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Comment: Australia can get it right (Score 2, Interesting) 102

by mjwx (#48044769) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure
Why cant the UK or US?

We've had online registration and health care services for years. I haven't had to fill out a medicare form or go into a medicare office... ever. Not once in my adult life.

As for online vehicle registration. Thats state based instead of national (well we only have 7 states and 2 territories) my state, Western Australia did away with registration stickers that you would affix to your windscreen years ago... Before I got my drivers license in fact. Apart from a the tired whines of a few dullards who ignore the reminder the government sends them about their expiring vehicle registration six weeks in advance it's been a fantastic success.

If I need to know when my registration is up, I just look it up. If I want to know if the car I'm buying is registered (and for how long) I can just look up the number plate. About the only thing a malicious person can do on this website is pay my rego for me.

Comment: Re:Scion marketed to, trimmed for younger, less ca (Score 1) 248

by mjwx (#48044503) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Incidentally, those Subaru engines might be "lacklustre" but they have amazingly flat curves and they have a massive assload of headroom left in them.

Which leads to pretty lacklustre times, 0-100, 80-120, 1/4 mile.

Dont get me wrong however, if someone told me that they wanted a fun car, my first response would be "get a GT86" in my best Jeremy Clarkson accent. It is a cornering machine.

Sure there's plenty of potential... but the thing about potential is that you need to work to unlock it. As the owner of a Silvia S15, let me say mods are expensive if you want them done well enough not to blow up the car you're spending thousands on improving. Its not as simple as bolting on a turbo, your suspension and anti-roll bars need to be reworked at a minimum.

The Subaru FA engine is of course, a fantastic engine, it's the same engine that goes into the WRX some STI's. But these both have turbochargers. The FA20 the Toyobaru twins _is_ a WRX engine without a turbocharger. Many have argued, as you have that the 86/BRZ are the 180's (Silvia S13) of their day. A light weight, highly modifiable, extremely reliable sports car for the masses... And I buy that argument completely, certainly a flat 4 sounds fantastic (a hell of a lot better than the SR20DET in a 180). But Toyota and Subaru should have turbocharged it from the word go. Toyota's FT86 concept was turbocharged but I guess Subaru didn't want it competing too much with the WRX.

If you maintain a Subaru with a manual transmission well, you can expect it to really hold up.

This needs to be said again. A basically maintained Subi will go for donkeys years.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 1) 463

by mjwx (#48043937) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

32 GB "absolute minimum" and 80 GB recommended? An additional 20 GB per year because of updates? Are you butt-fucking kidding me? Do you Microsofties ever take a peek at the competition? Has it never occurred to you that this is not normal or even reasonable?

As a sysadmin who deals with both Windows and Linux (Debian and Red Hat mainly) I can say that most vendors seriously over estimate their minimum requirements for servers. 40 GB is plenty for a 2008 R2 server, 60 if you're feeling generous.

An extra 20 GB for 40 servers is 800 GB on tier 0 storage (and yes, for these 40 servers they are required to be on SSD).

Its not just MS, regularly see tiny little packages designed for accounting or some such that have stupid requirements for a low number of users. Some things like a full version of MSSQL server, 8 cores, 16 GB of RAM and it only deals with about 10 GB of data, even some Linux applications that specify it must be a physical (and they'll refuse to help you if you install it on a virtual). Its sloppy testing and sloppy marketing.

As I said, in 2014 Microsoft finally admitted that the growing WinSxS folder was a concern and created a way to clean it up. It shrunk my 19GB down to just under 2. I understand why Windows needs to keep some old assemblies, but they dont need to keep all of them.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 4, Funny) 463

by mjwx (#48043873) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Meanwhile I've been running the same Windows 7 install since the tail end of 2009. That's with a fuckton of install, uninstall, and the occasional defrag and registry cleaning, especially on this tiny 120GB disk. Still runs exactly as it did back then.

Its entirely possible you're slowing down at the same pace as your machine.

Comment: Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 839

by mjwx (#48043429) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

"Water freezes at zero and boils at one hundred. What could be simpler?"

0 is a cold winter day, and 100 is a hot summer day.

That means the base system will be different for Yellowknife, Canada and Darwin, Australia as a winters day in Darwin is warmer than the summer in Yellowknife. With Metric we know that if it's 14 degrees C, we know that its going to be a bit chilly and to wear a jacket no matter where in the world you are.

Comment: Re:WRX (Score 1) 248

by mjwx (#48043307) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I drive a Subaru WRX/STi, and I've been pulled over once. When they realized I was over 40 and not a 17 year old with a souped up car they got really disappointed. I didn't get a ticket but they did say that my license plate frame was crooked.

In Australia you get what we call "the personality test" which is whether a cop decides to give you a ticket or not.

If you go around with a "Fuck tha Po-leece" attitude you'll find the police are quite obliging but you'll also figure out that when you fuck the police, the police won't be the "taker". If you're polite and civil, you're more likely to drive away with a bollocking rather than a ticket.

Comment: Re:I have a Supra, and it's true (Score 1) 248

by mjwx (#48043273) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I get messed with the cops at least every other time I take my 94 Supra out. It isn't fun. The worst is being tailgated by a county cop. Going through a town or two and they are still on your ass sucks. Not that I'm doing anything wrong, but it's still the annoyance because you know they are going to pop you for SOMETHING.

I drive a Nissan 200sx (Silvia S15) and when a cop starts tailgating me (rare but it happens, some cops are just jerks). I pull over and let them pass. Very few cops will call that bluff.

You've got to be doing something wrong to be getting the cops attention every single time. Cops usually pick on people that are driving erratically (or in laymans terms, driving like a cock).

But I also keep a dash camera as insurance. I hate he-said/she-said arguments.

Comment: Re:Scion marketed to, trimmed for younger, less ca (Score 1) 248

by mjwx (#48043227) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Probably. Considering the BRZ is practically a copy of the FR-S, I don't expect too many people who want to buy a Subaru sports car is going to get one that looks the same as a piece of crap Scion.

The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are the same car. It was a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru (hence the car is referred to as the Toyobaru or sometimes Subiota). Toyota did the body, electrics and suspension, Subaru put did the engine.

Unfortunately, the flat 4 boxers that Subaru produce have always been lacklustre without a turbocharger. A nice high revving honda K series would have been a better choice if they had to be NA but they wouldn't have been able to make the car as low as it is (flat engines are well, rather flat, normal inline 4's tend to be taller).

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 248

by mjwx (#48043199) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

What's the point of doing more than 65 on a congested highway? 65 will get you there in about the same time as zoom stop zig zag zoom stop zoom stop and be more pleasant, save fuel, and not call attention from the police.

This, not only will weaving in and out of lanes use more fuel and is a lot more frustrating, it's slower.

If you drive down the same bit of highway every day, you should figure out which lanes move faster and how best to use this to your advantage. I drive down a stretch of road each day where the right lane is congested (Australia is an RHD country, so the right lane is an overtaking lane) so the left lane is moving faster. I have to take a right to get onto the road that my work is on. Rather than trying to push into traffic I just go straight through the lights and take the next right. Sure I have to come back but it's actually faster because there's very little traffic on that road despite being longer.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 4, Informative) 463

by mjwx (#48043095) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

This means that a WinSxS folder that is 6GB costs around .90 Cents, and uses slightly more than 1 Percent of the drive.

I think you just don't understand what WinSxS is, how it works, and what the problem is that it is designed to address, suggest you start reading a bit more.

The reason the old Sxs assemblies need to be kept, is that installed software may require the usage of an old assembly.

Just because an update has superceded a certain library version, does not mean that all applications that still rely on it should be broken.

When you've got a 19 GB Win SxS folder on a 40 GB HDD (which is plenty for a server and expensive on Tier 0 SSD's) it's a serious issue. 19 GB is not ridiculous, it's not even usual for a 2 yr old server that's been updated regularly. 19 GB across 250 virtual servers is a serious waste of space. Even 6 GB is a massive costs in infrastructure. Not every update needs to keep dozens of updates. Fortunately Microsoft has addressed this problem (as of April this year, so relatively quick in Microsoft time) so that the WinSxS folder can be cleaned up.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 3, Insightful) 463

by mjwx (#48043037) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Even with an SSD, if applications are leaving behind shit in the various places shit can run on startup, you might be losing CPU or memory to some task that doesn't need to be there.

Win Rot is alive and well in Windows 7.

Both my gaming machine and personal laptop have serious performance issues after 8 or so months (OK, the laptop is 2 years old but I use that infrequently). Both have SSD's, both were blisteringly fast when first installed.

Surprisingly enough, my work laptop is fine but I dont install much on there.

You can have this problem on other OSes like OSX and Linux too, but Windows is the only OS where the SOP is to make a mess of things. Don't like an app on OSX or linux? Just delete them. most of the garbage goes with it.

As a sysadmin, the biggest issue I have with Linux servers are the servers running out of space (mostly because some slovenly developer or DBA didn't bother writing a script to clean up log files or other output so it just grows until the disk runs out of space). Clogging up disk space with garbage is sort of *nix rot. Whilst Linux and OS X have no registry to clog up things, running out of disk space is a lot more painful on *nix than it is on Windows.

Very few *nix machines ever get used in the same abusive fashion as most people treat their windows boxen though.

Comment: Re:Completely Contained? (Score 0) 451

by mjwx (#48031987) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

This* What people fail to realise is that Ebola is not very contagious. It has a high mortality rate which makes it scary as but as far as contagious goes it has nothing on influenza or many other viral infections.


Ebola is only transmissible by direct blood contact. Even kissing is not a guaranteed transmission vector (but likely as Ebola is a haemorrhagic fever, which means they'll likely be bleeding inside the mouth as the infection progresses).

Comment: Re:I measure taste like a food critic (Score 1) 103

by mjwx (#48031883) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Real Thai food is very spicy as the Thais love their chilis. I like my food spicy, but when you ask for Thai food "local style" (as opposed to the tourist food that is a lot milder), you get a VERY hot dish.

Not all Thai food is spicy but very few dishes are bland and tasteless. If you've ever been to Thailand and tasted proper Thai food you'd quickly have learned that the muck that gets passed off at Thai food in western countries is nothing like the real thing. Much like proper Chinese food, it's westernised and made bland. Often in Australia Thai restaurants aren't even run by Thais.

when you ask for Thai food "local style" (as opposed to the tourist food that is a lot milder), you get a VERY hot dish.

The best way is to ask in Thai, "Phet" means spicy, "Phet mak" is very spicy and "Phet mak mak" is very very spicy. For those of you with weak stomachs "Mai Phet" is not spicy.

A quick note on the Thai language, it's a tonal language so you might want to hear how they're spoken before practising yourself.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang