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Comment: Abbott is a moron (Score 1) 73

He is an idiot. Total numbskull. He's a great leader since everything he says can be guaranteed to be stupid. You know where you are with Abbott and so does the rest of the world. No worries Tony. You can be titular head of whatever you want to be, just ignore all the stuff going around you and everything will be ok.

Comment: Re:wot dafuq (Score 1) 230

by Whiteox (#49796055) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

My experiences date from 1978. Athens was a different place to what I imagine it is today. Greek coffee with cold water, hardboiled eggs and olives? Beautiful and very civilized.
Strangely, it reminded me of Sydney when I lived there as a child. There were a lot of Greek immigrants at the time and they left in me a lasting impression.
I am all too aware of the Ottoman (Ozman) scourge. My birth country (Hungary) was split into 3 by the Turks who occupied it for 150 years. They destroyed the churches and people fled away. The Poles helped drive them out back to Istanbul by 1715.
Before, Hungary and Byzantine were good friends. The Emperor gave our first king his crown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
Even before that time, the Hungarians (Magyars) fought as mercenaries with Byzantine. So the history goes a long way back.

My school studies in ancient Greek history made me want to visit as soon as I could. I spent a month there in autumn, mainly on the mainland. I only went to Corfu and Chios. Why Chios? For the mastika! No one who chews mastika has bad breath. I also think that they burn the mastika (or something very similar) in certain RC church sacraments.

I always had the opinion that I would retire on a Greek island one day... maybe not in this lifetime though :)

Comment: Re:wot dafuq (Score 1) 230

by Whiteox (#49795425) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

I've been to Chios. I have a long story to tell of my adventures there. Suffice to say that after 1 week of trying to find transport for a Swiss friend of mine to Turkey, did I realise that there was a Turkish faction on the island and no Greek wanted to help him. Eventually he got on board a fishing vessel after his papers were stamped and left for a small coastal town.
On the trip to Chios, almost everyone on the boat was military. Some spoke English. They were on a training mission but I didn't see them again.
Yes I loved Greece. Amazing place. I even liked Athens!

Comment: Re:Yeah, except that's not universally true either (Score 1) 268

by Whiteox (#49787647) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

For me, I had to find $350-$400/month for electricity, every month. I was lucky and got $10k inheritance. Various subsidies allowed me to install a $20k 3kw system (practical input about 2.3 kwh about 5 years ago. Legislature subsidy gave me 64c/kwh, dropping to 60c/kwh presently. As soon as my contract expires (any time now), I'll be paid 20c/kwh which is almost retail where I am (Australia). For the first few years it knocked 65% off my usage. Then when I got rid of the kids (sold for scientific experiments), I started to achieve credit in the summer months, almost evening out my winter usage, so I can say that I almost get a net 0 cost/year. It won't last though. When I get forced onto the reduced rate of 20c, my power bills will increase, but nowhere near what it was originally.

Now I didn't care too much *wasting* the $10k on the system because I didn't have to find $400/month, every month. That means that I had money for other things and much reduced stress on the family. After 5 years I worked out that I have almost paid the $10k back (there were 4 failures* in that time).
Doesn't matter about the capital expense! The long term savings in money and more importantly stress has paid for the system.

Failures:
The street voltage was too high for the inverter, so the inverter couldn't pump the power to the grid (2x). This was fixed by choking the street's line transformer.
The Inverter (cheap chinese shit) broke.
Birds ripped off the cover of a buss box on the roof and it filled with water.
Total cost to repair after insurance was about $500.
Loss of income from downtimes: $500 estimated.

Comment: Re:retail management (Score 1) 83

by Whiteox (#49773299) Attached to: Attackers Use Email Spam To Infect Point-of-Sale Terminals

Ermmm... This guy should not be modded down. What he stated is default in most smaller shops. There are variations like the POS program talks to a CC swipe machine to send item totals and receives receipt information.
What got me was that in one particular case, they fired the whole IT support who set up the initial VPN Intranet and the new IT moved everything to internet. Really dumb.

Comment: Re:E-mail client? (Score 4, Informative) 83

by Whiteox (#49773269) Attached to: Attackers Use Email Spam To Infect Point-of-Sale Terminals

Email is there in Win XP and later. These POS terminals are full computers with a cash drawer underneath, merchant banking device and card swipe periperhals. They are networked to a local printer and mainly controlled by IT through remote desktop. They are typically in smaller shops with 2 or more terminals. They do stock control, daily cash calculations etc as they replace traditional Z type cash registers.
Emails are sent by head office to all managers. Intranet and internet are available as well. So yes, they can be infected with spam emails.

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