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Comment SecureCRT (Score 1) 352

I'm using a copy of SecureCRT that I bought over 10 years ago (actually probably closer to 15 now). It has worked flawlessly on every version of Windows I've had during that time.

It is nicely portable between new machines too; I just have to keep a registry file with the license info in the directory to import when I move to a new system.

I suspect at some point it might just break. But I'm pretty happy with the mileage I've gotten out of it!

Comment Damn those spies! (Score 1) 83

I guess these are the same spies that are trying to hack into my website every night! I guess they're lucky they're only getting Chinese and Russian ones!

Seriously though, three news articles are linked to in this story and zero of them have any more information that differentiates this even remotely from the standard brute force hacking attempts that I'm sure everyone that reads Slashdot puts up with on a daily basis on their various servers and systems.

As far as I can tell for anyone in IT here in Australia, there's no way to distinguish this from an actual threat from foreign nation states attempting to CYBER-espionage us, and just the typical random background noise of automated exploit scriptkiddie stuff.

Any real tech journos want to try to get some actual information?

Comment Sci Fi quote about slide rules (Score 1) 220

As someone too young to have seen slide rules, I nonetheless loved this quote when I read it in Asimov's "I, Robot":

So they waited and relaxed until the drawing-board men and the slide-rule boys had said âoeOK!â

Despite the references to the nerd technology of the time, the intent of the sentence is so clear that it brought a smile to my face, thinking of the nerds that would have read that back when it was written and instantly feeling a sense of recognition.

Comment Re:redundancy (Score 1) 183

I've had a great experience with TWC in Columbus OH, I had an problem about 6 weeks ago that meant Internet was going up and down. They sent someone out and fixed it within a day.

They also gave me a credit without me asking for it. It was small (under 10 bucks I think, maybe 10% of my bill) but I was impressed. Maybe it is different because other providers are available in my area.

Comment So does Australian intelligence agency ASIO (Score 3, Interesting) 52

I noticed the other day that ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) throws a SHA-1 warning in Chrome ("This site uses a weak security configuration (SHA-1 signatures), so your connection may not be private").


Still almost two years left on the cert.

So I wonder:

1) Is this a terribly big deal and, as Chrome (i.e., Google) warns, should I be massively concerned that our chief intelligence agency is running with algorithms that are considered obsolete by the infosec community?!


2) Have they carefully looked at all the known SHA-1 weaknesses (and presumably several that are not known to the wider public) and determined the risk is acceptable and that (for example) people applying for jobs on their website are not in danger of having their details compromised?!

Comment Free speech in the US?! (Score 0) 618

I'm surprised (maybe I shouldn't be) about the narrative and comments (particularly on Slashdot) around these kind of events. Lots of calling people out as "SJW" to justify what seems to be horrible childish responses to trying to have a conversation, or over-the-top political correctness gone mad trying to apply general principles to weird random exceptional social/cultural issues.

What is far more interesting to me (as a non-American) is the ease at which free speech is thrown aside. I think the First Amendment is one of the most amazing things in any culture; the fact that it is enshrined into US law at such a low level is fascinating.

The entire point of 1A (to me) seems to be to give people the freedom to ALWAYS be able to use speech to push for causes they believe in. Threaten violence to shut down speech is clearly a first class douche maneuver in any circumstance, but seeing it happen in the US - where the right to do so is baked into the Constitution that so many of its citizens are so proud of - is especially depressing.

SXSW, as a conference, has a duty of care to its attendees. Threats of violence (... particularly in the US where one of the other popular amendments increases the risk) need to be taken seriously, even though I'm sure most of us would agree these threats are mostly from impotent keyboard warriors. So their stance is understandable. But it still makes me sad.

Comment My Nexus 4 does this too (Score 0) 59

I pulled it out of my pocket about an hour ago and it was off. I'd just gotten it off the charger - it only had about 35% battery left, but it definitely was nowhere near running out.

This happens to me about once every 4-6 weeks. Seems to be totally random. Stock phone running latest official OS.

If it was happening frequently I'd be pretty sad but as it is I just see it as me leaving my computer on for more than a month and it deciding it needs a break and crashing.

Comment Re:Best sunscreen... (Score 1) 114

Not sure if that was sarcastic, but OP is correct (with the addition of synthetic materials). I live by the ocean where the UV index is almost always extreme. Rash guards/wetsuits can cover most of your body and really are the best way to protect against the sun if you spend any amount of time in the water. It doesn't wash off and you don't miss spots (it's also it's better for the environment for those that care about it).

Rashies are very common in Australia at the beach (I wear one any time I go into water at all because it's so much easier than sunscreening my body).

For summer sports though they're not really an option. Cricket is manageable; you can wear long sleeves and pants and hats and be covered. But for more active sports (e.g., I play soccer) wearing long clothes is very uncomfortable.

I've been in the US for most of summer and play soccer several times a week during the day so have become more familiar with local sunscreen options. Almost looking forward to winter where I /have/ to wear long clothes. Back home I try to play soccer at night!

Comment Re:Re-what? (Score 1) 139

Given the description, it sounds like they're ripe for some additional regulation.

While I don't disagree, it should be noted that one of the reasons companies don't ship internationally is to preserve their local distribution models. From Australia it's often impossible to buy certain big brands (IIRC, things like North Face) from places like Amazon - they have local distribution locked down so they can control the price points globally (Moosejaw have a list of some of these brands.

As a result, reshippers became quite popular in Australia. So much so, that our national postal service actually created a dedicated reshipping agency called ShopMate!

Comment Love to see an open source competitor (Score 1) 26

I've thought for a while an international collaboration between taxi companies via open source would be a great way for them to combat Uber. Rather than spin off a million of their own crappy little apps with terrible user experience, they could all be working together to make a nice piece of software they can all use.

One of the reasons Uber is great (for me anyway) is it works really really well when traveling. You turn up at a new place, load the app, and you know it will work. I can get a price estimate in an entirely new city while I'm on the plane waiting to disembark. A collaborative approach between taxi services would allow for the same kind of thing internationally.

There's all the usual benefits of an an open source app as well; I'd feel much more comfortable - I don't like all the permissions required (Android) and the mystery behind the Uber app.

Comment Re:When Windows - Windows 10? (Score 1) 165

- it does things to your computer that you did not ask it to do

Like a bug?

- it downloads software you did not ask it to download

Like all Google software that auto-updates?!

- it gathers data from your computer and sends it to distant servers without your knowledgeable permission (agreeing to a fine-print multi-page EULA is not knowledgeable permission)

This is a good one though.

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