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Comment: Re:Here come the certificate flaw deniers....... (Score 3, Informative) 80

by blackpaw (#48563733) Attached to: New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

I work for a small company that signs its code - pretty much required if you want to install in any enterprise these days.

Its a certificate chain - we purchase a cert from a provider such as Verisign. They request basic proof of identity - business registration, contact number etc. They create a cert for us signed by them. Their cert is signed by Microsoft.

We sign our app with our cert - anyone accessing the binary signed by us can verify it hasn't been alterated and our cert was signed by Verisign, which was signed by Microsoft.

Note that all this provides is proof that the exe was created by us. It in no way guareentees that we aren't distributing our own malware etc. But what it does provide is a way of tracing a exe back to the signer.

Comment: Re:'Bout time (Score 1) 175

No, the telcoms infrastructure is privately owned in Australia, mainly telstra, with crap HFC from Optus. I'd like to saw we have 3rd world broadband with 1st world pricing, but in reality a lot of third world countries have much better broadband and our picing is some of the most expensive in the world.

You might be thinking of our energy grid, which in most states is publically owned, with private companies reselling it. Thats been a resounduing success with record profits for the shareholders and power bills increasing by 200% in several years.

Tasmania is notable in that it is the only state where power bills have gone down, after it started depriviastising its power generation.

Comment: Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (Score 1) 60

by blackpaw (#48155341) Attached to: KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

Tthe icons in the goddam taskbar won't stay put! You can't keep track of the ordering to find them because the layout keeps changing! Annoying as hell and more, because I absolutely can't use it like that. And they refuse to fix it! All they have to do is make it work dead simply, like Gnome 2 always worked; like Mate works. But they have this fucking oh-so-intelligent sorting algorithm that keeps flipping around the layout. Ugh, just ugh.

Undone by the simple refusal to fix one critical misfeature.

Have you tried the icon only task bar? It doesn't swap icons around for me.

Comment: Myst and Riven (Score 4, Insightful) 292

by blackpaw (#47915173) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Those were games designed only for single player, where you relished your loneliness. Beautiful visuals, sound effects and music, intriguing/infuriating puzzles. GOG have them DRM free.

I say single player, but the wife and I played them together.

I got Riven working via wine on my MythBox with a Wii controller so I could play it on my 42 inch plasma with 5.1 sound. Awesome experience.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 2) 444

by blackpaw (#47887395) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Yes, back when Solar was still hot in Australia, a 3kwH system would set you back $8000-$12,000 and that was with heavy subsidies.

They're going dirt cheap now because of installers trying to offload stock.

I have a 1.5KwH system in Brisbane, wish I could justify a 3KwH system, but without the FIT it doesn't add up now.

If we had cheap overnight storage of power I'd go offgrid.

Comment: Re:suitable for home use? (Score 1) 178

by blackpaw (#47675365) Attached to: Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

They aren't practical for long-term storage, either due to energy density or due to their tendency to lose power over time pretty quickly.

I'd be curious to know what you consider long term, as it might not be as long as you think for a home storage situation.

I have a 1.5kwh array on my home, which generates a little excess during the day and of course, is useless at night :)

I've considered bumping it up to 3 or 5kwh as I get no effective use out of the excess generation (8c/KwH). However if I could buffer it for 24-48 hours then I could effectively power my house overnight. I live in Brisbane, Australia, so it would be effectively off grid for 80% of the year.

Comment: Re: And so it begins... (Score 1) 252

by blackpaw (#47644347) Attached to: <em>Babylon 5</em> May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

I'm sorry, as much as I loved Babylon 5, it simply doesn't stand the test of time when you watch it in your 30s rather than as a teenager.

I watched it for the first time in my 30s and still found it absolutely brilliant. Just sayin'.

First saw it in my 40's here and I must agree - great show - plot, characters and yes the effects. I still think they stand up ok.

Still enjoy re-watching a season.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake

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