.

Comment: it is not in their interest to bankrupt you (Score 1) 347

by Rexel99 (#42780109) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

Just a consideration, but patent trolls normally approach those that are in a position to pay because it is best for them to gain an income and not just kill the cash-cow. This is now an unfortunate path in business, most tech companies will receive a claim and have to defend it and the resulting costs. You will need to talk to an IP lawyer and put forward a reasonable argument. A claim however (I am sure confirmed by a lawyer which I am not) will consider the request from a legal standpoint, is it a registered formal request or just an email that in all fairness may be ignored.

Comment: file size is good (Score 1) 440

by Rexel99 (#41208861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

In my smaller efforts, I do a standard file search in the Windows folder/browser in detail view.. say *.mov or *.mp3 and sort them by file size and it's pretty quick.
Add the folder/view column and you can see their location and identify all the duplicates. This may not work so well for .jpg or .raw where the file sizes are closer but if the file-names are also duplicated this will be quite obvious. Right-click and open destination for more info (what else is in that folder) or Simply select all but one of the files shown and delete , there and then. Done.
Or is this too simple a solution?

Comment: Re:Forced Upgrades? (Score 1) 665

by Rexel99 (#40880753) Attached to: Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It
For me Firefox was getting to be the slower option. Anytime I tried switching tabs to my Facebook or Google+ page it was slow to respond. Since I redid my system (full reinstall) I now suddenly got the Flash player breaking (which is very well know problem but not experienced by me before a full system/latest software install) so I went to Chrome full time. Much better experience, no memory issues and everything works quickly.

Comment: Re:Not buying into Facebook IPO (Score 1) 307

by Rexel99 (#39730293) Attached to: Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal Alone
This aint Kansas any more, and Mark, this is not you and a few other developers starting a new site. You have spent a good portion of the funds you have for this, not to say it's a bad purchase and I am sure you can justify it, but I am not going to spend mega bucks on a renovation for my house without discussing it properly with the wife, and nor should you Mark, you have a management board for a reason and your obligated to use them. So no, I wont be raising Facebook investments with my wife.

Comment: It aint limewire... (Score 1) 369

by Rexel99 (#35604660) Attached to: P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low
Like most of the comments, it's just because people are getting it from elsewhere, places that are not monitored in the same way. Users are smarter now and limewire was too obvious, the youtube rips etc are now unmonitored and uncounted... Easy. Oh and reason B, music has become crap and the reason for downloading it has been diminished, thus sales are still down. Limewire was so 5 years ago...

Comment: Re:Correct (Score 1) 665

by Rexel99 (#35565410) Attached to: Why Doesn't Every Website Use HTTPS?
Yes, in summary there are a number of issue to contend with by doing it and none actually improve the situation for users or admins or the traffic/networks. Since intercepted traffic is not really an issue anyway (in reality with network switches etc) at least at the network level then having twitter etc login on std http is not really a big issue. Your more likely to have your password guessed, trojaned or brute-forced or keylogged than for it being intercepted (like a postcard being read by a postman). You can go to https://facebook/twitter/gmail to login if you want (and further protect your password) but for most web sites displaying public and open content (at least before you get to a checkout) using ssl is a big headache.

Comment: Re:It's bad (Score 1) 524

by Rexel99 (#33779290) Attached to: US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security
You idiot, public information actually being used is now a threat? ...But guns in the US are a right? Derp! There are at least three apps in iTunes that do this, AR is only one of them yet because it has the AR feature (overlayed on the camera view like Layar etc) it is a perceived problem. Does anybody really think that terrorists with missiles are actually going to use this app for guidance information? Heres is a great example. Melbourne Cricket Ground, AFL Grand Final. Planned and Expected, Qantas A380 fly-over. I live near the Melbourne Airport, yet this shows up, the A380 comes down from Sydney, circles a nearby suburb 4 times for 30 minutes, goes over the MCG arena and leaves. There is no way I could use this information to determine the flight-path or expected location of this plane. I knew more about it from the TV broadcast than what this app could deliver.

Comment: Re:Unclean hands (Score 1) 340

by Rexel99 (#32201244) Attached to: Rockstar Ships <em>Max Payne 2</em> Cracked By Pirates
This may depend on the country that the crack was produced. It is possible that in certain locations, the crack or cracking/modification of the original items was not in itself illegal. In Australia chipping a game console is quite legal, but obtaining illegal copies is not. In this sense copying a game chip and it's propriety content would be illegal, even if it was re-distributed back into countries where the act itself was illegal. So (and people are skirting around it here, but to state it obviously)... Are Rockstar illegally distributing software produced quite legally? I will add one other scenario, you can claim a legitimate tax deduction for lost profits of illicit income. In that, if your drug money was stolen you can claim a tax deduction because of course, you were paying tax on your income and properly informing the government about this in the first place right?

Comment: it aint just windows... (Score 1) 388

by Rexel99 (#31363054) Attached to: Typical Windows User Patches Every 5 Days
and yes this may be 'automated' but I don't leave my pc's on all hours so they dont all automate the patches that are released, and if I do leave it on it's for a reason so I get really upset finding my PC is running blank when I return the next day with a note saying your PC rebooted because of updates and my downloads/rendering/processing apps were all terminated Doh. It all the extra stuff though, Adobe, Firefox (and add-ins), Java, Virus, Logitech (kb's and webcams), Apps like torrent/tweet/scanner/etc/etc all look at the web and offer updates over and over again. It's a constant task to do this, and the 'regular' user like me is probably doing it on 2 or 3 machines at home and on behalf of their parents/family/friends pc's also. Not to mention this impacts on my downloads/net. Perhaps nice way to do all of this automatically and run a proxy so it only downloads once would be nice, but can I see these companies getting together to make it a nice quality service for the user, unlikely.

Comment: How many convictions in OZ? (Score 1) 101

by Rexel99 (#28709071) Attached to: Australia Considering P2P 'Three Strikes' Law
The question is, how many times have people been lawfully charged and convicted of illegal file sharing in Australia? I am not actually aware of any, sure the big movie companies and such send you emails accusing people of it all the time but lawfully charged and prosecuted? If it's down to what the big companies think then very few people will have an internet connection by the end of the decade, and there's the problem, nobody is going to police it at a government level, they will all just process the reams of logs and traffic that some private eye contractor on behalf of 'corny entertainment' shoves in there face and the normally responsible person get persecuted, and not properly prosecuted.

Comment: Well that's mostly been unhelpful I am sure... (Score 1) 601

by Rexel99 (#28477797) Attached to: How To Get Out of Developer's Block?
I love how 85% of comments on Slashdot are totally unhelpful and a waste of time. This developer is trying to do the right thing and get themselves motivated on their job, Slashdot and web sites in general are a distraction and they can also be an aid to a solution but 7 pages of 'get to work' and 'drink coffee' are using serious energy typing that in, for those that provided these types of comment, shuddup and go exercise! I don't think coding block is like writers block, writing a story usually comes from imagination and new ideas where coding comes from a logical progression to a solution. Break your tasks down into that logical progression; First find the solutions, what the tasks your trying to accomplish actually are, go back to the beginning, go back to the requirements list and re-work it, re-write it and go over these requirements again with somebody in the know, somebody who is open to discussion and can work together with you to re-understand what it is your trying to do. Break it down into parts, the functions, the challenges come first and the design, look and feel come later. We use Agile project methodology where we write those tasks on cards and the developers take them as items they can accomplish as simple steps, prioritise and go through to complete. It may seem silly but write up these tasks as line items on a list or separate pieces of paper. Have your testers contribute those cards to you also and then you will begin to get some workflow happening... Hey were moving... I hope this helps gives you some ideas and gets you moving beyond the blockage.

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